After a childhood of "much romping around outdoors, a long way to and from school, and - much to my mother's concern - keeping company with some extremely rough boys" (Mein Kampf Vol. 1, Ch.1, p.13 - 2nd Ed. 1937) and of doing reasonably well at primary school, Adolf Hitler was sent by his parents to the "Realschule" in Linz. In 1905 he had to leave this school on account of his poor marks.

Freed from the exigencies of school life, he now resolved to devote his life entirely to art, and to become a painter. After his father died, his mother sold their house in Leonding and moved with her son - and a sizeable pension - to a flat in Linz.

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