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Did Hitler have a son?
April 25, 2012 - Stephen Browne
Years ago I came across an article, I forget where but I believe it was a major news magazine, that there was a man in France who claimed to be the illegitimate son of Adolf Hitler.
The article said that one Jean-Marie Loret who died in 1985, claimed his mother Charlotte Lobjoie told him in the 1950s he was the son of the then-obscure corporal in the German army in France during World War I.
As I remember, the article went on to say Loret had children and grandchildren, and his wife had left him after he told her his parentage. Loret later wrote a book about his claim, and the alleged trauma he suffered because of the revelation.
The issue sank out of sight (this was before DNA testing) and I just assumed it was a hoax.
Now it seems the French magazine Le Point has announced there is evidence Loret was telling the truth. http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/exclusif-le-fils-francais-cache-d-adolf-hitler-17-02-2012-1432303_23.php
Le Point claims there is evidence Hitler covertly supported Loret's mother during the occupation of France, sending envelopes of cash via German officers and that paintings by Hitler were found in Lobjoie's attic.
Well, if that is true then Loret's descendants should be very wealthy from the sale of the paintings. But only for the historical record, and as an interesting psychological exercise. Surviving paintings by Hitler show competent technique, but an odd sense of proportion and perspective.
So does Hitler have living descendants?
Today it would be possible to verify this to a fair degree of certainty by comparing the DNA of Loret's offspring with known relatives of Hitler, but I actually don't think it matters anymore.
Does anybody care that Joseph Stalin, who murdered by conservative estimates at least ten times as many innocent people as Hitler, has a living grand-daughter? Who by the way, is half American?
I am pleased to see this doesn't seem to be creating much of a stir. Perhaps we are beyond barbarous notions of hereditary guilt and evil "in the blood."
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