always found that spending time with his children was irritating, but on the farm they were
forced to work side by side. This was difficult for Alois, who was very hard on the
children. He often beat them when they didn't do their jobs. Adolf's father's main hobby was bee keeping, often the mother had to remove 30 or more bee stingers from the children at the end of a day.
Hitler's mother may be second from left - father third from left - Adolf may be the child lying in front
Alois married his former housekeeper, Klara Poelzl, in 1885 at the time she was already
pregnant. Klara had three children who died when they were very young, before she had
Adolf. Five years later she had a daughter, Paula. Even though Klara was kind to her step
children she showed favouritism to her own children. Adolf was fond of his sisters but
never got along with Alois Jr., A stepchild from a previous marriage.
Alois Jr. especially disliked Adolf because their mother always loved Adolf more.
Alois Jr. resented his father, who often beat him with a whip for disobedience, and ran
away at the age of fifteen never to come back.