New York Daily News.com By David Harding Sun., Mar.01, 2020
Here’s a family secret — Adolf Hitler’s wife had Jewish ancestors.
Ground-breaking DNA tests almost 70 years after her death have revealed that Eva Braun (pic above) counted Ashkenazi Jews among her forebears.
The tests have been carried out by a British television program, according to The Independent.
Researchers bought locks of Hitler’s lover’s hair for over $1,500, which had previously been found on one of her hairbrushes.
Analysis revealed a sequence of DNA strongly associated with the Ashkenazis.
“I never dreamt that I would find such a potentially extraordinary and profound result,” said Mark Evans, who hosts the program “Dead Famous DNA” for Britain’s Channel 4.
Some 80% of the world’s Jews are Ashkenazis. Many in central Europe in the nineteenth century converted to Catholicism.
Braun was brought up as a Catholic. Some six million Ashkenazi Jews were killed during the Holocaust.
Despite checks on her background by Hitler, the tyrant would not have been able to find out about her ancestry.
The hair was taken from a brush retrieved by a U.S. soldier who was posted to Hitler’s Bavarian retreat, Berghof, at the end of the war.
Braun fell in love with Hitler when she was just a teenager and despite him being 23 years older. They both committed suicide at the end of the war as the Allies and Soviets approached Berlin in 1945.