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- Lid geworden op: 21 sep 2003, 01:50
Nazi-leider Adolf Hitler heeft het in zijn jeugd moeilijk gehad, zo meldt vandaag de Britse krant The Guardian. Het dagblad baseert zich op nieuw wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Dat onderzoek is afkomstig van de historici Timothy Ryback en Florian Beierl. Zij traceerden de dagboeken van Paula Hitler, de zus van Adolf.
Wetenschapppelijk onderzoek heeft aangetoond dat de dagboeken van Paula Hitler echt zijn. Ze begon ze te schrijven toen ze zelf 8 jaar was, haar broer was toen 15. In de boeken staat onder meer te lezen dat Adolfs vader Alois hem geregeld een pak slaag gaf. Op een keer werd de kleine Adolf zo afgeranseld op zolder dat zijn moeder tussenbeide kwam en de klappen van zijn vader met haar eigen lichaam opving
Beierl: ''Dit is een beeld van een totaal dysfunctioneel gezin dat het publiek niet eerder heeft gezien. De terreur van het Derde Rijk werd gecultiveerd in Hitlers eigen huis.'' De Duitse tv-zender ZDF zendt volgende week een documentaire uit over het materiaal uit de dagboeken.
Bron: ANP / Guardian / FOK!
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- Lid geworden op: 21 sep 2003, 01:50
Het originele artikel uit de Guardian:
Journal reveals Hitler's dysfunctional family
Beaten by his father, the future dictator used to bully his sister
Krysia Diver in Stuttgart
Thursday August 4, 2005
Two historians yesterday acclaimed the discovery in Germany of a journal written by Adolf Hitler's sister, saying it offers remarkable insights into the dysfunctional nature of the Führer's family.
Paula Hitler's journal, unearthed at an undisclosed location in Germany, reveals that her brother was a bully in his teens, and would beat her.
Recounting the earliest memories of her childhood, when she was around eight and Adolf was 15, Paula wrote: "Once again I feel my brother's loose hand across my face."
The typewritten journal is among an assortment of documents which have been disclosed by historians Timothy Ryback and Florian Beierl.
Dr Ryback is the head of Germany's Obersalzberg Institute of Contemporary History, which is dedicated to research into Hitler, while Mr Beierl has written several books about the Nazi party leader and Third Reich chancellor.
They said that scientific tests had verified the documents' authenticity.
Other insights include the revelation that Paula, always thought of as the innocent bystander of the Hitler family, was engaged to one of the Holocaust's most notorious euthanasia doctors. Dr Ryback told the Guardian: "This is the first time that we have been able to get an insight into the Hitler family from a very young age.
"Adolf was the older brother and father figure. He was very strict with Paula and slapped her around. But she justified it in a starry-eyed way, because she believed it was for the good of her education."
The two historians have also located a joint memoir by Hitler's half-brother, Alois, and half-sister, Angela.
One excerpt describes the violence exercised by Hitler's father, also called Alois, and how Adolf's mother tried to protect her son from regular beatings.
"Fearing that the father could no longer control himself in his unbridled rage, she [Adolf's mother] decides to put an end to the beating.
"She goes up to the attic, covers Adolf who is lying on the floor, but cannot deflect the father's final blow. Without a sound she absorbs it."
Mr Beierl said: "This is a picture of a completely dysfunctional family that the public has never seen before.
"The terror of the Third Reich was cultivated in Hitler's own home."
Mr Beierl's research also led him to Russian interrogation papers, which exposed the fact that Paula Hitler was engaged to Erwin Jekelius, responsible for gassing 4,000 people during the war.
Mr Beierl said: "Until this point, Paula Hitler had a clean slate. But the portrayal of her being a poor little creature has suddenly shifted.
"In my opinion, the fact that she was due to marry one of Austria's worst criminals means that she was also connected with death, horror and gas chambers."
And Dr Ryback added: "To me, discovering that Paula was going to marry Jekelius is one of the most astonishing revelations of my career.
"She bought into the whole thing - hook, line and sinker."
Paula, who later lived under the pseudonym Wolf, did not marry Jekelius, as the wedding was forbidden by her brother.
Dr Ryback said: "It was like a scene from Monty Python. Jekelius goes to Berlin to ask Hitler for his sister's hand; he is met by the Gestapo, shipped off to the Eastern front, and snapped up by the Russians."
Other eye-opening documents that shed light on the Hitler household include a family account book.
One entry mentions a loan of 900 Austrian crowns given to Hitler in the spring of 1908, enough for the teenager to live on for one year, and dispels the myth that he existed as a "starving artist" when in Vienna.
The historians were asked to carry out their extensive research almost six years ago for the German television station ZDF. Their findings, due to be broadcast in a 45-minute documentary in Germany next week, also include interviews with two of Hitler's relatives.
Dr Ryback said: "This is the first time that these people have spoken publicly about living under the shadow of Hitler. They do not romanticise their past. They are very humble and have suffered their whole lives under the curse of Adolf.
"It is an incredible closing of a loop: Hitler came from a family of poor farmers. After he rose and fell as a dictator, his family today is back where they started."
Hitler's relatives requested to remain anonymous in the documentary and their faces are digitally altered
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- Lid geworden op: 22 jun 2005, 20:49
Ik zie niet zo in waarom hij een moeilijke jeugd had (volgens bericht 1) enorme pakken slaag krijgen lijkt me namelijk typisch voor vroeger
Trouwens, er word altijd wel een rede gezocht voor hitlers maffe ideeen.