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_Interview with William Patrick Hitler: 
Sept. 10, 1943 - New York City_

William Patrick is the son of Alois, Adolph's half-brother. 
He was born in England. His mother is Irish and married his 
father during the period that the latter was working in 
London as a waiter. The family was not a happy one and 
his mother left his father several times before he was 
born. When he was three years old his father deserted 
his mother and himself and contact was not 
reestablished until 1914.

The immediate cause for the separation was that his 
father had a passion for beating him when he was a baby 
and did so several times when the mother went out of the 
house When she was at hones, she protected him from 
the father but there were many quarrels in which the 
father contended that the child had to be disciplined 
at an early age and had to learn to respect and fear his father.

From the time of the desertion until the present day 
his father has never contributed anything to his support 
or the support of his mother. In fact, on several occasions, 
when Adolph gave money which should have been sent to 
the mother, the father appropriated it to his own ends. 
Before the final desertion, there was a, separation for 
a period of time during which the father went to Vienna. 
Just what year this happened in the boy does not know, 
but his mother has told him
that while he was there he met Adolph who was 
completely destitute and asked him for money. 
The father gave him a small amount but told him 
not to look for any .more and that it was time for 
him to stand on his own two feet and get a job and 
go to work - that he could not expect his family 
to support him forever.

 According to what his father told his mother during 
the years of their married life and told the boy later 
while he was in Germany, his relation to Adolph when 
they were boys was not happy. Alois, Sr. frequently beat 
him unmercifully with a hippopotamus whip. He demanded 
the utmost obedience and expected the boy, Alois, to 
tow the mark in every respect. Every transgressions 
was another excuse for a whipping. When asked for 
specific incidents that the father might have told, he 
recalled that once when his father was small he had 
played hooky from school. His father, according to 
these reports, was very mechanically inclined and 
liked to build all sorts of things. Alois, Sr. was in 
general pleased with these inclination' and tried to 
foster them. He would in fact promise the boy that 
when he became older he would send him to an engineering 
school if his work was good. On the occasion in question, 
the boy became interested in building a small boat. 
He became so engrossed in this project that he played 
hooky from school for three days in order that he might 
finish it more quickly. When the father learned of this 
he became enraged, he whipped the boy and then held 
him against a tree by the back of the neck until the 
boy lost consciousness. He then stalked off and left 
the boy lying at the bottom

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of the tree until nature would revive him.

Things went from bad to worst when Adolph was born. 
From the very beginning he became the apple of his 
mother's eye and would have little to do either with 
Alois, Jr. or with Angela, his sister. It is a. typical 
step-mother story in which the son is given all the 
favors and the step-children get the scraps. As Adolph 
became older he was still excused from doing any 
unpleasant chores. He always claimed to be sick and 
his mother kept him in bed a good part of the time and 
even carried his meals to him there. He was pampered 
from early morning until late at night and the step-
children had to listen to endless stories about how 
wonderful Adolph was and about what a great painter 
he would be some day. She even talked the father out 
of the idea of sending the oldest boy to engineering 
school; she claimed he was an incorrigible brat and a 
good-for-nothing and that all education would be 
wasted on him. The result was that the father put 
Alois, Jr. into an apprenticeship as waiter where he 
would be away from home and would not cost much 
money. As a child, Adolph was lazy and disagreeable. 
He would not do any studying and spent his time 
wandering around the country-side or sitting down 
by the river. He was always dreaming or dobbing [sic] 
and would occasionally get into trouble. When this 
happened he would run home and tell his mother that 
Alois had done it. She in turn would report it to the 
father who then would whip Alois for Adolph's actions. 
Alois, Jr. often said that he had to endure a great 
many whippings which belonged to Adolph.

When asked if he ever heard about the father whipping 
Adolph, he replied in the affirmative. He said the father 
used to beat Adolph just as well as Alois but not so 
frequently. When asked if he had heard, of any particular 
incidents he said he remembered his father telling him 
one time with considerable glee that when Adolph was 
about 11 years old he refused to put up with the 
maltreatment of his father any longer and resolved 
to run away from home with two other boys. The 
plan was to build a raft and float down the river. 
Preparations were already under way when the 
father got wind of it and went down to the river, to 
find the boys engaged in their raft building. He was 
furious and beat Adolph so violently that when he 
returned home he was afraid that he had killed him, 
but Adolph revived.

       Things in the Hitler household were not much improved 
when Adolph's sister Paula arrived. She, ,too, was spoiled 
by her mother but not to the same degree as Adolph. As she 
grew older, Alois, Jr. developed considerable affection for 
Paula while Angela developed some affection for Adolph and 
vice versa. Angela got to the point where she supported 
Adolph against Alois and Alois supported Paula against 
Angela. This crossed relationship has continued into 
adulthood although it is not strong in any direction. It 
was, however, strong enough at the time of the death of 
Clara Hitler that Alois persuaded Adolph that since the 
two girls were destitute it was up to the boys to turn their 
part of the inheritance over to the girls. According to the 
report, Adolph immediately said that in that case he would 
give his share to Angela,

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which he did, while Alois gave his share to Paula. Paula 
continued to stay in Linz for sometime after her mother's 
death although he does know for how long.

When asked about other children in the Hitler family, 
he said that two were born before Adolph. They were 
called Gustaf and Edmund and they both died in infancy 
from unknown causes. He is also under the impression 
from what his father has said that two other children 
were born to Clara Hitler before Alois, Sr. married her. 
They were the children of Alois but were born during 
the lifetime of his second wife. They, too, died as infants 
as far as he knows although he admits that he has never 
been very clear on this subject.

        Alois, Jr. seems to be a reproduction of his father in 
many ways. Not only does he go off into rages and want to 
beat his children but after leaving his wife he went back 
to Germany and married another woman without being 
divorced from the first. The first marriage was performed 
in the Catholic church and no divorce was possible. In any 
case he lived with his second wife in Germany and a son 
named Heinz was born out of this union. When contact was 
made with the father again, about 1913, or early 1914, he 
was a very prosperous businessman in Germany and owned 
a chain of stores dealing in razors and barber's equipment. 
This business seems to have gone on the rocks during the 
World War and the inflation that followed. In any case, the 
boy's mother sued Alois on the grounds of bigamy in the 
German courts prior to the War. Before the case came up 
in court, Alois, Jr. wrote the mother pleading letters 
begging her to have mercy on him and that if she did not 
press the suit he would send her money for their support 
regularly and threatened to commit suicide if she did 
press the suit. She agreed not to on condition that he 
send her money monthly. The case came up in court and 
since she did not press the suit, the father was found 
guilty and given the sentence of one year in prison which 
was later suspended. He never kept the promise of 
sending the money.

        They lost contact with Alois, Jr. during the War and 
did not reestablish it until the late 1920's when Adolph 
began to rise in popularity sufficiently to get into the 
English newspapers. They wrote to Adolph and through 
him got in touch with Alois again. He again promised to 
support them but did nothing. In 1930, when Hitler 
suddenly became famous with over 100 seats in the 
Reichstag they thought it was an opportunity of making 
some money by giving an interview to the Hearst press. 
Negotiations were under way but they felt the need of 
additional information and wrote to Alois asking for 
further details about Adolph's youth. The reply came 
in the form of a demand from Adolph to come to Munich 
immediately for a conference. Tickets for the passage 
were enclosed. Upon their arrival in Munich they found 
Adolph in a perfect rage. He summoned a family counsel 
at which Adolph, Angela, Alois, William Patrick and his 
mother were present. The gist of what Adolph said was 
now that he was gaining some importance the family need 


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