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Wednesday April 02 2008

I have a category called Brians, but have done very few actual Brians postings, and not any for quite a while.

Well, this, from Danny Finkelstein, livens things up, don’t you reckon?

Paddy Hitler.  Adolf Hitler did not have a son, but he did have a nephew, Paddy. Paddy, the son of Hitler’s brother Alois, lived in Liverpool as a young boy. In 1933 he moved to Germany, trying to be a car salesman and cash in on his family name. Things didn’t work out and he moved to the US, denouncing his Uncle and serving in the US Navy in the war. Finally he settled in Long Island where he had three sons, including Brian Hitler. I am not making this up.

Nor am I.  Heil Dizzy, for featuring this on his blog.  And yes, I did check the date.  Not April 1st.  March 31st.  So, presumably, true.

I don’t know...isn’t the Hitler’s actual surname Schiklegrubber? (spelling?)
I mean, why would his brother live in Britain under Adolf’ pseudonim and not their family name?

This whole thing sound a bit improbable to me.

Posted by Tat on 03 April 2008

I agree.  It certainly does.  So why did Finkelstein’s piece have March 31st on it?

My understanding is that they changed their name to Hitler before Adolf was born, so any siblings would have the same name.

But, Paddy?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 03 April 2008

Googling Brian Hitler, which I should have done earlier, says: it’s true!

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 03 April 2008

One of Finkelstein’s commenters says:

“I do believe it was William Patrick Hitler, rather than Paddy. In any case, Hitler’s nephew changed his surname to Stuart-Houston after WW2. So there was never any Brian Hitler, only Brian Stuart-Houston.”

So, still a Brian then.  Lucky he didn’t decide his name was embarrassing and change it to Stuart Hitler.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 03 April 2008

...or Franklin Delano…

Posted by Tat on 03 April 2008

I think I saw a documentary on this on the History Channel.  He had 4 sons who all vowed not to have any children because they were afraid they had an evil gene.

Check Wikipedia - confirms this story.  Search for William Patrick Hitler.

Posted by James Dudek on 03 April 2008

Wikipedia says that the pact was unsubstantiated.

Another one that is interesting is Werner Goering, Hermann Goering’s nephew, who not only flew 48 missions against Germany in the USAAF as a bomber pilot but had a copilot whose task was to kill him should he ever attempt to land his plane in Germany.

Posted by Julian Taylor on 06 April 2008

Hitler “evil” ? Come off it, I’ve been hearing this for bloody years. Leave the poor guy alone.

Posted by BB Wolfe on 08 April 2008

Alois Hitler was Hitler’s father, not his brother. Schicklgruber was Alois’s surname when he was born, which he changed to Hitler.

Posted by Antinazi on 04 August 2008

Adolf’s half-brother was also named Alois… I guess he’s the one mentioned above… The brother was actually born Matzelsberger.

Posted by Antinazi on 04 August 2008
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