00011286.gif page 4 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 00011287.gif page 5 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 there. 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 00011288.gif page 6 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 appearance. 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 00011289.gif page 7 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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