Was it ever known if the people who rejected Hitler’s application to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, later in retrospect regretted their decision in light of Hitler’s later actions?


This is a thought that has been bugging me for a little while now.

Everyone knows the story of Hitler's aspiration to become a great painter prior to WW1, a dream that shattered with him being denied admission to the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (probably because of his art being considered by the admission officer(s) (or the Academy's equivalent) as "mediocre" or "unoriginal," which would have stood him no chance in a very competitive applicant pool).

Some people like to discuss this anecdote of Hitler's life as a "what-if." Say, if Hitler was accepted into the academy, somehow, would he not embark on the extremist and violent path we all remember him now for? Could World War 2 not have had happened (at least the World War 2 we know), and world history be very different accordingly?

That is all very intriguing – at least in my view – to think about. However, I am more curious about whether said "what-if" ever occurred in the minds of the people who rejected Hitler's application. Assuming that 1) any of the admission officers who reviewed Hitler's application material lived up to at least the end of World War 2 and 2) they did not support Hitler or aligned with his ideology, did they ever came forward and voice their regret via interview, writing, etc.?

Source: reddit post


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