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not think that they could climb on his back and get a 
free ride to fame. He claimed that any release to the 
Hearst newspapers involving his family would destroy 
his chances for success in view of Alois' record and that 
negotiations with the Hearts syndicate had to be stopped 
immediately and the great problem was how this could 
be done without .arousing suspicions. It was finally 
suggested that William Patrick and his mother return 
to London and tell the Hearts people that it was a 
question of mistaken identity and that they had 
discovered that the Adolph Hitler who was the leader 
of the Nazi Party was not the uncle they had supposed 
but an Adolph Hitler who was no kin to theirs whatever. 
Hitler was pleased with this solution and urged them to
 get back to London as quickly as possible and disclaim 
all relationship in the present and the future. He handed 
Alois $2000 to cover their expenses while they were in 
Munich and supplied them with passage home and 
instructions to give Mrs. Hitler what was left over 
when these expenses had been paid. Alois, according 
to the story, did everything except pass over what was 
left of this sum and promised to send it through the 
mails which would be much safer, but it never arrived.

As Adolph continued to rise to fame and finally came 
into power, Mrs. Hitler chafed more and more  under her 
poverty. She decided again to try to get some form of 
support and again approached Adolph in the matter since 
she was tired of Alois' broken promises and thought 
Adolph might be willing to pay something to keep her 
quiet. After some time, Hitler replied and invited 
William Patrick to Berchtesgaden for a summer 
vacation. When he arrived there he was greeted by 
Angela who was keeping house there at that time 
and roundly upbraided for demanding help from Hitler 
who, she claimed, was not even his uncle. He did not 
understand what she meant by all this but soon learned. 
When Hitler called another conference at which Angela. 
Alois and himself were present, Hitler was very sweet 
and told William Patrick that it really broke his heart 
to tell him that this but since he insisted on making 
demands on Hitler that he could see no way out of it 
except to tell him the truth. The truth, according to 
him was that his father, Alois, Jr. was not really the 
son of Hitler's father but a boy who had been orphaned 
as an infant and whom Alois, Sr. had taken into his 
home and brought up as his own child. He turned to 
Alois, Jr. who obligingly confirmed the story. He said, 
however, that they did not want to be too hard on him 
and that it would be best for everyone if nothing was 
said outside the family. He only wanted to make it 
clear to William Patrick that he had absolutely no 
claim on him as an uncle and that they were in fact 
not related at all.

After his return to London, William Patrick and his mother 
checked on this report through the British Consul General 
in Vienna who, after some time, said the story was impossible 
because no adoption papers were on record and the baptismal 
certificates were clear. From these we learn that Alois, Jr. 
was born as an illegitimate child of Alois, Sr. and his 

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second wife, Fransiska Metselsterger and that he was 
later legitimatized by their marriage in 1883. Angela, 
too, was born of this union. The baptismal certificate of 
Alois, Sr. is interesting in so far as his father's name is 
given as Hitler and not Hiedler, as all the biographers 
have it. In changing his name from Schicklgruber to Hitler, 
it would seem that he was taking his father's name and 
not that of his mother-in-law by his third marriage.

William Patrick has also a photostatic copy of Adolph's 
baptismal certificate showing that he was born in Braunau 
on April 20, 1889 and not elsewhere on some other date as 
Otto Strasser's new book will try to show. It also shows that 
Hitler's God-father and God-mother are probably not Jewish 
as Heiden and many others have claimed but a family named 
Pinx who lived on Loewengasse 28, Vienna III. Furthermore, 
William Patrick says that his father often talked about his 
own father's anti-Semitism and it seems that when he was 
young he borrowed some money from a Jew in Vienna in order 
to take some examination in the customs service and that he 
felt that this person had in some way done him dirt. Just 
what the details were are not known. In any event, William 
Patrick leaves it as out of the question that Alois, Sr. would 
choose a Jew as a God-father for any of his children.

According to the report, Alois, Sr. also was very anti-German 
as was also Alois, Jr. He says that his mother used to tell in 
an amused tone of voice about how she used to jolt him out 
of his tirades by saying to him, "Shut up, you dirty German!". 
This would divert his attention from whatever he was raging 
about and concentrate his rage on the German. He considered 
it a grave insult to be classed with them and stoutly 
maintained that he was an Austrian and that that was 
something entirely different. It was therefore amusing 
in the family to have Adolph come along andpraise [sic] 
Germany to the skies and renounce his Austrian affiliations.

Another interesting sidelight was that Angela had a son 
named Leo in addition to Geli. After 1930, this son would 
have nothing whatever to do with Hitler and although he 
frequently came to Berchtesgaden to visit his mother, 
he always did so when he knew Hitler would be in Berlin. 
As soon as he heard that Hitler was coming to Berchtesgaden 
he would pack up and leave. The reason for his behaviour, 
according to Angela, was that he held his Uncle Adolph 
responsible for Geli's death and vowed that he would 
never speak to him again. After the war broke out he 
went to the Balkans and is reported to have been killed 

William Patrick also met Geli several times and says she 
was rather attractive in a peasant sort of way; he says 
she was good-natured and rather pleasant company. When 
asked if she ever mentioned or talked about her uncle, he 
said she told him that her life was very hard; that Hitler 
insisted that she accompany him wherever he went and it 
was very embarrassing for her, particularly since she knew 
that Gregor Strasser was opposed to Hitler's being seen 
with her and furthermore, because it 

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prevented her from meeting any other young people. 
She said that he often insisted that she accompany 
him on trips to Berlin but no sooner would she arrive 
there than he packed her in a car and sent her to the 
airport to be flown to Berchtesgaden where she was 
to wait until he returned there. According to this 
report, Angela was always complaining that her life 
in Berchtesgaden was extremely difficult because 
Hitler was always complaining about money and 
would not give her an adequate amount to run the 
house on or do anything else.

The relationships between Angela and Adolph became 
very strained with the latter discovered that Angela 
was conspiring against him. It seems that the farmer 
who owned the land adjoining Hitler's at Berchtesgaden 
had died and that Angela was bringing all kinds of 
pressure to bear on the wife of this old Party member 
to sell the land to her. Hitler was outraged when he 
heard about it and investigation proved that Angela 
was acting as an agent for Goering who wanted to obtain 
this land in order to build a house on it. Much as Hitler 
likes Goering, it seems that he did not like him enough 
to have him as a next-door neighbor. When Adolph 
discovered all this, he was beside himself with rage 
and ordered Angela to pack her belongings and get out 
of the house as quickly as possible and never come back. 
It was only through the intervention of others who pointed 
out the unfavorable publicity that might develop out of 
such a sudden leaving that he was prevailed upon to allow 
her to remain in the house a while longer. Goering then got 
busy and married her off to Prof. Hamitsch of Dresden who 
was a millionaire and a staunch Party member. Hitler has 
never had any use for Angela since that time and sees her 
only rarely and then only to keep down suspicion.

Shortly after he broke up with Angela, he became 
interested in his sister Paula who was living in 
Vienna working in an office. Up to this time he had 
no contact Paula for a number of years. It seems that 
when he started out on his political career, Paula 
thought him crazy and told him that if he kept on he 
would wind up with his head in a noose. Hitler was 
offended at this remark and would not speak or write 
to her for years afterwards. Now he got in touch with 
her and even had her come on a visit. During the visit 
he agreed to send her a small monthly allowance on 
the condition that she stay out of the limelight and 
particularly out of the newspapers. Also she was not 
to mention the fact that she was related to him in any 
way. William Patrick met Paula during this visit and 
thought her somewhat stupid, at least, certainly not 
bright. He says she is the spitting image of Hitler in 

Later, due to the rising sentiment against Hitler in England, 
William Patrick was unable to get a job. He went to Germany 
and worked in several jobs before Hitler arranged a job for 
him at the Opal Auto Co., at a small salary. He would not give 
him permission to send some of the money to England where 
his mother was living. Over and over again 

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Hitler warned him about trying to cash in on their 
relationship and threatened to expose his father if 
he tried to do so. He said he then acquainted Hitler 
with the fact that he had documents from the British 
Consul to the effect that his story about his father 
was not true and that copies of these documents were 
deposited with the English government as well as 
with his mother in London. From that time on, Hitler 
became more tolerant of him and whenever he began 
to rage about William Patrick's activities, he had only 
to mention the documents in order to get Hitler to 
calm down. He was amazed that even Hitler's closest 
associates knew nothing about the Fuehrer, let alone 
a nephew. At first they discredited him on the ground 
that the Fuehrer only had one close relative, namely 
his sister Angela. Only Schaub and Hoffmann knew of 
the existence of the brother or anything about the Hitler 
family. He was under the impression that it was this 
knowledge that made Hitler fear both of them, because 
he is absolutely intent on keeping both his present family 
and his background a deep, dark secret.

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