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Adolf Hitler And His Family

Updated on February 22, 2012

Some Background On Adolph Hitler And His Family

Adolph Hitler was born on the 20th of April, 1889 and died the 30th of April, 1945. His offices

and roles were:

German Politician

Leader of the National Socialist German Worker's Party (or Nazi Party)

Chancellor of Germany (1933 to 1945)

Head of State, as Fuhrer (1934 to 1945)

Most remembered for his leadership role in the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II, and the


At 36 years of age, Alois Hitler married Anna Glasl-Horer. She was the 50-year-old daughter

of a customs official. She was sick when they married.

Soon he had an affair with 19-year-old Franziska Metzelsberger. Alois had many affairs in

the 1870's. Franziska became Alois Hitler's girlfriend, but they couldn't marry because the

Roman Catholic laws prohibited divorce.

In 1876, three years after Alois married Anna, he hired Klara Polzl as a household servant.

She was the 16-year-old granddaughter of his step-uncle. His girlfriend, Franziska, demanded

that Klara find another job; so Alois sent Klara on her way.

Franziska bore Alois two children. In her early 20's, she became very ill with a lung ailment.

Klara Polzl came back to help look after Franziska and her two children, with Alois. She died at

the age of 23. Klara stayed on as a housekeeper. She soon became pregnant. However, her

and Alois couldn't get married soon because they were too closely related. So Alois petitioned

the church; and they eventually got married. However, Klara called Alois Uncle Alois throughout

the remainder of their marriage.

Alois was 51 when Adolph was born. Adolph was a sickly child; and his mother fretted over

him. Adolph's father had little interest in raising children and left all the work to his wife. When

he was not working, he was either in a tavern or working with his hobby of bee-keeping.

In 1894, the Hitler family moved to Germany. It's been suggested that Alois Hitler yelled at

his children almost all the time.

Adolph's dad wanted him to go into a career in civil service. However, Adolph became so

alienated from his dad that he was repulsed by whatever his dad wanted.

Adolph's dad died in 1903. Three or four years later, a tumor was found in his mother's

breast. After a long series of painful iodoform treatments, his mother died at home on the 21st

of December, 1907. Adolph and his sister, Paula, were at her side. Adolph had a very close

relationship with his mother; and was crushed by her death and carried this grief with him for

the rest of his life.


Family Members Of Adolph Hitler

Eva Braun (Mistress and Wife)

Alois Hitler Jr. 1882-1956 (Half-Brother)

Angela Hitler 1883-1949 (Half-Sister)

Four siblings died in infancy or early childhood:

Gustav 1885-1887

Ida 1886-1888

Otto 1887-1887

Edmund 1894-1900

Paula Hitler 1896-1960 She was the only sibling to survive into adulthood.

Hitler had a family legacy of incest, illegitimacy, and shame. His father was born out of wedlock.

His mother was the first cousin to his father. She was possibly a half-sister.

Brother Alois was a petty criminal who ran a bar in Berlin.

Their geneologies are full of inmarriages and hereditary disease.

Paula Hitler reveals in her journal that her brother was a bully and would beat her in his

teens. He was very strict with Paula and slapped her around.

Hitler's father was violent; and his mother tried to protect her son from regular beatings.

Hitler's family has been described as dysfunctional.

Adolph Hitler's Mother, Klara
Adolph Hitler's Mother, Klara | Source
Adolph Hitler's Father, Alois
Adolph Hitler's Father, Alois | Source

Paula Hitler was engaged to marry one of Austria's worst criminals, who was responsible for

gassing 4,000 people during the war.

Past And Current Relative's Of Adolph Hitler

One German author claims mental illness among the Hitler family.

Hitler's cousin was put to death because she suffered from schizophrenia.

Hitler himself was descended from a family of peasants.

With the exception of Adolph's father, most relative's have not traveled outside of a 30 mile

area, where the Hitler family is from. Hitler's three grand-nephews were all American-born

and have always adopted, in reaction to their father, a low profile attitude. No historian,

publisher, or journalist has ever suceeded in luring the family to publish anything or even

come out of their secluded lifestyle.

American relatives agreed not to have children and to stop living in fear. Although, they

have promised to publish a book before they die.

Some people don't know they are distant descendants of Hitler, because parents have

changed their name and never told their children. None of the descendants seem to have

any resemblance to Adolph Hitler. The Hitler family have kept the secret of their lineage

for years.

Thirty-nine living relatives of Hitler were discovered by Belgian researchers after their claims

to have decoded Hitler's DNA. Three are living in America, and 36 other's live in the wooded

area of Austria, the area where the Hitler's are from.

There is strong evidence that Adolph had relationships with a number of women. Most

noted are six of them. Three committed suicide. One attempted suicide, but died 8 years

after attempting suicide, from complications related to the suicide attempt.

In January 1939, William Patrick Hitler wrote an article for Look Magazine on "Why I Hate

My Uncle." He and his wife decided that their grave, located on a small cemetary on Long

Island, would display only their first names and "Rest In Peace."


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      bug 4 years ago

      I think Hitler was influenced by his fathers death and his mothers death.

      P.S. the spaceing was hard to understand.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, his life is fascinating,be-

      cause of the crazy person he was!!

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      Kelley 5 years ago from California

      I suppose the life of Adolph Hitler never ceases to fascinate, does it? At least to a degree, Hitler became an egomaniacal political leader, at least to a certain extent, because of his family (and girlfriends). This doesn't surprise me, of course. Later!

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      To UnnamedHarald: I'll try to do better.

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      mours, are you pressing the enter key to end each line? This doesn't allow the text to reformat for different layouts. Perhaps just type your text and let it flow and only press the enter key (twice) when you want to end a paragraph. Just a suggestion.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      To schoolgirl:

      Sorry if you were offended by my article. No, in no way

      do I excuse Hitler!!Absolutely not! I was merely saying

      that his family life may have had something to do with it. I, by no means, said it had everything to do with it.

      You don't know me, so you shouldn't be so quick to judge!

      I also think you could use better and cleaner comments

      than LMAO! Sorry.

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      schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

      I find it strange you would write about Hitler but not mention much about what he did. As if being in a dysfunctional family is a good reason to become a monster? I don't think there is any excuse!! LMAO :rolleyes:

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Hi! Thanks for your comments; and I agree. Hitler may have been influenced by his family, environment, and re-

      jection; but that's certainly no excuse! Everyone experi-

      ences rejection; and I've certainly had my share! However, that certainly didn't turn me into a tyrant and

      a murderer, and a mass murderer. In fact, these hard times have made me stronger!

      I think part of my structure problem is this computer.

      Drives me crazy! I've been trying to correct it, really.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Not to be rude Brandt... But are you kidding? The man is a documented monster responsible for the murder of millions... Mours. Thank you for researching the life and times of the Hitler family. Interesting...

      I find your sentence spacing to be a bit peculiar. May I politely suggest that you adjust the format a bit before publication. The story will flow a bit more naturally. Other than that.. Bravo.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Sorry, but I think it was more than "just"

      being a misunderstood artist.

      I believe his dysfunctional family life probably had

      something to do with how he turned out.

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      Brandt Hardin 5 years ago

      Hitler was just a misunderstood artist. Rejection is the most brutal of human conditions and young Adolf underwent the metamorphosis into the monster of our historical lore by his rejection from art school. See him his happiest and read all about it at

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Thank-you for the comment!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from West Virginia