IAN KERSHAW is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield and one of the world's leading authorities on Hitler. He is the author of The Hitler Myth: Image and Reality in the Third Reich and Hitler, 1936-1945: Nemesis.
Midwest Book Review, October 2006""The Young Hitler I Knew" is an extraordinary memoir by a man who actually met Hitler in 1904 while they were both competing for a space at the opera. Their mutual passion for music created a friendship, and a roommate situation--and lends a personal and unique eye to explaining Hitler's character at the time. Most biographies begin with Hitler's rise to power: "The Young Hitler I Knew" is a 'must' for any who would delve into the roots of his personality" Simon Sebag Montefiore"An invaluable tool for every Hitler scholar; a fascinating portrait for every reader who is interested in Hitler."