There is an old and deliberately deceitful allegation that is still going around on the internet, about the identity of Adolf Hitler’s paternal grandfather. This deceit was instigated as part of a misinformation campaign to embarrass Adolf once he came to political prominence in the 1920’s.
Though it still is circulated by ignorant people, it was investigated and discredited in 1931.
It is based on the fact that we don't know conclusively
certainty who Adolf's paternal grandfather was.
Despite the uncertainty of who exactly his grandfather was we can be reasonably certain of the man’s ethnicity. Because we know that at that time there were was no movement of people such as there is today, and people lived in small communities where everyone knew everyone else. Many people never left their villages and towns their whole lives. The idea that a person of another ethnicity other than Austrian-German could have met and impregnated Maria Anna Schicklgruber and no-one would have noticed is ludicrous. Only an ignorant or a dishonest person would deny this truth.
Anyone who does even a modicum of serious research will discover that Johann Nepomuk Hiedler
— who also spelt his name as Hüttler
and later Hitler
— was almost certainly Adolf Hitler's biological paternal-grandfather, as he raised Alois as his own son, was present as an official witnesswhen Alois aged 39 had himself legitimised in the Church register as Alois Hitler
, and in his will left Alois a considerable portion of his life saving as an inheritance.
So, in reality there was not then — nor is now — any great controversy nor mystery about it.
Adolf's paternal grandmother was Maria Anna Schicklgruber
. Despite the lies that this discredited but recurring misinformation relies upon, Maria Anna was never a poor housemaid AND she did NOT work for ANY wealthy Jewish families, and there has never been provided any information nor even contemporary suspicion of her ever meeting or having sexual intercourse with anyone outside of her own immediate community. This was all invented by Hitler's enemies in the late nineteen-twenties — ninety years later — to try and discredit him.
Here are the basic facts.
Maria Anna, at the age of 26, inherited seventy-four and a quarter gulden at the death of her mother in 1821. By 1838 it had increased to 165 gulden. So by the standards of her time she was not poor.
Her son Alois (Adolf's father) was born in June 1837 when she was 42 years old. At the time of his birth, she was living in the Strones village with a family by the name of Trummelschlager. Mr and Mrs Trummelschlager became the godparents to Alois. So Alois Schicklgruber was born in the hamlet of Strones, parish of Döllersheim, in an area in northwest Lower Austria known as Waldviertel, to a 42-year-old unmarried woman, Maria Schicklgruber, whose family had lived in the area for generations
As she refused to reveal the name of her child’s father, the child was only given her name in the church baptismal register. She didn't marry until 1842 — five years after the birth of her son — to a man named Johann Georg Hiedler
, a miller of the village of Spital. Alois' entry in the baptismal register was made at Döllersheim where Johann Georg Hiedler and Maria Anna Schicklgruber were married. If he had been the father of Alois, Maria Anna and Johan Georg would certainly have named him as the father when they married, and thus legitimised their son. But they did not.
Maria died five years after her marriage on the 7th January 1847, aged 53.
Johann Georg Hiedler’s younger brother was Johann Nepomuk Hiedler
which he chose to spell as Hüttler
After Maria's death, her then 10 year old child Alois went to live in his household.
For clarity I will repeat that: Mrs. Maria Anna Heidler’s illegitimate son Alois went to live in the household of his stepfather’s brother — his step-‘uncle
’ Johann Nepomuk — five years after her marriage, upon her death.
Think about that!
Johann Georg Hiedler was 50 years old when he married, and 55 when he became a widower. After his wife's death, he presumably did not want responsibility for a young child who was not his but was his younger brother's bastard.
His brother Johann Nepomuk Hüttler
had been 35 years old and married at the time Alois was conceived. So he wouldn't have been able to admit his paternity of Alois without upsetting his wife. But now he could have his son Alois as his ‘nephew’ live in his own family home without alienating her.
Illegitimacy wasn't so uncommon then. Alois' own second wife Franziska Matzelsberger had a son born out of wedlock when he married her, and he accepted this son in his household. Illegitimacy was common in lower Austria at that time; in some areas it reached up to 40% and as late as 1903 the figure was 24%. So it was quite common for children to be born out of wedlock and to be legitimised at a later date.
SUMMARY: a delberate falsehood was invented and spread when Adolf Hitler was becoming a rising and popular politician. The aim of this lie was to try and discredit Hitler by suggesting his illegitimate father had been conceived by a 'secret' Jewish parent. It was investigated and discredited. But idiots still like to repeat it. In reality there is absolutely NO evidence of Maria Anna Schicklgruber ever working for a Jewish family in either Graz or Vienna. Not even professional peddlar’s of anti-Hitler mythology like Ian Kershaw accepts this ‘yarn’ of having any credibility. This story of Adolf having an anonymous Jewish grandparent is utter drivel. It is only favoured by people with simple minds or those with malicious intent.
Then concerning Hitler’s nationality: Hitler regarded himself as German. He spoke German as his mother tongue and he saw it as his mission to reunite all German speaking people into one nation. Sure, he was born in Austria, spoke German with an Austrian accent and had Austrian habits, such as of etiquette and politeness. But when people assert that Hitler was an Austrian that is to state the obvious in order to deny the obvious. Prussia, Bavaria, Austria, whatever: these were all Germanic principalities with Germanic populations speaking German. Hitler succeeded temporarily in uniting them into one volk. Certain people didn’t want a powerful, united Germany prospering under the leadership of a courageous person who recognised the way international banking operated. So a war was instigated against him, and he and the unity he achieved was destroyed in the most destructive, mass-murderous, most lied-about war in known human history.