At the time Hitler lived there, Vienna was a hotbed of religious prejudice and racism.
Depressed working-class areas such as Thuringia also produced a strong Nazi vote, while the workers of the Ruhr and Hamburg largely remained loyal to the Social Democrats, the Communist Party of Germany, or the Catholic Centre Party.
Jews were at the bottom, considered inhuman and thus unworthy of life. Hitler was deeply affected by the death of his younger brother Edmund, who died in from measles.
Alfons Heck, a former member of the Hitler Youth, later recalled: We erupted into a frenzy of nationalistic pride that bordered on hysteria.
The extent of Nazi brutality became obvious after the progrom of Just a few days after he gained power, Hitler called for a country-wide boycott of Jewish shops on April 1, Britain was once again at war with Germany.
And it wasn't very difficult to convince the public that the Social Democrats and the Jews had "stabbed the Reich in the back.