Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Irish Hitler: ‘Why I hate my uncle’

William Patrick Hitler did not exactly disown his infamous uncle at first, so much as try to take advantage of him.

The U.K.-born relation persuaded dictator Adolf to find jobs for him in late-1930s Germany, dined out on his connection to the Fuhrer and reportedly even attempted to blackmail the instigator of the Holocaust.

But by the time the son of Hitler’s half-brother had arrived in the United States in 1939, he was taking a decidedly different tack.

He published an article in Look magazine called “Why I hate my uncle,” went on a similar-themed tour sponsored by newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and later served in the U.S. Navy.

Now the strange, little-known tale of Hitler’s nephew has come to the fore again, as a British Columbia bookseller offers for sale a rare copy of Look containing that piece  – for $950.

The article offers a young Irish-German relative’s unique perspective on the emerging Third Reich and its leader, including a description of William’s visit to Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s “feminine gestures.”  (more...)


More Irish than O'Bama or Drumph, but more transparent.

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