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November 14, 2016


 Word Slinger Book Reviewer


The Artist Formerly Known as Adolf Hitler

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In 1907 and again in 1908 Adolf Hitler applied for entry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He was rejected on both occasions – a professor citing “unfitness for painting”. It seems that this decision has been deemed by many historians as not a significant event. But what if Adolf Hitler had been accepted to the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts? Prior to this rejection, Adolf had sold some of his paintings so it would not have been unthinkable for him to have been accepted. Some have thought that perhaps he had been rejected by Jewish professors and so began his hatred of the Jews. Again, we have to think about what if Adolf Hitler had been accepted in the Academy of Fine Arts? Would that have change his path and therefore changed the course of history? Would someone else have simply taken his place? “The Artist Formerly Known as Adolf Hitler,” is a novel that looks at what the world may have looked like had he chose a different course in life. For many people, the name Adolf Hitler is the embodiment and true definition of evil. The purpose of this book is not to venerate Adolf Hitler. This story is meant to have the reader think in a different way about Adolf Hitler. Was Adolf Hitler predestined to be the architect of one of the most horrendous and evil events in modern history, or was it simply a series of bad choices and decisions and eventually choosing the wrong course in life? There is evidence that in Adolf Hitler’s youth, he had many interactions with Jewish people and in some cases, quite beneficial ones. What were those events or interactions that shaped his opinions to become drastically different in later life? What if we had to walk a mile in Adolf Hitler’s shoes? Many find such a thought preposterous. But what if we had his formative years? What if we had his physiology? What if we had the same path and obstacles to go down or around as he? Would we make the same decisions? While we may judge people like Hitler, Stalin and Mao as ruthless and evil dictators, had we been born to live their lives, would we have made different choices while in their shoes? To this point, are all human beings just subject to their predestined fate, or do we all the unfettered opportunity to make the correct or incorrect choices that lead us down a certain path? Another aspect of this novel looks at how the 20th century would have transpired, had Adolf Hitler chosen another path. Is it likely World War II would have occurred? If it hadn’t what would the world look like? The war was directly responsible for the economic upturn for the United States and many countries, lifting them from the malaise of the Great Depression. What would have become of the Soviet Union? Would we have landed a man on the moon? The war brought about economic, political and technological changes to an extent that had never been experienced before in history. What would this have meant for the Jewish race as well as all people all around the world? The book also looks at what might have happened to some notable people affected directly or indirectly by Adolf Hitler had he lived his life differently. What might have happened to the political careers of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Leibknect? What might have happened to Ann Frank? Who was Ernst Thallman and María de los Remedios Alicia Rodriga Varo y Uranga? What is amazing to think in terms of, is that how could the decisions of one man have made such a dramatic impact on the history and culture of the world that we live in today. “The Artist Formerly Known as Adolf Hitler” will make you rethink history and how our behavior can impact not only the lives of our small communities, but the entire world.
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Oak Publishing (September 17, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998157791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998157795

There was a side of Adolph Hitler that most do not know.  It's hard to think of this evil man as being an artist but he was.  He had sold several of his paintings and he had been rejected, not once but twice from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. This was in 1907 and 1908.  The professors didn't think he was fit for art.  What if Adolf Hitler had been accepted into the Academy?  Would that have changed his entire life?   The thought is that the professors who rejected him might have been Jewish and thus his extreme hatred for Jews began.  This is a possibility.  Just think, if he had become an artist this may have changed history.  How one moment's time can change a lifetime for so many.  This book doesn't change what Adolph Hitler did but gives a different outlook on what might have been.
It makes you think about why?   Was Adolph Hitler born to be the evil and horrific person he was, to bring such hatred and death to so many?  Or was it events in his life that he made bad choices for and took the wrong path that led to this horrific and unforgettable part of history?  When Adolph was young he encountered many good Jewish people and had good contact with them.  What went so horribly wrong?
We never really know what makes a person tick.  Like the saying "walk a mile in my shoes."   Not that anyone would have wanted to do as Adolph Hitler did, but what if you had been in his shoes during his formative years?   Something went seriously wrong as it does with many.
The history that Adolph Hitler created lives with us today and will in the future.  It won't go away.  It affected so many lives, so many died, suffered and possibly would have become great people if only?   This book is food for thought.  How many events may not have taken place and there are those that would have been changed greatly had it not been for the choices made, the paths taken and the evil of one man.
It's hard to think of Adolph Hitler as being a different person than who he was.  Everyone, including Adolph Hitler is shaped day by day from birth.  The outcome isn't always nice and pretty. What each and everyone of us do every minute of every day affects not only us but everyone around us and those to come.  But what if, the path had gone in a different direction?  Wouldn't we all be different?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Wordslinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give it 5 STARS. 

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