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‘Non-Aryan’ surprises found in Hitler’s family tree

LONDON (WJC)–Nazi leader Adolf Hitler possibly had Jewish as well as African ancestors, according to a report by the British newspaper ‘Daily Express’, citing new DNA tests done in Belgium.

Samples taken from Hitler’s relatives link him to both the Jewish community and people from northern Africa. Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders said he had investigated Hitler’s DNA after managing to lay his hands on a serviette dropped by the dictator’s great-nephew Alexander Stuart-Houston in New York. He said he got a second sample from an Austrian cousin of Hitler, a farmer known as Norbert H., the report said.

The DNA tests revealed a form of the Y-chromosome that is rare in Germany and the rest of Western Europe, but common among Jewish and North African groups. Experts now think that Hitler had migrant ancestors who settled in his homeland. Mulders said both the test samples had a form of genetic material known as ‘Haplopgroup E1b1b’, proving an “irrefutable link” to the Nazi leader.

“It is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised,” Mulders was quoted as saying. The link to Hitler’s ‘migrant ancestors’ could go back anything from three to 20 generations, said experts.

Ronny Decorte, a professor of Forensic Genetics and Molecular Archeology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, told the ‘Daily Express’: “Hitler would not have been pleased about this. Race and blood was central in the world of the Nazis. Hitler’s concern over his descent was not unjustified. He was apparently not ‘pure’ or ‘Aryan’.”

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Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress

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  1. jorgekafkazar
    September 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    “Rare…most commonly…can postulate…” sound a bit less than certain. What is the range of error for this work? It’s not impossible for almost anyone in Germany to have “Jewish blood,” so-called, without knowing it. The Swedes invaded Germany in the 1600’s and burned many churches as they passed through, destroying birth and baptismal records. Afterwards, other than through religious practice, it became difficult to know who was a Jew and who wasn’t. Still, I’m skeptical of Hitler being “Jewish” in any way that matters. Some irony, perhaps, if true, but not much else.

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