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Book Title: The Young Hitler I Knew|
The author of the book: August Kubizek
ISBN 13: 9781853676949
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Greenhill Books
Date of issue: September 15th 2006
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This book, published in 1953 by Adolf Hitler's childhood friend August Kubizek, is frequently referred to in the sixth volume of Knausgård's Min kamp; Knausgård quotes long passages and also compares with Hitler's various biographers, in particular Ian Kershaw.
Kubizek was Hitler's best friend for about four years, and they shared lodgings in Vienna for several months. Knausgård's opinion is that Kubizek was the only real friend Hitler ever had, and the person who knew him best. He also thinks that the memoir is essentially honest. It was begun in the 40s, under the orders of the Third Reich, and completed after the war; during the first period, Kubizek was being pressed to write a hagiography of Hitler, and during the second he was expected to demonize him, but he did neither of these things.
The most surprising aspect of Kubizek's account, at least as presented by Knausgård, is that Hitler doesn't come across as an evil person; the worst that can be said about him is that he is egoistic and somewhat out of touch with reality. This is actually much more frightening than a portrait of an inhuman monster. It is easy to see how people you know yourself could turn into the creature Hitler later became, and Knausgård's book explores this theme in great detail. He strongly disagrees with Kershaw's reading of Kubizek's text, and suggests that Kershaw is overinterpreting the facts in the light of Hitler's future career.
I am curious to read Kubizek's memoir and decide for myself.
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Read information about the authorAugust ("Gustl") Kubizek (died in Eferding) was a close friend of Adolf Hitler when both were in their late teens. He later wrote about their friendship.
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