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Old 05-21-2012, 04:05 AM
terentii terentii is offline
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Originally Posted by NUFCToon View Post
But let's go by ancestry, there is no doubting Johann Georg was his grandfather, all the others are rumours and conspiracies.
The preponderance of evidence, meagre though it is, indicates that Johann Georg's brother Johann Nepomuk, who took in Alois and raised him as one of his own (and later left him a legacy following the death of his wife and Alois's adoption of the family name), was Adolf's real grandfather. Johann Georg may have married Maria Anna Schicklgruber and claimed paternity just to spare his brother some domestic strife (and be made comfortable for the rest of his life).

In Mein Kampf, inaccurate as it is in some places, Adolf describes his grandfather as "a poor, small cottager." This would apply more to Nepomuk than Georg, who was a journeyman miller.

As for mental or physical defects running in the family, the region of Austria in which they lived was well-known for incest and illegitimacy in the 19th century. Inbreeding could hardly have been uncommon.

Last edited by terentii; 05-21-2012 at 04:06 AM.


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