New DNA testing suggests that Adolf Hitler may have married a Jewish woman, as hair samples from a brush, allegedly used by Eva Braun, have linked her ancestry to the very same race the Nazis were trying to exterminate during World War II.
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were long time lovers and married while hiding in his bunker as Soviet forces advanced upon Berlin. They committed a joint suicide, Braun ingested a cyanide pill and Hitler shot himself in the head. Their bodies were later burned.
New DNA analysis performed on hair samples obtained from a brush that it is believed to have belonged to Braun, concluded that Hitler could have very well unknowingly married a Jew in the last desperate minutes of his life.
The startling information is revealed in the British network Channel 4 special Dead Famous DNA, in which scientists attempt to solve mysteries using DNA technology.
Braun’s hairs came from a monogrammed brush found at the end of WWII by an American intelligence officer in her apartment at Hitler’s Alpine residence in Bavaria, known as the Berghof.
This is how the DNA researchers worked:
“They found a specific sequence within the mitochondrial DNA, a small genome within the mitochondria of the cell that is passed down the maternal line from mother to daughter unchanged over the generations, belonging to haplogroup N1b1, which is associated with Ashkenazi Jews.”
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun met in 1929, when she was a 17-year-old photography assistant and he was 40. She fell in love with him almost instantly.
However, Hitler projected an image of being solely dedicate to his political career, without a family and moreover that of a celibate man, so he kept Braun hidden away in Berghof.
Initially, Hitler had Eva Braun — who attended a Catholic school — investigated by his private secretary, to ensure she was an Aryan and when that was confirmed they moved on with their relationship.
Other than Braun, Hitler was not associated with any other females aside from his half-niece, Geli Raubal, who committed suicide with his gun at his Munich apartment in 1931. Many suspected she and Hitler had a romantic relationship that may have ended when he started courting Braun.
While the results of the DNA test are interesting they are not definitive, as scientists have not been able to compare them to samples from surviving relatives of Hitler’s lover, who refused the request by producers to take a DNA swab.
Adolf Hitler — one of the most hated men in history — saw Jews as the great enemy of the German race and was responsible for the extermination of almost six-million of them, two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population, between 1939 and 1945.
[Image via German Federal Archive/Wikipedia]