The German Ambassador has offered the sum of one million marks to the little town of Bronau for the community registers which contain the records of the family of Adolf Hitler, the Czechoslovakian press reports. The documents allegedly prove that Hitler’s grandmother originally had been named Esther, but changed her name, after being converted, to Jusepha. They also allegedly reveal that the German Chancellor’s grandfather had been named Abraham.
The Prager Neue Zeit carries the opinion of a Nazi leader that if Hitler is proven of Jewish origin, he will be removed from the Nazi party. The paper further reports from Berlin that German circles are highly excited in view of the announcement of the Prager Presse, semi-official government organ, that it will soon publish all the documents regarding Hitler’s grandparents.
The Pester Lloyd, Budapest newspaper and one of the foremost German-language dailies on the continent, in an article on the Hitler family tree reveals that Adolf Hitler may be a chip off the old block.
Commentators on the findings of the paper attribute Hitler’s impetuous treatment of German Jews to the impulsive nature of his grandfather, which, it is asserted, led to the birth of the famous chancellor’s father under the maiden name of his then unmarried mother.
The article is translated as follows: “The Hitler Family Tree” Austrian newspapers are publishing the following information on Hitler’s ancestors. The family hails from Waltersschlag, and their history extends back to the year 1672. Originally the name was Hiedler and was written from the year 1762 ‘Hitler’. The family moved from Waltersschlag to Spital near Gmuend.
“Hitler’s father studied shoe repairing in Spital. He soon became an official and later rose to a higher official rank. Hitler’s mother also came from Spital and was known by her maiden name, Klara Poelzl.
“Adolf Hitler was the third child. He had a brother and a sister older than he and a younger sister who was born in 1897.
“From the family tree one can see the facts which might have led to Hitler’s being known originally as Schicklgruber. Hitler’s father was the product of an illegal union of the grandfather with a maid by the name of Schicklhuber (not Schicklgruber). Shortly after the birth of the child the marriage took place, and the name of the baby was changed to Hitler.”
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