Sunday, 13 Jun 2021

Letters from Adolf Hitler’s dad suggest twisted dictator had ‘dark’ childhood

Adolf Hitler's dying mum was treated by a Jewish doctor who later had to flee to the US, a bombshell new book has claimed.

In his German-language book "Hitler's Father: How the Son Became a Dictator," Austrian historian Roman Sandgruber argues Adolf's dad played a large role in shaping the psychology of his son.

The book publishes 31 previously undiscovered letters from Alois Hitler, who was an Austrian customs officer and died in 1902, which were written to master road builder Josef Radlegger after buying his farm at Hafeld in Upper Austria.

The correspondences were handed to the historian by the road builder's great-granddaughter five years ago and have only now come to light.

Adolf was born in Austria's Braunau am Inn in 1889 to Alois and his third, much-younger wife, Klara Pötzl.

The Austrian would later rise to become Germany’s dictator and sparked the deadliest conflict the world has ever seen, as well as ordering the deaths of millions because of his twisted racist beliefs.

During his rule of Germany, the dictator imprisoned millions of Jewish men, women and children in his horrifiying death camps, murdering them in gas chambers.

And the newly-published letters show that Hitler's mum, nearing death in 1907, was treated by a Jewish doctor who later escaped to America, Deutsche Welle reports.

The book also reveals that the Fuhrer likely later sought to conceal that his family once lived in a Jewish-owned property in Urfahr near the Danube river city of Linz.

The book's publisher, Styria Books, describes it on its website, saying: "The 31 letters open up a completely new and more precise look at the fatherly personality who significantly shaped the young Adolf Hitler.

"And bring some light into the darkness of the everyday life of the Hitler family, which is characterized by myths, inventions and assumptions."

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Experts have also said the book could lead to a new movie being made about the Austrian dictator's family origins.

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, who reviewed the book for the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, wrote Hitler, "attached so much importance to an ancestral passport and Aryan origin, had himself more than one gap in the family tree".

Before the new book's publication there had been "almost no sources" on his dad Alois, writes Föderl-Schmid in her review of the book.

There are a "large number of books and films about [Adolf] Hitler's chauffeur, personal physician, press chief, photographer, [and] secretary" but not his father, according to the expert.

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