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Young Hitler: The story of our friendship Hardcover – 1 Jan 1973

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Mann (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704100320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704100329
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,760,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. with dw, 1973, 204pp

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By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a far better book than I expected and I am glad that I followed the advice of reviewers of the later edition, The Young Hitler I Knew: The Memoirs of Hitler's Childhood Friend, and sought out the original translation with the more informative and less On Message forward by Hugh Trevor-Roper.

The memoir is far better written than I expected and is a surprisingly easy read. In fairness I would have to question the reliability of Kubizek's memory after some 40 years and his recollection of converstions and dialogues from so long ago, but leaving that aside this is still a fascinating and absorbing insight of the young man that became The Most Evil Man Who Ever Lived.

A must have for anyone with more than a passing interest in Hitler, the NSDAP and the Third Reich.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x88293738) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87b55bc4) out of 5 stars Get ahold of this book, whatever it takes 12 Aug. 2003
By anna - Published on
Format: Hardcover
So much of what is today accepted as "fact" about Adolf Hitler is full of inconsistencies and assumption. It has been my experience that the public will readily swallow whatever they are fed about Hitler without giving so much as a second thought as to whether or not it is accurate. I wish I could be indifferent to this and take a neutral stance, but I cannot. I have dedicated six years of my life to studying that of Hitler, and it pains me to witness the widespread ignorance displayed by the majority whenever his name is mentioned.
This is why this book is so important to me. It is by far the best ever written about his young adulthood and, in short, who he really was as a person, an individual; for in order to begin to grasp who Hitler was, one must look into his past.
During the years the two spent together in Linz and later in Vienna, young Adolf was already developing into who he would later become. For getting a deeper perspective of the true nature of Adolf Hitler, August Kubizek is, in my humble opinion, the most reliable source for insight into this complicated human being. No one knew Hitler more intimately than he did. He was also reunited with his old friend three decades after their ways parted in Vienna, and thus gives valuable insight regarding "Adolf Hitler, the Führer". And, as Kubizek remarked, "Hitler didn't change."
The words Kubizek uses to describe his young friend convey the image of a deep, passionate, gifted and serious young man who, due to his great obsession with changing the world around him, did not enjoy his youth in any traditional sense. Kubizek did his friend a great service by writing this book. It is required reading for all serious students of Hitler's incredible life, for it is an honest, first-hand account of the young starving artist, open and unbiased--unlike any other book ever to tackle the subject.
Kubizek was, I am convinced, a good man who had nothing to gain and everything to lose by publishing the truth about Adolf Hitler's character and showing the world his "human" side, because the world after the war (and even today) was not interested in the truth. So many were then and still are content to write Hitler off as the embodiment of all evil, to reject his humanity. .
Kubizek's book, although published over 50 years ago, shines like a beacon among so many lesser works -- written by those who had never so much as spoken to their subject -- countering all the blindness and ignorance that those looking to criticize Hitler can dish out by, in turn, showing us the other side of who Adolf Hitler was: the poet, the dreamer, the visionary, the artist, the son, the brother, and the friend.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x87a7d318) out of 5 stars Friendship Reviewed 3 Feb. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
August Kubizeks book on his friendship is one of the greatest source books on the subject of Hitlers young life. You get the impression that many issues are still unresolved in Kubizeks own mind as to His 'role' in Hitlers life. A very lucid book that leaves out nothing. Kubizek seems to want to ask what the fuss is all about, Hitler was his friend, Whats the big deal?
One important thing about this book is that L Machtans theories ('Hidden Hitler') can be discounted after reading Kubizeks absorbing account of Hitlers developing ideas. I would strongly recomend this book to all those interested in the phenomenon that is Hitler
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