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The Adolf Hitler Family Tree started as 'hitler_family_tree00.pdf' using information from Heinz A. Heinz, Germany's Hitler (London: Hurst & Blackett, 1934) and various Internet resources.

The Young Hitler I Knew (London: Greenhill Books, 2006), tran. by Geoffrey Brooks was the first new translation into English since 1954 and offered a modest improvement in completeness [but see NOTE below]. This book is the valuable memoir of August Kubizek, an early (and maybe only) friend of the young Adolf Hitler. It contains many genealogical details which were checked against the existing tree and which are at odds in several particulars. As it so happens, there's nothing that substantially changes the tree as to the basic facts of Hitler's ancestry and descendants.

A summary of those discrepancies follows. This site does not possess the data to discern which information is correct and which is in error (a judgment call was made in adding a few minor facts to form the new version). In any case it is hoped that this listing may stimulate interest in further research.

Going generally from top-down and from left to right. Page numbers refer to the Kubizek book noted above. Entries marked with a red asterisk (*) have been incorporated into the revised tree which has been made into two versions:

'hitler_family_tree01_landscape.pdf' and

'hitler_family_tree01_portrait.pdf':

 

Johann Nepomuk HTTLER                            p. 47, the surname is HIEDLER. *

Alois SCHICKLGRUBER                                  p. 53 has the birth date as 7 Jul 1837.

NOTE: Pp. 47 & 54 indicate when the name change from SCHICKLGRUBER to HIEDLER was accomplished for Alois: 4 Jun 1876 in Dllersheim parish, then ratified 6 Jan 1877 in the government office at Mistelbach. Since Alois very soon thereafter started using HITLER (p. 54: " 'Hiedler' was too boring, too soft, but 'Hitler' had a good ring to it and was easy to remember"), it's safe to assume this occurred no later than 1877. It's important to realize that this name-change happened 12 years before the birth of Adolf; in fact, it happened during a previous (second) marriage. Adolf resulted from Alois's third marriage, thus, Adolf was always called HITLER from the beginning. The Kubizek book even reproduces, in facsimile, the original birth record showing this. So much for stupid jokes about "Adolf Schicklgruber"; he was never called that.

Alois HITLER Jr                                                  p. 46 says born 13 Dec 1881 in Braunau.

Angela Franziska Johanna HITLER               p. 45 has death in Munich. * She was married to Leo RAUBAL in Sep 1903. *

Gustav HITLER                                                  p. 47 says birth 17 May 1885, death 9 Dec 1887. Only off by a few days here; could these be the dates of the records as opposed to the events?

Edmund HITLER                                                p. 49 has death 29 Jun 1900 in Leonding.

Bridget Elizabeth DOWLING                           p. 46 calls her a "Dutchwoman".

Heinrich HITLER                                               p. 46 calls him Heinz. *

 

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NOTE: The 2006 edition may have improved things, but not by much. As a rough measure, the 1954 edition (tran. by E.V. Anderson) had translated about 70% of the full original, but this edition only did maybe 10% more. Why this should be so remains quite a mystery. To show one important section left out, here is the famous "Why didn't you kill him?" part that was near the end of the full German work. This was actually in the older English translation:

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"It was only just in time as the very next day I was arrested and held for sixteen months in the notorious detention camp of Glasenbach. Naturally, an intensive search was made during my absence for the Hitler papers, but with no success. In the beginning I was often questioned, first in Eferding, then in Gmunden. These interrogations all ran on the same lines; something like:

"You are a friend of Adolf Hitler's?"
"Yes."
"Since when?"
"Since 1904."
"What do you mean by that? At that time he was nobody."
"Nevertheless, I was his friend."
"How could you be his friend when he was still a nobody?"
An American officer of the Central Intelligence Corps asked: "So you are a friend of Adolf Hitler's. What did you get out of it?"
"Nothing."
"But you admit that you were his friend. Did he give you money?"
"No."
"Or food?"
"Neither."
"A car, a house?"
"Not that either."
"Did he introduce you to beautiful women?"
"Nor that."
"Did he receive you again, later on?"
"Yes."
"Did you see him often?"
"Occasionally."
"How did you manage to see him?"
"I just went to him."
"So you were with him. Really? Quite close?"
"Yes, quite close."
"Alone?"
"Alone."
"Without any guard?"
"Without any guard."
"So you could have killed him?"
"Yes, I could have."
"And why didn't you kill him?"

"Because he was my friend."