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What do we know of Hitler's acts and attitudes towards those people he knew in his childhood and youth after he rose to power? For example, his World War One comrades? Did they receive and attention or rise to serve as high ranking officials in the army? What about those who denied him admission to the arts school, did he take vengeance on them? What about his family? Did they receive any special status?

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Hi. Thanks. But your answers were unrelevant. I meant people Hitler met in his childhood and youth. Not people he met while Fuhrer. –  The Byzantine Jan 20 '13 at 14:20
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@TheByzantine That's why they are comments and not answers ;) –  Yannis Rizos Jan 20 '13 at 14:48

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August Kubizek is another individual with whom Hitler seemed to have sustained some bonds of friendship. I've read about him in Brigitte Hamann's Hitler's Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man, which perhaps is a very good overall source on the topic.

It was Adolf Hitler who, at the age of eighteen, successfully persuaded Kubizek's father to let his son go to the metropolis to attend the [Vienna Conservatory]. This, Kubizek wrote, changed the course of his life for good ...

Kubizek saw Hitler for the last time on 23 July 1940, although as late as 1944 Hitler sent Kubizek's mother a food basket for her 80th birthday ...

When the tide began to turn against Hitler's favour, Kubizek, who had avoided politics all his life, became a member of the NSDAP in 1942 as a gesture of loyalty to his friend.

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BTW, I was not sure whether one is permitted to write up a second answer to the same question instead of editing and adding to an own first. Adding a second answer presumably makes it easier to spot for those who have read the first earlier. Pls let me know if I have thus violated any best practices. (My current opinion is that the practice should be used only with caution and in exceptional cases, certainly not as a means to drive upvotes.) –  Drux Jan 21 '13 at 2:13
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This is... a matter of philosophical debate. On the one hand, people generally frown upon second answers, mainly because of the potential for extra rep. On the other, if both answers are good, who cares, what really matters is that the site now has not one but two good answers. That said, if two answers are distinctly different and valid answers to the question, it might be a sign of an overly broad or list question, the kind we generally prefer to close. I wouldn't worry much about this specific question and your answers, but at the same time I wouldn't further encourage the practice. –  Yannis Rizos Jan 21 '13 at 2:44
    
@YannisRizos Yes, I agree. Thx for the clarification. –  Drux Jan 21 '13 at 2:47

The case of Eduard Bloch is relevant if untypical in humanity considering Hitler's character:

Eduard Bloch (30 January 1872 – 1 June 1945) was a Jewish-Austrian doctor practicing in Linz (Austria). Until 1907 Bloch was the doctor of Adolf Hitler's family. Hitler later gave Bloch special protection after the Nazi annexing of Austria ...

The sixty-six-year-old Bloch wrote a letter to Hitler asking for help and was as a consequence put under special protection by the Gestapo. He was the only Jew in Linz with this status. Bloch stayed in his house with his wife undisturbed until the formalities for his emigration to the United States were completed ...

In 1940 Bloch emigrated and lived in the Bronx ...

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I wouldn't say "untypical" per se. So little is known about Herr Hitler's private relations with people apart from what was written mostly as propaganda by his enemies that there's no reliable data to go on except a few amateur movies that survived the war, showing him chatting amicably with friends and advisors at his Bavarian mansion. He seems to be, at least in private among them, not at all the cold, heartless, beast. But those of course only cover a few short moments of his life. –  jwenting Dec 20 '13 at 9:36
    
@jwenting Are you aware of books such as this one: Heike B. Gortemaker: Eva Braun: Life with Hitler? –  Drux Dec 20 '13 at 10:25

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