Klara had three children who died when they were very young, before she had
Adolf. Five years late she had a daughter, Paula. Even though Klara was kind to her step
children she showed favoritism to her own children. Adolf was fond of his sisters but
never got along with Alois Jr., A step child 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 and never came home. He was jailed twice for theft and led an
unhappy adult life. He lived in Paris for a while and then moved all the way to Ireland,
but when Adolf became famous he moved to Berlin and opened a cafe hoping to take
advantage of his brother's popularity. Adolf disliked him and told his friends never to
When Adolf was born his mother was afraid he would die so she gave most of her
attention to him. She treated the other two kindly but never with the same affection as she
treated Adolf. Adolf liked his half sister Angela much better, but his baby sister Paula was
his closest sibling. Paula too charge of his household, and remaine