Hitler’s First Crush
In his 1953 memoir August Kubizek, a childhood friend of Adolf Hitler, tells the disturbing tale of Hitler’s first love. In 1905, when he was sixteen, Hitler fell madly in love with Stefanie Isak who lived near where he was studying in Linz. A passion that would consume him for four years began rather innocently when Hitler started hanging around on the country lane near Isak’s home in an attempt to catch a glimpse of her. Kubizek describes Isak as being "a distinguished-looking girl, tall and slim" and when Hitler did once see her during his mother’s funeral procession he is said to have found it comforting. Hitler hated those who dared to flirt with Isak, labelling them "conceited blockheads", whilst he spent his time composing love poems, with titles such as ‘Hymn to The Beloved’, for her. However, he never actually spoke to Isak himself, always saying he would do it “tomorrow”, and instead took to stalking and eavesdropping.
Also according to Kubizek:
“Stefanie had no idea how deeply Adolf was in love with her; … When she responded with a smile to his inquiring glance, he was happy and his mood became unlike anything I had ever observed in him. But when Stefanie, as happened just as often, coldly ignored his gaze, he was crushed and ready to destroy himself and the whole world.”
Finally Hitler planned to kidnap Isak and kill both her and himself by jumping off a bridge: "He hit upon a crazy idea: he seriously considered kidnapping Stefanie. He expounded his plan to me in all its details and assigned to me my role. I had to keep the mother engaged in conversation while he seized the girl", Kubizek writes, though Hitler moved to Vienna before his plan could be put into place.
Isak has stated in interviews that she had no idea about Hitler’s feelings for her but she has since come to believe that an anonymous letter asking her to wait until he graduated and then marry him may well have been from Hitler. An early edition of Kubizek’s book, used by the Nazis as a biography of Hitler, was heavily edited, the tale of Hitler’s infatuation with Isak particularly for the reason that Isak was Jewish.
[Sources: Stefanie Isak | August Kubizek | Daily Mail]