Before Infamy: Childhood Photos of History’s Most Evil People

3. Adolf Hitler

Hitler was the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He created World War II, and was responsible for the mass murder of at least 11 million people, including 6 million Jews.

He was born in Austria in 1889, the fourth of six children. His father was emotionally abusive, and didn’t approve of his interest in art. After his younger brother died, Hitler became increasingly detached and introverted, and showed an early interest in German nationalism. His dream of becoming an artist was never realized.

Photo taken circa 1890, age 1 (approximate)

4. Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceausescu was the dictator of Communist Romania until 1965. He caused massive food shortages and forced the export of most of the country’s agricultural products.

Nicolae was born in 1918 in a small, rural town. He was the third of ten children, and grew up poor. His early struggles would guide him to his infatuation with power and the Romanian Communist movement.

Photo taken in 1936, age 18.

5. Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and the only commander-in-chief to resign from his position after the infamous Watergate scandal of the 1970s.

He was born on January 9, 1913, in California. He was the second of five children and had a difficult early life. He’s pictured above with his violin, which he played in his school band.

Photo taken circa 1927, age 14.

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