Famous Nazi Descendants, and how they are dealing with their nazi past.
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Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels` step-grandchildren are billionaires
In the spring of 1945, Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the Luftwaffe, was being held as a POW by Allied forces in Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from his mother, Magda Goebbels -- the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The hand-written note confirmed the news he had heard weeks earlier: His mother had committed suicide with her husband on May 1, after slipping their 6 children cyanide capsules in Hitler`s underground bunker in Berlin. Quandt was released from captivity in 1947. Seven years later, he and his half-brother Herbert - Harald was the only remaining child from Magda Goebbels` first marriage - would inherit the industrial empire built by their father, Guenther Quandt, which had produced Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft missiles for the Third Reich.
Documentary film: Hitler's Children - The troubled Nazi descendants
The names of Himmler, Goering, Goeth and Hoess evoke the horrors of Nazi Germany, but what is it like to live with the legacy of those surnames? When he was a child Rainer Hoess was shown a family heirloom. His mother lifting the lid of the fireproof chest with a large swastika on the lid, revealing bundles of family photos. The pictures show a pool with a slide and a sand pit - an idyllic family setting - but one that was separated from the gas chambers of Auschwitz by just a few yards. His grandfather Rudolf Hoess was the first commandant of Auschwitz. His father grew up in a villa adjoining the camp, where he and his siblings played with toys built by prisoners.
Philippe Loret, alleged descendent of Hitler, first time publicly talks about his ancestry (long article)
Philippe Loret and his six siblings were sitting around the dining room table when their father, Jean-Marie, broke the news: "Kids, I've got something to tell you. Your grandfather is Adolf Hitler." There was stunned silence as no one knew what to say. That was 40 years ago, yet there is a sense that Philippe, 56, still doesn't know how to react. He has never spoken out about that conversation or the fact he may be the grandson of the Nazi dictator. He has kept it a secret from all but his closest friends. This is the first time Philippe has talked publicly about his ancestry - because of the new evidence which backs up his father's story.
Ferdinand von Schirach's latest thriller features a character based on his grandfather Baldur von Schirach, who headed the Hitler Youth
Ferdinand von Schirach has become one of Germany's top authors in spite of his famous surname. His grandfather was Baldur von Schirach, a Nazi who headed the Hitler Youth and was sentenced to 20 years for crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg war trials. Ever since Von Schirach junior started to dominate the German bestseller lists, he has had to field questions about his forebears. Now he has decided to publicly confront his ancestry in his work by including a character based on his grandfather in his latest book, The Collini Case.
Nazis' grandchildren: Rainer Hoess, grandson of Rudolf Hoess, was beaten by an Auschwitz survivor
Rainer Hoess was just 12 years old when he found out his grandfather was one of the worst mass murderers in history. The gardener at his boarding school, an Auschwitz survivor, beat him black and blue after hearing he was the grandson of Rudolf Hoess, commandant of the Nazi death camp. "He beat me because he projected on me all the horror he went through. Once a Hoess, always a Hoess. Whether you're the grandfather or the grandson, guilty is guilty."
Similarly, Ursula Boger found out during her university years that her grandfather was the most dreaded torturer at Auschwitz.
Outrage in the Czech Republic after Reinhard Heydrich's son offered to help to restore the castle where he lived
Outrage is growing in the Czech Republic after the son of the country's notorious Nazi leader said he wanted to help to restore the castle where his father resided during the Second World War. Reinhard Heydrich, who was one of the favorites to succeed Hitler as Führer, was killed by a Czech commando squad in 1942.
So far, thousands have signed a petition opposing having anything to do with Heider Heydrich's offer, and newspapers have carried editorials condemning his "insensitivity" at wanting to help to restore a place "from where orders for the deaths of thousands were given" by the Butcher of Prague.
Nazi Princess: Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun still supports Stille Hilfe - An organization that helps S.S. members
Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun Himmler (now Gudrun Burwitz) has for decades been active in Stille Hilfe (Silent Aid) - a group which helps S.S. members who are in trouble. Oliver Schroem, author of a book about Stille Hilfe, called Gudrun a "dazzling Nazi princess, a deity among these believers in the old times".
Coffee with Ricardo Eichmann, son of SS obersturmfuhrer Adolf Eichmann
For years, Ricardo Francisco Eichmann has distanced himself from the annals of history. In order to lead a normal life under the name "Eichmann", he concentrates on archaeological excavations of different, much earlier periods. "There are experts who can speak about WWII much better than me, what do I have to add?" he asks, each time he turns down interview requests. Ricardo explains it would have been much easier on his family if Adolf Eichmann had expressed remorse over his actions - and how he cannot comprehend the "following orders" argument that his father used to excuse his actions.
Barbara Cherish's father Arthur Liebehenschel was kommandant of Auschwitz Camp I
Barbara Cherish knew early in her life that her German father, Arthur Liebehenschel, was involved in something terrible, which the family did not talk about. Only later did she found out he had run part of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The knowledge exhausted her, but it took a life crisis to motivate her to delve into her father's nazi past. The result is a book - "The Auschwitz Kommandant: A Daughter's Search for the Father She Never Knew" - in which she tries to come to terms with the father she never knew and the knowledge of his crimes, which saw him sentenced to death in Poland after the war.
Hitler's Children: Descendants of Göring, Eichmann speak out in documentary film
A small group of Germans are slowly coming to grips with the crimes of their fathers and grandfathers. After the end of WW2 the descendants of the Nazi leaders were left a legacy that links them to the horrors of the Third Reich. Adolf Hitler did not have children. Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their 6 kids in Hitler's bunker in 1945. But what about the families of Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann? In "Hitler's Children" the Nazi descendants discuss the struggle between the admiration that children have toward their parents and their revulsion of their crimes.
Grandson of Rudolf Hoess tries to sell SS memorabilia to Yad Vashem
The offices of Yad Vashem got an infuriating proposal. The grandson of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of the Auschwitz death camp, offered to sell some of his grandfather's personal items. The letter to the museum, entitled "Rare objects, Auschwitz, Commander Hoess," was short: "These are several objects from the estate of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz: A massive, fireproof box with official insignia – a gift from Henrich Himmler, the commander of the SS... slides from Auschwitz that have never been seen publicly, letters from his period of imprisonment in Krakow. I would be very grateful for a brief answer. Sincerely, Reiner Hoess."
Bettina Goering, descendant of Hermann Goering, seeks closure in Israel
Bettina Goering, whose great-uncle was the Nazi leader Hermann Goering, ran away at 13, lived on a commune in India, fled to the US and was sterilized. All to escape the legacy of her last name. Bettina's journey to cleanse herself of the family's nazi past is revealed in the documentary "Bloodlines" - which shows her emotional encounters with Ruth Rich, a child of Holocaust survivors. Bettina's father Heinz was adopted by Hermann Goering, and like him, Heinz become a Luftwaffe fighter pilot. He was downed over the Soviet Union. Freed in 1952, he traveled back only to find that his two brothers had killed themselves and the family's fortunes were gone.
The Nazi descendants who embraced Judaism, live in Isreal - Meet a relative of Hitler
Tanya Gold discovers that a relative of Adolf Hitler is now Jewish and living in Israel, and so is the son of a Waffen-SS man. --- Years ago I saw a strange story in an obscure American magazine, claiming that a descendant of Adolf Hitler had converted to Judaism and was living in Israel. I had heard rumours for years about "the penitents" - children of Nazis who become Jews to make amends for the sins of their fathers. Could it be true? I dug further and discovered that a man with a family link to Hitler does really live in Israel. I had to meet him, and on the way I was plunged into the strange subculture of the Nazi-descended Jews.
Photos of children of Nazi leaders - thread at AxisHistory forum
Photographs of the children of the Nazi leaders, including Gudrun Himmler, Edda Goering, children of Martin Bormann, children of Magda and Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf v. Ribbentrop.
Sins of the Grandfathers: Waffen SS and Iron Crosses - radio show
Dan Tetsell is obsessed with nazism. That's not uncommon, but his is not the usual arm's-length fascination. His grandad Kurt Martens was a Waffen SS officer, who was granted the Iron Cross on the eastern front - at the very least complicit in atrocities. "There were good Germans, but my grandfather wasn't one of them." Sins of the Grandfathers (9pm, Radio 4) is Tetsell's comedy show about his ancestor, and his feelings about him. Using official documents and letters, Tetsell tracks him from his childhood in Weimar Germany to his death in the final days of the war, and asks a hard question: was Martens a better man than his grandson?
How Himmler's daughter Gudrun Burwitz helps Nazi death-camp guard
A group of Nazi sympathisers is aiding a former death-camp guard Erna Wallisch to avoid prosecution. Silent Help, which claims to be a charity, is partly run by Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun Burwitz. It has helped some of the Third Reich's most prominent officers, including Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie and Erich Priebke. Gudrun - the only child of Heinrich Himmler who nicknamed her "Puppi" (little doll) - is fêted by SS veterans and has attended one of their rallies in Austria. Like the children of Martin Bormann and Hermann Göring, she knows the infamy attached to having such a man as a father, but unlike them she keeps alive the memory of her father.
Katrin Himmler - Yes, I`m related to Heinrich Himmler
Katrin's surname suddenly struck one of her classmates during a history lesson. "Are you related to the Himmler?" When Katrin managed to stammer out "Yes", the rest of the class, until then bored by the endless detailing of Nazi atrocities, turned round as one and stared at her. -- Her book "The Himmler Brothers" has been acclaimed in Germany, but not all of her relatives are willing to cope with its contents head-on. Heinrich Himmler`s daughter Gudrun, his legitimate offspring with wife Marga, declined to cooperate with the book. The other two children, a son and daughter by his mistress Hedwig, found anonymity when she married after 1945, and have clung to it.
Son of Nazi tank commander, who win the Iron Cross, now a Jew by choice
Bernd Wollschlaeger, former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, was born the son of a WWII German tank commander: a third-generation warrior who got the Iron Cross - pinned on his uniform by Adolf Hitler. Bernd came to view his father, Arthur, as a drunk whose life had been shattered by the Nazis' defeat. Arthur had been educated at NAPOLA, the elite Nazi training academy. He never joined the Nazi Party, but he embraced vision of making Germany great again. Arthur, wounded 5 times during the war, won the Iron Cross for a tank charge in Poland. Sometimes old army buddies dropped by singing Deutschland üeber alles and Die Fahne hoch, the Nazi Party anthem.
2005 interview of Hilde Schramm - The daughter of Albert Speer
Hilde Schramm spent 20 years writing to her father Albert Speer in jail in an attempt to understand his Nazi past. Here she tells how it feels to be the daughter of Albert Speer. Hilde Schramm was the second oldest of Albert and Margret Speer's six children. The family often stayed in Berghof, Obersalzberg, where Hitler and other prominent Nazi officials, such as Martin Bormann and Hermann Goering, had their country cottages. The book "His Battle With Truth" shows a photograph from 1943, of Hitler's birthday at Berghof, where the führer stands surrounded by the children. By his side, holding his left hand, stands a radiantly happy Hilde.
Friedrich Karl Flick - Billionaire Son of Nazi War Criminal Dies
Friedrich Karl Flick, a German-Austrian billionaire whose industrialist father was convicted as a war criminal after helping to finance the Nazi regime, died at the age of 79. He was ranked 94th among the world's richest people, with a net worth of $6.1 billion. Flick senior was the owner of a industrial conglomerate who became a member and funder of the Nazi party, benefiting from the liquidation of non-aryan property and becoming one of Adolf Hitler's main armaments producers.
Son of Italy's Last King Arrested
Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, the son of Italy's last king, was arrested in northern Italy. Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in a 1946 referendum because of the royal family's support of Benito Mussolini's fascist government. The ban on entering the country was written into Italy's constitution two years later. The parliament agreed in 2002 to end the forced exile, ending a ban of more than 50 years on male heirs of the House of Savoy from entering the country.
DNA tests to solve if a man is a descendent of both Hitler and Himmler
A Spanish university is making DNA tests on a man who is trying to prove he is a descendent of both Adolf Hitler and the Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler. The man's claim is based on physical similarities and childhood memories. A photograph shows a resemblance to a image of Himmler, whom he believes is his maternal grandfather. Guillermo also claims his father is the son of Hitler, born in 1931 of a affair between the Führer and Geli Raubal. Should DNA tests validate his claims, he hopes to show that high-ranking Nazis did more than pass through Spain on route to South America. Spain gave more than 100 Nazis asylum and new identities, according to unclassified documents.
Descendant of Hermann Goering converts to Judaism (Article no longer available from the original source)
"I used to feel cursed by my name. Now I feel blessed", said physiotherapist Matthias Goering, a descendant of Hermann Goering. He says he did not have a happy childhood. His great-grandfather and Hermann's grandfather were brothers, and that was enough to ensure problems after the fall of the Third Reich. His father, a military doctor, was a Soviet POW, but returned with his anti-Semitic views intact. "When times were hard our parents would say to us, 'You can't have that, because all our money's gone to the Jews.'" Other descendants of Nazis have trodden the same path. Katrin Himmler, who's uncle was the SS commander Heinrich Himmler, married an Israeli.
Last surviving child of Benito Mussolini dies (Article no longer available from the original source)
Romano Mussolini, the last surviving child of Italy's Fascist wartime dictator Benito Mussolini, died in a Rome hospital following recent heart surgery. The youngest of Benito and Rachele Mussolini's five children, he was considered one of Italy's best jazz musicians. In 2004 he published a memoir, "Il Duce, my father," using the Italian word for 'leader' which his followers called the dictator for 20 years until he was killed by partisans at the end of WW2. In the book, Mussolini painted an affectionate portrait of his father and his mistress Clara Petacci, who was executed with him in 1945. "For me, 90% of what my father did as a man and as a politician was positive.".
Albert Speer Jr emerges from Nazi father's shadow
As the son of one of Hitler's closest aides who spent much of his childhood at the dictator's mountain retreat, Albert Speer knows more than most Germans what it is like to live in the shadow of the country's Nazi past. Named after his father who was Hitler's chief planner and favourite architect, Albert Speer Jr. was so traumatised by the war years that he developed a stutter so strong that he could barely communicate.
Katrin's choice: how do I tell my son about great-uncle Heinrich
Frau Himmler, a political scientist, is the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, head of Hitler`s SS and mastermind of the concentration camp system. She is married to an Israeli whose family was confined to the Warsaw ghetto, which was burned to the ground by troopers acting on her great-uncle`s orders. Sometime soon her son will have to be told of the 20th-century tragedy that is part of his heritage.
Family ties: The Tojo legacy - interview
Yuko Tojo, 66, clearly idolizes her grandfather General Hideki Tojo, who was executed as Japan's top war criminal in 1948. she insists the man who ordered the Pearl Harbor attack led a "war of freedom" in Asia. "Essentially he was a kind man who loved peace," she said. "He was defending his country against foreign aggressors. His greatest crime was that he loved his country."
Nazis gassed a member of Adolf Hitler's own family
A member of Adolf Hitler's own family was one of those killed in the Nazi campaign to wipe out the mentally ill, according to two historians. The woman, named as "Aloisia V", was the great grandchild of Hitler's great aunt - his second cousin, once removed. She was gassed to death on 6 December 1940, at a mental institution in Austria, historian Timothy Ryback said. Medical files show she suffered from schizophrenia, depression, delusions and other mental problems.
Prince Harry dressed as a member of Rommel's Afrika Korps
Prince Harry was pictured in Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party. The photograph showed the Prince of Wales's youngest son enjoying a drink and a cigarette while dressed as a member of Rommel's Afrika Korps, complete with a prominent swastika armband. Prince Harry's uniform, which included a German Wehrmacht or defence force badge, attracted a lot of notice.
Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun (Article no longer available from the original source)
[Link no longer active, and we cannot find this story from our archive] -- A charity partly run by Heinrich Himmler's daughter to help ex-SS veterans is rallying support for a former concentration camp guard who faces prosecution for war crimes. The group Stille Hilfe (Quiet Aid) supports former high-ranking Nazis, and in the past it has helped some of the Third Reich's most prominent officers, including Klaus Barbie and Erich Priebke. Gudrun Burwitz daughter of Adolf Hitler's leading henchman, does not deny that she is currently involved with Stille Hilfe.
American kin of Hitler made pact not to have children
The American relatives of Adolf Hitler entered into a pact to end the family bloodline by not having children. Investigation of the Hitler clan has revealed that the nephew of the dictator grew up in England and later moved to the US. The nephew, William Patrick Hitler, is long dead but his 3 sons live with their mother in Long Island, according to a report. The publicity-shy sons, who have dropped the Hitler surname, were well aware of the infamy of their bloodline. "They talked among themselves about the burden they've had in the background of their lives, and decided that none of them would marry, none of them would have children," said David Gardner.
Stalin's brutal massacre at Katyn shamed his PoW son into suicide
The truth behind the death of Stalin's son, Yakov Dzhugashvili, in a nazi camp has been unravelled. "It is clear that Yakov, who had become close friends with the Poles and had made two escape attempts with them, was so distraught... with the news of his father's massacre of the Polish officers, that he took his life. Driven to despair by the horrific conditions... the news that his father had sanctioned the Poles' murder was the final straw." The SS report indicated that Yakov died after he was shot by a guard, but it was a fictional account to impress Heinrich Himmler. "The guard shot Yakov, but he fired the bullets into already dead body."
The last of the Hitlers - Hitler relatives 1998 (Article no longer available from the original source)
He was a man who called the most detested dictator of our times "Uncle Adolf" - until William Patrick, Hitler's British-born half-nephew, fled from Europe and, as a fervent anti-Nazi, sought to hide the shame of his name. He disappeared from history. Scores of academics have tried unsuccessfully to track him down. Now, after half a century, the Sunday Times can end the mystery and disclose an even more fascinating story. That, incredibly, the last of the Hitler line are alive and well and living in obscurity in the eastern US. They are the sons of William Patrick and their names are Alex, Louis and Brian.
Wolf Rüdiger Hess - Son of Rudolf Hess
An outspoken critic of the investigation of his father's 1987 death, he maintained to his dying day that the British SAS murdered his father to prevent his parole. Unlike the children of many other important Nazis, Wolf Hess was an unapologetic Nazi and fervent believer in Adolf Hitler. His father's long (solitary) imprisonment deeply embittered him, and he was further angered by what he thought was a cover-up. He left behind a widow (Andrea Hess) and a son (Wolf Andreas Hess).
Martin Adolf Bormann - The godson of Adolf Hitler
Martin Adolf Bormann is the eldest of 10 children of Martin Bormann. Nicknamed 'Kronzi', or 'Crown Prince', he was an ardent young Nazi, attending the Party Academy in Bavaria. In 1947 he became a Roman Catholic and in 1953 entered the priesthood, serving in the Congo for many years. Asking for reassignment to South America, Bormann's request was denied. Disaffected, he resigned the priesthood, and following a near-fatal injury in 1969 was nursed back to health by a nun, who then also renounced her vows. They were married in 1971. He became a teacher of theology and retired in 1992. He toured schools speaking about the horrors of the Third Reich.