Alois Schicklgruber was born illegitimately, and his paternity was never established. This means that Adolf Hitler could not prove who his grandfather was and thus prove his own 'Aryan descent'.
Hitler was saved from drowning
Hitler never admitted to the near-drowning accident in later life, but a small cutting from a 1894 newspaper was found, chronicling how a boy of four was saved from drowning. This confirms the story, told by priest Max Tremmel, of how his predecessor Johann Kuehberger had rescued the terrified Hitler.
Henry Tandey, a highly decorated British private, claims to have encountered an enemy soldier wounded, who did not even attempt to raise his own rifle, during WWI. Tandey chose not to shoot. The German soldier saw him lower his rifle and nodded his thanks before wandering off. Although disputed, that soldier is purported to have been Adolf Hitler.
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German historian Professor Peter Fleischmann claims to have discovered the results of a medical examination on Hitler after his arrest in 1923. The reports confirm that Hitler suffered from a birth defect known as 'right-side cryptorchidism', an undescended right testicle.
Hitler’s mother was a devout Catholic, while his father considered religion a scam. In his childhood, Hitler was enthralled by the pomp and ritual of the Catholic Church and for a while he even considered becoming a priest, but ended up rejecting religion as a teenager.
Hitler went to own a fleet of Mercedes cars, but when he was in jail in 1924, he wanted a 11/40 model which at the time cost 18,000 Reichsmarks. He wrote a dealership owner explaning that 'the biggest payment for my work is not expected until the middle of December (...) so I am compelled to ask for a loan or an advance.' The answer is unknown.
The then 18-year-old Hitler granted him his 'everlasting gratitude' for this, which may have saved his life when Hitler took power decades later.
was nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize
The recommendation came from Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt, a social democratic member of the Swedish parliament. He called Hitler a 'a God-given fighter for peace' and his book Mein Kampf 'the best and most popular piece of literature in the world.'
The revelations came from a 47-page account compiled by his six chief physicians, each specializing in different areas of treatment, and of a 178-page report dated June 12, 1945, which was compiled by Dr. Erwin Giesing, while he was interned by American forces.
Other Allied plots included dropping glue on Nazi troops in an attempt to stick them to the ground and disguising bombs in tins of fruit being imported to Germany. They also considered dropping boxes of poisonous snakes on enemy troops. Professor Brian Ford, a science writer and fellow of Cardiff University, discovered these plots by looking through stacks of recently declassified files.
Time named him Man of The Year after reducing 'Czechoslovakia to a German puppet state' and forcing a 'drastic revision of Europe's defensive alliances'.
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The museum's curators were set to work cataloguing between 140,000 and 150,000 artifacts, ranging from wedding portraits and infant cradles to Torah scrolls and hand-embroidered synagogue fabrics. Between 1942 and 1945, the incoming flow of artifacts filled the museum's premises as well as those of eight other buildings and more than 50 warehouses.
Hitler was informed that Mussolini had been executed by the Italian resistance movement on the previous day; this presumably increased his determination to avoid capture. On 30 April 1945, Soviet troops were within a block or two of the Reich Chancellery when Hitler shot himself in the head, and his death was announce the following day.
In 1913, Vienna was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire so it had its own kind of cultural soup, attracting the ambitious from across the empire.
Hitler never learned to drive. Yet, he spearheaded the development of the Volkswagen car.
Hitler declared that it 'is for the broad masses that this car has been built. Its purpose is to answer their transportation needs, and it is intended to give them joy.'
Hugo Gutmann was arrested by the Gestapo, but released as a result of the influence of SS personnel who knew his history. In 1939, he left for Belgium and again to the U.S. in 1940.
It was also given to every soldier fighting at the front. By the end of the war, about 10 million copies of the book had been sold or distributed in Germany.
Hitler and Braun never appeared as a couple in public; the only time they appeared together in a published news photo was when she sat near him at the 1936 Winter Olympics.
The Évian Conference, convened in 1938 to discuss the 'Jewish refugee problem', was ultimately doomed, as delegations from the 32 participating nations failed to come to any agreement about accepting the refugees fleeing the Third Reich.
Crucial hours were lost in the battle to hold on to Normandy because of it.
As a child, Hitler was obsessed with German author Karl May's adventurous tales of the American wild west. Ironically, May had never been to America when he wrote these well-loved books.
Hitler later claimed to be the seventh party member. He was in fact the seventh executive member of the party's central committee and he would later wear the Golden Party Badge number one.
Hitler himself was never elected by the people. He lost the presidential election but the Nazis formed a coalition that got them enough seats to demand the position of Chancellor for Hitler.
Paul von Hindenburg actually won the 1932 election with 53% of the votes, leaving Hitler with just 36.8%. However, in 1933, Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor of Germany, which later paved the way to dictatorship, war, and Nazi rule.
William Patrick Hitler was born in Liverpool in 1911, a product of the romance between the Fuhrer's brother and his Irish sweetheart. Before the war, he went on a lecture tour of the United States, regaling audiences with tales of his uncle's wickedness and the shortcomings of the Third Reich.
Hitler expressed doubts about the cyanide capsules he had received through Heinrich Himmler's SS. To verify them, Hitler tested one on his dog, Blondi, who died as a result.
Hitler and Braun were married in a small civil ceremony within the Führerbunker. The event was witnessed by Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann.
1889 was also the year the Coca-Cola Company originally incorporated as the Pemberton Medicine Company, Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night and the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published.
The name came from a German collector, Oscar Scheibel, who was sold a specimen of a then undocumented species in 1933. Its species name was made a dedication to Hitler, who had recently become Chancellor of Germany.
The last was in Belgium, in 1958.
Before the war there were 320 Adolfs registered in England and Wales, but the name became less popular in the years following the conflict.
One year after becoming Chancellor, the tax office of Munich sent Hitler a fine of 405,494.00 Reichsmarks for not paying taxes nor properly declaring his income. Hitler responded by ordering a state secretary of the ministry of finance to intervene, which resulted in Hitler becoming tax-free.
In a series of altered photographs, reportedly created for the U.S. government, Hitler sports a beard. He has glasses, is bald, and parts his hair differently.
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The playground is 28 feet above Hitler's concrete bunker in Berlin.
Hitler also invited Czechoslovakia's President to Berlin on 14 March 1939 and kept him waiting for four hours while he finished watching a film.
The researchers reached their conclusion after they were given rare access to fragments of Hitler’s teeth which have been held in Moscow since the end of World War II.