Recent DNA tests of relatives of Adolf Hitler suggest that the Fuehrer of Nazi Germany, whose ideology was based on the primacy of “racial purity” and the existence of a master race and the extermination of “lesser races”, had Jewish and African roots.
According to the UK Telegraph:
“Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, tracked down the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.
“A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
“‘One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised,’ Mr Mulders wrote in the Belgian magazine, Knack.
“Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.”
Hitler’s father Alois is suspected of being the illegitimate offspring of a maid and a 19-year-old Jewish man.
The findings suggests a strange and bitter irony arising out of the horrible history of World War II. Hitler’s Nazi Party prescribed the extermination of “sub human races”, especially Jews. This extermination was carried out before and during the Second World War on an industrial scale, with 6 million Jews being annihilated, primarily in gas chambers in death camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau.
That Hitler himself was not the Aryan ideal can be realized in a glance. The Fuehrer of Nazi Germany was hardly a tall, blue-eyed, blond-haired ubermann. Hitler was short; dark-haired; and, with the tooth brush moustache, somewhat funny looking in a Chaplinesque way.
The existence of DNA, not to mention DNA testing, was unknown during the Nazi era. But one with a whimsical turn of mind could imagine an alternate history in which the Nazi Reich survived and DNA testing would be used to weed out the untermeschen and mark them for obliteration. How many blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryans would have been marked as having unacceptable DNA in that case?
Going even further, what would happen in the alternate Nazi reality if some researcher had gotten a hold of – say – a little bit of Hitler’s hair and done a DNA test, as have Mulders and Vermeeren in our history? Consternation and anarchy? Or a cover up? Seems like there is an alternate history story there.
Hitler ‘had Jewish and African roots’, DNA tests show, Heidi Blake, UK Telegraph, August 24th, 2010