How Adolf Hitler moonlighted as an artist

Do you know that in his youth, Adolf Hitler was seriously fond of painting and even twice (1907 and 1908) tried to enter the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. On both occasions, the unfortunate artist was culturally asked to look elsewhere for his vocation, recommending that he try to enter an architectural academy. However, the passion of the future Fuhrer was painting, so this option was not even considered.

In order to somehow feed himself, young Adolf painted pictures and postcards with views of Vienna and safely sold them to tourists through a friend of the entrepreneur Samuel Morgenstern. Thanks to the surviving bookkeeping department of the latter, it was established that most of the buyers of his paintings were Jews. For example, a lawyer named Joseph Feingold, a Jew by nationality, bought a whole series of Hitler's paintings depicting views of old Vienna.

Postcard drawn by Adolf Hitler.

When Hitler was drafted to the front of the First World War in 1914 at the age of 25, he took paints with him and painted during his leisure hours. The military-related works he wrote during this period were among the last before he entered politics.

In total, according to some sources, today there are about 720 paintings by Hitler in the world, including sketches. Many of them were bought for tens of thousands of dollars and are in private collections. Interestingly, selling them presents a certain difficulty, since most of the auction houses are owned by Jews who, on principle, do not allow this lot to be put up. Several hundred of the Fuhrer's works were seized by the American military during the Second World War and are still in special storage facilities of the US government, which refuses to put them on public display.

Despite the fact that Hitler was rejected when entering the academy, modern researchers decided to find out the opinions of modern experts. One art critic was asked to look at some of Hitler's paintings without mentioning whose works they were; he rated them as "pretty good."