Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Was Hitler part Jewish?

Continuing with the Hitler comics, I finally decided to read Adolf by Osamu Tezuka. I'm one volume (out of five) into the story now, and it's a great read. One of the main plot threads has to do with a rumor that Adolf Hitler is part Jewish. Curious to see how that rumor holds up, I turn to The Straight Dope:

Was Hitler part Jewish?

"While Hitler probably didn't have any Jewish blood, it can't be completely ruled out. Hitler's father was illegitimate and to this day there is some question about who his grandfather was. Throughout his career he was dogged by rumors about his pedigree, some of them circulated by his fellow Nazis. In 1933 the London Daily Mirror published a picture of a gravestone in a Jewish cemetery in Bucharest inscribed with some Hebrew characters and the name Adolf Hitler. It's now known the Bucharest Hitler could not have been grandfather to our Adolf, but Hitler was sufficiently worried about the whole business that, according to the historian John Toland, he had the Nazi law defining Jewishness written to exclude Jesus Christ and himself."

2 comments:

  1. Fascinating Topic!

    This shows up in the fine print of the Luxor marker background - February 16 posting:

    "His father, Alois, was born in 1837. He was the illegitimate son of Maria Schicklegruber and her unknown mate. It is quite possible that she was made pregnant by the Jewish son of the house that she was a cook in."

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  2. Yah, that's why American WWII propaganda is always calling Hitler "Schicklegruber".

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