William Hitler: Hitler’s nephew who fought in the United States Navy and against his uncle in World War II

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Perhaps the surname “Hitler” became the most well-known and hated surname during World War II, so imagine if you were the guy living in the United States when it started a world war and that you have the same last name. So imagine that you are also the nephew of Adolf Hiter.

Who was this Hitler

This is William Patrick Hitler, born March 12, 1911 in Toxteth, Liverpool.

And how was he related to his uncle Adolf?

William was the son of Adolf’s half-brother named Alois Hitler Jr., who met his Irish wife named Bridget Dowling in Dublin. When he was 3 years old, Alois returned to Germany and left William in the care of his mother. By the time William was 18, his father had requested that he be sent to Germany, which his mother had agreed to. He discovered that his father had another son named Heinz, who would later join their uncle’s party and become a full Nazi.

“There was dandruff on his coat.”

William had no intention of living in the United States of America, nor did he initially think of joining the US Navy. What he originally wanted was to benefit from the growing power of his uncle Adolf as Chancellor when he was in Germany. He kept asking her to find him a better job than the one he had been offered at the Reichskreditbank in Berlin. To get what he wanted, he threatened Adolf with selling their embarrassing family stories to the press. In 1938, Uncle Adolf was finished being bothered and blackmailed by his nephew. He told William he had to give up his British citizenship if he wanted a better job. William felt it was a trap, enjoying some diplomatic protection from arrest by the Gestapo, so he fled to London instead, leaving Uncle Hitler one last threat; That he would tell people that Adolf’s paternal grandfather was actually Jewish.

In retaliation, he wrote an article for Look Magazine titled “why i hate my uncle.” Here is one of the reasons he gave:

Being very close to my father at the time, he (Adolf Hitler) dedicated this photo to me. We had cakes and whipped cream, Hitler’s favorite dessert. I was struck by her intensity, her feminine gestures. There was dandruff on his coat.

Fairly reasonable, if you ask me.

“Why I Hate My Uncle” by William Hitler, 1939. (Look magazine, 1939/Boingboing.net)

Pleading his way into the Navy

In January 1939, American newspaper publisher William Random Hearst brought William and his mother to the United States on a lecture tour to share his knowledge of his uncle as propaganda in the run-up to US entry. United in World War II. At the time, there was considerable isolationist sentiment in the country that did not want the United States involved in another war in Europe. When World War II broke out, there was no real need for lectures on Hitler’s gravity and Hearst News dropped it. William tried to join the army, but he was not accepted because of his last name. Surprisingly from a propaganda standpoint, having members of Hitler’s family fighting for the Allies would be a coup.

William Hitler
William Hitler. (US Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute)/Twitter)

William did not give up and pleaded with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his letterhe wrote:

“Everyone in today’s world must answer to himself what cause he will serve. To liberate people from a deep religious feeling, there can only be one answer and one choice that will sustain them always and until to the bitter end.

I am one of many, but I can render service to this great cause, and I have a life to give so that it may, with everyone’s help, triumph in the end.

All my relatives and friends will soon be marching for freedom and decency under the stars and stripes. For this reason, Mr. President, I respectfully submit this petition to you asking if I may be allowed to join them in their fight against tyranny and oppression? »

In 1944, the president approved his request, and Bill Hilter was drafted into the United States Navy, where he served as a pharmacist journeyman. He also earned a Purple Heart and was discharged in 1947. Our country is somewhat lucky that Hitler did not earn a Medal of Honor during his service since the Navy names frigates after Medal winners. honor. Imagine the USS Hitler frigate calling at Haifa Israel?

Later, William changed his last name to Stuart-Houston as a civilian, which was an understandable move. He married and had four sons. Stuart-Houston died on July 14, 1987.

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