Brothers Alexander Adolf, Louis, and Brian William live in a quiet working- class suburb on Long Island. They are all native New Yorkers. None have ever married or had children. Two of them have their own landscaping business. One is a social worker. Their brother, Howard, died in an auto accident. It has been reported that these brothers have lived a sad life by most standards. Living in seclusion, loneliness and fear. An existence with no vision or concept of what the American dream could or should mean to them. The dream of marriage, family children, grandchildren. The hopes and dreams many aspire to. The hope that our children will have better lives than we had. The hope that our name and bloodline will be carried well into the future long after we are dust. Hopes these men have apparently denied themselves with purpose and resolve.
These only American descendants of Adolf Hitler are living quietly on Long Island under assumed names. When they are gone, the bloodline of Adolph Hitler in the United States, will be severed for all time. The brothers have reportedly entered into a pact that none will marry or have children.
How did relatives of Hitler end up living a middle class life in Long Island, New York?
Adolph Hitler’s half-brother Alois. William moved to Berlin in the 1930′s. He attempted to capitalize on the notoriety of the Hitler name using various ploys and his resemblance to Hitler to make money. It is reported that Hitler himself regarded William as a freeloader and buffoon calling him one of his “most repulsive” relatives. Just prior to the German invasion of Poland, William took his show on the road to the United States.
Much as modern day celebrities, he charged per appearance to regale the not yet “Hitler sensitized” American audiences with life “inside the Nazi Reich”. As America was drawn into the war and Americans became aware of the brutal nature of the Hitler regime, the glamor and appeal of profiting off the Hitler name undoubtedly waned. It quickly turned to fear of reprisal and ridicule. He later attempted to enlist in the military and was rejected. Not happy with this he wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As one can imagine a letter from a blood relative to the man considered “evil incarnate” caused quite a stir. The letter triggered an investigation by the FBI. He was eventually allowed to enlist in the United States Navy.
After the war, William Patrick made his way to New York City and then Long Island, NY. He married, had children. He lived the rest of his life there. William Patrick Hitler passed away in 1987. In addition to the material things he handed down to his children he passed down his infamous name. A name so tainted, his children allegedly thought the only way to cure it was to deny themselves all that we love and cherish by entering into the Hitler Pact to end the blood-line forever.
While there certainly is curiosity value to the existence of the Hitler blood descendants in the United States, there are fascinating questions in both psychology and science.
What internal and external psychological forces drive three brothers to voluntarily choose to suppress those basic biological drives that we all possess and strive to fulfill? How has this denial of these basic instincts affected their psychological health?
What can genetic testing of these brother tell us? Are the brothers carrying any genetic markers that would offer some explanation for Hitler’s psychopathic behavior?
Can genetic testing tell us whether Hitler had any Jewish lineage? One of the most historically fascinating remaining question about Hitler unresolved to this day is whether Adolph Hitler had any Jewish ancestors or as he would put it “Jewish blood”. It is a popular wives tail that Adolph Hitler was part Jewish but this has never been confirmed. If DNA testing on Hitler blood relatives can not tell us, it will probably remain a mystery for all time. It has been reported that Hitler himself was obsessed with this possibility. Hitler tried his best to hide his origins. According to Dr. Fritz Redlich in his book, Diagnosis of A Destructive Prophet, Hitler feared that his paternal grandfather was Jewish. As noted in the book, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, there are few publications that examine this issue and none have verified sources. Pages 172-175 of the book contain a fascinating discussion of the various arguments on both sides of the coin.
In order to get a more complete perspective on the DNA issue I consulted author and historian Dr. Bryan Mark Rigg Ph.D. He is the author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers and Rescued From The Reich. Here is what he had to say:
“If the DNA shows anything, it will show how interconnected we all are. It could possibly answer the question of his possible Jewish background. While a gene study might give us some insight into his psychopathic behavior, it was probably more of a product of his abusive upbringing. Regardless of his background, he was an angry, evil man. In the end, it would help us all realize that we need to learn how to embrace the good in us and fight the evil regardless of our genetics. In the end you do not need proof of Hitler’s genetics to learn this truth about humanity.”
Will Alexander Adolf, Louis, or Brian William ever tell us what their hopes and dreams have been and what they are now? Will they tell us whether they entered into a pact never to marry or have children? Was it to spare their spouses and children the ridicule and loneliness they must have suffered.? Could it be much simpler in that they foresaw certain rejection from any women who discovered their secret and were sparing themselves the pain. Did they fear the uncertainly of the “Hitler genetics”? While this “societal sterilization” was self-imposed, it was also pushed on them by the thread of intolerance that often dooms generations upon generations to pay for the sins of their parents. These three healthy boys who were born with no future as if they had an incurable disease that will be genetically passed down for all time, the only solution was apparently to stop the bleeding by ceasing to exist. The Hitler Nephews are reportedly writing their own book about their experiences. Can they offer more than science? In the meantime the heart of humanity beats on
Brian Cuban is a an author whose best-selling book “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from childhood bullying, eating disorders and Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD) and drug addiction. Brian speaks regularly about his recovery and breaking the male eating disorder stigma.