London, Monday, March 26, 2001
DOSS HOUSE AXE
THE homeless shelter
where Adolf Hitler spent his
formative years is to be demolished.
Vienna's Meldemann Street hostel is one of
the last remaining landmarks of the
Fuhrer's early life.
But next year, almost a century after
mankind's greatest tormentor dossed on its
harsh wooden bunks, the bulldozers are set
to erase that slice of history.
Hitler moved to the Austrian capital in
1907 aged 18 and lived at the hostel from
1910 to 1913.
A poor, struggling artist, the
dictator-to-be spent his time painting or
starting political debates.
He was regarded by other residents as
an "eccentric" who wouldn't socialise,
never drank and couldn't talk about
One, Reinhold Hanisch, described
Hitler as "too lazy" to do any real
In his book Mein Kampf, the Fuhrer
later told how he "studied for pleasure"
at the hostel.