I sometimes keep the American Heroes Channel turned up on my TV. For any unfamiliar, there are a variety of programs, mostly historical in nature, which I find educational. Adolf Hitler appears to be a favorite subject matter for the channel, and I have a passing interest in him, alright. I took an extra credit honors course in college dealing with The Holocaust, so… yeah, I have interest.
But the narrator on the program earlier today made a fascinating remark that just keeps playing with my imagination. He said, “Hitler spent Christmas 1909 in a homeless shelter in Vienna”.
Really? Hitler comes from homeless shelters?
Well, yes. It makes sense of other known historical facts, so I am inclined to think it is entirely possible and probably correct. The fact that all of Germany, following WWI, was hit hard by global depression likely explains, in part, why/how a formerly homeless man could speak to these masses in such an appealing way. He KNEW how they felt! He had his finger on that kind of pulse!
Makes me wonder what lessons we should take away from that…