On April 20 1889, a bouncing baby boy was born in the little town of Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, the fourth child of Klara and Alois Hitler. The future seemed bright and he was named Adolf; Adolf Hitler.  His father was a top shot in the Austrian Custom Service and thus, Adolf had a comfortable childhood. He was sent to school like every other and he lacked nothing.

Before the age of 14, Adolf Hitler had already formed strong political views, and with the death of his father in 1903, he grew more headstrong and vicious.  He did poorly in school and dropped out of school entirely in 1905 at the age of sixteen.

He joined the Nazi party afterwards and worked his way to gain dominance. Several years later, he was powerful enough to lead entire troops to wipe out what he called, “inferior races” like the Jews, the Roma, and the mentally disturbed and physically challenged people in Germany and several other European countries. The Nazi party, under his leadership, exterminated 5.6 million to 5.9 million Jews in what has been described as The Holocaust. 1.5 million of those killed were children.[1]

Adolf Hitler left much of Europe in ruins, with over sixty million dead worldwide and tens of millions homeless.  He committed suicide in Berlin in April 30, 1945 after marrying his mistress Eva Braun.

In the same town of Braunau am Inn, another boy was born named Erich Wolfgang Korngold, born 1897. He grew up in Austria just like Adolf, but went on to become one of the greatest composers of his time. He composed several songs and showed great skill in thematic development and orchestration.

Two boys, in the same generation, one almost wiped out an entire race and the other added value to his world.

What makes the difference? The mother

The word “mother” has been described as the most beautiful English word by scholars. In Mexico, a monument named Memorial of the Mother has the inscription that translates as “To her who loves us before she meets us”

The woman’s role in the life of her child cannot be overemphasised. The woman holds the key to seeing the purpose and destiny of her child fulfilled.

Mary knew this secret, everything she observed about Jesus while he grew, she pondered on and kept in her heart. And when it was time for him to manifest, she prodded him on. She understood what Jesus must do and she created an atmosphere where He can do that which was said of him.

… to be continued

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