Hitler Had a Son?

He fathered boy with French teen, says Paris magazine
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 2:48 PM CST
Hitler Had a Son?
This 1938 file photo shows Adolf Hitler and his personal representative Rudolf Hess, right, during a parade in Berlin.   (AP Photo)

A Paris magazine has caused a stir by reviving a sensational allegation about Adolf Hitler: He supposedly fathered a son with a French teen while he was a soldier in World War I. The Telegraph has the details: The son's name is Jean-Marie Loret, and he died in 1985 having never met his father. In fact, he fought against Nazi forces in World War II. His biological mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, was 16 when she said she struck up a relationship with the young Hitler, who was on leave.

Loret has told his story publicly before; he even wrote a book called Your Father's Name Was Hitler, which is now being republished. According to the story, Hitler never acknowledged his son, though he kept in touch with Lobjoie over the years. The Paris magazine LePoint presents lots of circumstantial evidence: The men have the same blood type, the German army gave envelopes of money to Lobjoie in WWII, paintings seemingly signed by Hitler were found in her attic upon her death, etc. The magazine's report is here, and though it's in French, you can at least see photos of Hitler and Loret side-by-side. The Telegraph sees an "astonishing resemblance," which is debatable. (But the mustaches definitely look alike.)

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