It's not surprising that Adolf Hitler has established a posthumous presence on the Internet. One good place to start gathering biographical information on him as well as info on the war generally is (http://www.stokesey.demon.co.uk/wwii/); the site leads off with a sketch covering the dictator's life up to 1937 and includes this richly ironic Hitler quote: "Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos."

From Phil's you can jump to Routledge's "Who's Who in Nazi Germany" entry on Hitler (http://zelda.thomson.com/routledge/who/germany/hitler.html), which offers a portrait of "a resentful, discontented child. Moody, lazy, of unstable temperament, he was deeply hostile toward his strict, authoritarian father and strongly attached to his indulgent, hard-working mother, whose death from cancer in December 1908 was a shattering blow to the adolescent Hitler."

If you have a strong stomach and a firm grasp on history, you can turn up some decent biographical info at www.adolfhitler.com, including an account of Hitler's Viennese years of poverty and artistic failure: "He couldn't afford to eat properly and lived in shabby rooms and eventually cheap damp hostels. Combined with arduous snow clearing work his health suffered and he nearly died of pneumonia." If only. Browsers be warned: This site maintains the Adolf Hitler Message Board, voted (by whom it isn't clear) "the Internet's most controversial site" -- though when I went in to see just how controversial it was, I found the message board clogged with multiple nonsense postings. Creepier still are the links the site maintains: You can catch up with the National Socialist Movement, learn about the "Wehrmacht Officer of the Month" or read Mein Kampf online -- though to be fair, there's a link (a weird text-only one -- skip it and use the URL below) to the Nizkor Project (http://www.nizkor.org/), an educational site "dedicated to the millions of Holocaust victims who suffered and died at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime."