August ("Gustl") Kubizek (3 August 1888 – 23 October 1956) was a close friend of Adolf Hitler when both were in their late teens. He later wrote about their friendship in his book The Young Hitler I Knew (1955). August had Czech roots, and was born in Linz, Austria, the only surviving child of Michael and Maria Kubizek. His sisters Maria, Therese and Karoline died in early childhood. Kubizek later wrote that this was a striking parallel between his own life and that of Adolf Hitler, whose mother had lost four children prematurely. As the surviving sons of grief-stricken mothers, August and Adolf could not help but feel they had been spared or "chosen" by fate.
Kubizek and Hitler first met while competing for standing room in the Landestheater in Linz, Austria. Because of their shared passion for the operas of Richard Wagner they quickly became close friends and later roommates in Vienna while both sought admission into college. The two shared a small room in Stumpergasse 29/2 door 17 in the sixth district of Vienna from 22 February to early July 1908.
As the only son of a self-employed upholsterer, August was expected to someday take over his father's business, but he secretly harbored dreams of becoming a conductor. With Adolf's encouragement, he devoted more and more of his time to this passion, completing all the musical training available to him in Linz. However, to achieve his goal of being an orchestral conductor, he would require higher education in music which was offered only in Vienna. It was an 18-year-old Adolf Hitler who successfully persuaded Kubizek's father to let his son go to the metropolis to attend the conservatory. As Kubizek wrote, this was something that changed the course of his life for good.
He was immediately accepted into the Vienna Conservatory where he quickly made a name for himself. Hitler, however, was twice denied entrance into Vienna's art academy, a fact which he kept hidden from his friend for some time. In 1908, Hitler abruptly broke off the friendship and drifted into homelessness. Kubizek completed his studies in 1912 and was hired as conductor of the orchestra in Marburg on the Drau, Austria (called Maribor in Slovenia after 1918). He was later offered a position at the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt, but this job and his musical career were cut short by the beginning of World War I.
After seeing Hitler on the front page of the Münchner Illustrierte (circa 1920) Kubizek followed his friend's career with some interest, although he did not attempt to contact him until 1933 when he wrote to congratulate him on having become Chancellor of Germany. On 4 August of that year, Kubizek received an unexpected reply from Hitler, who wrote to his old friend "Gustl" saying, "I should be very glad... to revive once more with you those memories of the best years of my life." Thirty years after Hitler had broken off contact with Kubizek, the two friends were reunited on 9 April 1938 during one of Hitler's visits to Linz. The two spoke for over an hour at the Hotel Weinzinger and Hitler offered Kubizek the conductorship of an orchestra, which Kubizek politely refused. Upon learning of his friend's three sons, Hitler insisted on financing their educations at the Anton Bruckner Conservatory in Linz. Hitler later invited Kubizek to attend the Bayreuth festival as his guest in 1939 and again in 1940, experiences described by Kubizek as "the happiest hours of my earthly existence".
In 1938, Kubizek was hired by the Nazi Party to write two short propaganda booklets called Reminiscences about his youth with Hitler. In one episode, Kubizek said that Hitler had a great love for a girl named "Stefanie" and wrote her many love poems but never sent them. Hitler biographer John Toland noted that, when Stefanie learned she had been an early object of Hitler's affection, she was stunned.
Kubizek saw Hitler for the last time on 23 July 1940, although as late as 1944, Hitler sent Kubizek's mother a food basket for her 80th birthday. Hitler told Kubizek: "This war will set us back many years in our building programme. It is a tragedy. I did not become Chancellor of the Greater German Reich to fight wars." Hitler was speaking after the successful campaigns in Poland and France that he as Führer had led. When the tide began to turn against Hitler, Kubizek, who had avoided politics all his life, became a member of the Nazi Party in 1942 as a gesture of loyalty to his friend. (source: Wikipedia)
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THE AUGUST KUBIZEK COLLECTION OF ARTWORK AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS OF
HE WAS ONE OF ADOLF HITLER's CLOSE FRIENDS BEFORE WORLD WAR ONE AND HITLER LEFT THESE ITEMS WITH KUBIZEK WHEN HE JOINED THE GERMAN ARMY
We are proudly presenting a collection of artifacts with great historic value that once belonged to Adolf Hitler when he was in his late teens, a nobody who was struggling to survive as an artist. He lived together with his friend August Kubizek in Stumpergasse 29 in Vienna. When Hitler joined the German military to fight in World War One, he left his few possessions, such as his paint box (shown on the picture above but which is no longer available), a few postcards that he painted (all with issues of some kind and therefore he could not sell them - the highlight is one that has Adolf Hitler's thumb print on it!) as well as a handful of books. All postcards are signed by Hitler's hand and he wrote his name in all the books which must whave been of great value to him back then. Two of the books are especially interesting as they gave him the inspiration to adopt the swastika as the symbol of the Nazi movement. Also included in the lot is a city guide of the city of Linz, Austria. Hitler asked his friend 'Gustl' Kubizek in a letter to get him a copy of this book. In it he not only found inspiration for his artwork but it was also helpful for him because it contains public transportation schedules. Please find below a table with links to the listings of the individual pieces and once again, the authenticity of all items and that they belonged to the early Adolf Hitler is guaranteed by Mr. Stephen Pastore and he provides a written statement confirming that, free of charge for each of these items.
Where does this collection come from?
Dr. Octavius J. Pastore, Jr., M.D. attended medical school at the University of Bologna, Italy, from 1954-1960. He was a Third Reich scholar and collector, fluent in Italian and German. During the summer recesses, he would travel to European capitals looking for pieces for his collection. In 1954, he met August Kubizek in Linz, Austria after reading Kubizek’s book, Adolf Hitler Mein Jugendfreund. (Leopold Stocker Verlag, 1953.) It was there, after a brief friendship, that Dr. Pastore purchased a significant amount of Kubizek’s collection, obtained from his boyhood/early manhood friend, Adolf Hitler.
Dr. Pastore was Stephen R. Pastore’s brother. Stephen developed an interest in Hitler’s art in the early 1990s and after some friendly negotiation, became the new owner of the Kubizek material. Sometime after moving to the UK in 2002, Stephen contacted the family of Kubizek who understandably preferred not to publicly establish a record between their family and Hitler, but who were cordial with Stephen based on the family history between Dr. Pastore and August.
Stephen, now retired, fulfilled a promise he made to his brother that he would not donate the collection to any institution that would use it to perpetuate the criticism leveled at August not only for being Hitler’s lifelong friend, but for writing a sympathetic portrait of Hitler as a young man, particularly an American institution. In fact, the Americans held Kubizek in prison. “…no power on earth could force me to deny my friendship with Adolf Hitler. My first and immediate concern in this respect was the memorabilia. Come what may these items had to be preserved for posterity. I had wrapped [them] in cellophane years previously; now I placed them…behind the brickwork in the cellar of my Eferding house…It was none too soon, for the next day the Americans came. I spent the next sixteen months in the notorious Glasenbach internment camp. The Americans searched my house for the memorabilia but left empty handed. They also interrogated me on two occasions at Eferding and Gmunden, where I made no secret of my friendship for Adolf Hitler. Eventually I was released from custody on 8 April 1947.” ( The Young Hitler I Knew. Kubizek, August. Arcade Publishing, New York, 2011. At p. 260.). Stephen Pastore is a historian, art expert and author of books on the various editions of Mein Kampf as well as the author of the best study of Adolf Hitler artwork. His book is available through Amazon. Mr. Pastore also did forensic examining when he worked as a prosecutor in earlier days of his life. He used forensic equipment to examine and authenticate every item from this collection of historic artifacts and will provide a COA free of charge for each of the pieces that are offered here.