Devil's Mother: Clara Hitler

Devil's Mother: Clara Hitler
Devil's Mother: Clara Hitler

How wicked was little Hitler? What was the relationship between Adolf Hitler and his parents. The famous psychologist and writer Alice Miller analyzes this in an attempt to find an explanation for the inhuman cruelty of the Fuhrer in his childhood.


This article is a continuation of the material on the analysis of Hitler's childhood by psychologist and writer Alice Miller. As we already wrote, the article is not an excuse for the inhuman acts of the Fuhrer, but only an attempt to explain these acts.

Alice Miller, as an experienced psychotherapist, assumes that no child is born "evil" and inhuman - all these qualities are the result of abuse in childhood. Read more about this in our last article - "The Father of the Devil: Alois Hitler".

All historians, as you know, agree that Hitler's mother, Klara, "loved her son very much and pampered him." The only question is, what do they call love? Like any psychologist, Alice Miller understands by love not blind indulgence of the child's whims (which, by the way, contradicts all love, since it satisfies only the unconscious selfish desires of the mother herself, and most importantly, harms the child), but the mother's ability to be open to the child's true needs and the ability to recognize them. Let's emphasize - not your unconscious needs - but the child. Alas, only a few mothers, women who have reached a certain emotional maturity, which in no way depend on age maturity, are capable of this even today, contrary to the generally accepted opinion.


“This is exactly what is lacking, if the parents pamper the child, that is, indulge all his desires, shower him with various unnecessary things (meaning unnecessary, rather, in the sense of some true needs of the child - NS) - all this only replaces that that parents cannot give him due to their own problems, - writes Miller. - If Adolf Hitler were really a beloved child, he would also be able to love others. But his relationships with women, various perversions and, in general, his alienated and cold communication with people testify to the fact that as a child he did not receive anybody's love at all."

It is known that before the birth of Adolf, his mother had three small children (Gustav - 2 years 7 months, Ida - 1 year 4 months and Otto - 3 days), who died of diphtheria within one month. A year after this terrible drama, Adolf is born to Clara. Despite the unanimous praise by biographers of Hitler's mother's love for her newborn son, Alice Miller initially questions this.

All psychologists know that the relationship of a mother with a child in the first year of his life is extremely important for the entire future life of a baby. This year becomes the "base" for personal development. Moreover, since the mother and the child at this time are in a normal symbiotic fusion - the child "reads" absolutely all the mother's emotions at the unconscious level, and absorbs them. Anxiety, fear, which, most likely, possessed Klara after the birth of Adolf ("What if this one dies too?"), Could not help but be transmitted to him, and, perhaps, inflicted a very strong blow on his psyche from the very beginning.

“Such an unusual situation in the family (meaning the complete inattention to the suffering of Klara of her husband - Alois - NS) leads to another consequence: mothers who, after the death of one child give birth to another, often idealize their deceased child (just like losers often fantasize about their missed opportunities.)This pushes the living child into a special strain so as not to be overshadowed by his deceased brother (or sister). But a mother's true love is usually directed towards the idealized deceased child, whom her imagination endows with all the possible virtues that might be inherent in him if he remained alive. The same thing happens in the family of Van Gogh, in which, however, only one of his brothers died."

Since Adolf Hitler was the first child who was born after the death of three children, it is very difficult to imagine that his mother, Clara, loved him with the “tender and selfless love” that biographers love to talk about. However, Alice Miller sees an explanation for this: "It is probably no coincidence that all the biographers who gave her the features of the Madonna were men." For obvious reasons, men tend to idealize women - especially mothers, and especially those that are not close, “abstract”, like Hitler's mother. Thus, historians could simply fall into the trap of their own unconscious, presenting facts as they would like to see them.


Moreover, biographers often have peculiar habits of "psychoanalysis" by Adolf Hitler. So, many of them believe that since little Adolf was in a close, symbiotic relationship with his mother for a very long time, he was characterized by a thirst for universal recognition, admiration, "merging" with the masses. The matter, however, is exactly the opposite.

“A child who received enough genuine love and care in childhood as an adult will be able to cope better with their absence than someone who never received them. Thus, if a person "insatiably craves" for love and attention, this always indicates that he is looking for something that he never received, and does not mean at all that he does not want to deprive himself of something that he had in abundance in childhood. "- writes Miller.

Fear and blind "respect" for her own extremely oppressive husband, who beat her, the servile Clara retained even after the death of Alois Hitler. When Clara wanted to point out something especially important to someone, she always pointed to the pipes left after the death of Alois. She was afraid of her husband even after his death, so there is nothing to say that the son - Adolf - could share with her his feelings about the humiliation that his father inflicted on him. And if we take into account Klara's quite likely idealization of her deceased children, who definitely “could never have done anything bad,” then Adolf Hitler had no choice but to pretend (including to himself) and completely abandon his true feelings (by relation to the father), to oust them, because they were "dangerous" - they would never have been approved by a downtrodden woman - Hitler's mother.

The historian Festus describes the Fuhrer as follows: “All his life he made the greatest efforts to hide his true appearance and to exalt himself. It is unlikely that we will find another outstanding historical figure who just as pedantically created her own image and carefully covered her tracks in everything related to her personal life. The image he created for himself looked more like a monument than a person."

But on the world political stage, Hitler acted out the drama of his childhood in a completely different "theatrical costume." Alice Miller: “Like his father before, now he was also a dictator - the only one who was allowed to speak. The rest were to obey in silence. He inspired fear, but at the same time enjoyed the love of his people, who now prostrated themselves at his feet, as Clara had once submitted to her husband."


Everyone knows what a mesmerizing effect Hitler had on women. Although, chances are not at all. For a shy little girl who exists inside a woman, he embodied an adored father who knows exactly what is right and what is not, who, moreover, will help find a way out of hatred, repressed and accumulated from her childhood (Jews; see.previous article). Of course, rather, this applies to women who had serious problems with their own fathers - hardly a normal woman would not want to see an overbearing and oppressive man next to her if her own father was gentle and kind-hearted towards her.

Alas, women like Clara are often not just an image of "virtuous", but even an ideal woman for many men. Hitler had a similar ideal of femininity (who, however, had a repressed feeling of hatred towards his mother - for not protecting his son from his father, moreover, even after his death - from bitter memories; that is why he with such disdain and disdained women as an adult). He draws this ideal in the main book of his life "Mein Kampf": "The psyche of the broad masses is completely immune to any weakness and half-heartedness. Like a woman, whose state of mind is determined not so much by the postulates of abstract reason, as by an incomprehensible sensual passion for the force that will complement her nature, will conquer the weak, the masses love the ruler more than the supplicant … She does not realize either the shamelessness with which her spiritual terror is carried out, nor the disgusting abuse of her civil liberties, for she has not the slightest idea of ​​the inner madness of the whole teaching. All that she sees is the merciless strength and cruelty of calculated manifestations, to which she, in the end, forever obeys."

Is this not the image of Clara, “shamelessly” and “disgustingly” submitting to her oppressor-husband, forgetting about herself, her children and her own pride, exchanging her for servility to the loser Alois?..

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