Adolf Hitler was married less than 40 hours before his his suicide 76 years ago today, on April 30 1945.
Undercover in a bunker in Berlin, Hitler married actress Eva Braun – but she also died from suicide and they didn’t start a family.
There was a French woman who claimed her son Jean-Marie Loret was Hitler’s child.
According to Charlotte Lobjoie, Loret’s mother, she and the dictator had an affair when she was only 16 years old, and he was a German soldier.
Despite these claims, it is believed both Hitler and his sister Paula died childless.
Several historians such as Anton Joachimsthaler and Sir Ian Kershaw have said it is impossible to prove his father was Hitler.
However, historians do believe that although Hitler didn’t have any children of his own, his blood line has carried on.
Hitler’s father Alois had been married twice before he got together with his mother Klara.
Alois and his first wife Anna had no children, but he and second wife Franni had two children – Alois Jr and Angela.
Alois Jr changed his name after World War 2, and had two children – William and Heinrich.
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Alois and his third wife Klara had six children together – half of which died before the age of two.
Only Adolf and his youngest sister Paula survived into adulthood – but she had no children.
From his father’s previous marriage, Hitler had two half siblings who both married and had children.
Angela married Leo Raubal and had three children – Leo, Geli and Elfriede.
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Geli committed suicide without having a child, while Leo and Elfriede both married and had children.
Leo had a boy called Peter, and Elfriede had a boy called Heiner.
However, according to Business Insider, Hitler now only has three surviving family members.
They are brothers Alexander, Louis, and Brian Stuart-Houston, who live on Long Island, in the US.
Adolf was the uncle of their father, William.
British journalist David Gardner claimed in 2002 that the Stuart-Houston brothers, who are directly descended from Hitler’s half brother Alois Jr, said the family line would die off with them.
However, Alexander Stuart-Houston, Hitler’s great-nephew, denied the rumours that he and his two brothers, Brian and Louis, had promised to end the Hitler dynasty.
But he did concede it was possible his brothers may have made arrangements without his knowledge.
Speaking to Bild, he said: “Maybe my other two brothers did [make a pact], but I never did.”
Their fourth brother, Howard, was married to a woman called Marie but died in a car accident in 1989.
None of the brothers have had children.
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