- Hitler, born Matzelsberger, later Hiller, , Alois Jr.
Half brother of Adolf.
- 13-01-1882, Vienna.
- 20-05-1956, traffic accident, age 74.
Hamburg, Friedhof Ohlsdorf. Secret grave. Grave pictures from TV documentary.
Hitler, born Matzelsberger, later Hiller, , Alois Jr.
Alois Jr. was born while his father was still married to his first wife, Anna. After Anna died and his parents were married, Alois (see Hitler parents) was legitimised and his name was changed to Alois Hitler, Jr. He was soon joined by a sister, Angela. When he was two years old his mother died and his father married Klara Pölzl, a niece with whom he had a long-standing affair while also cheating on his first wife with Franziska. Alois left home at 14 due to increasingly violent arguments with his father and apparently strained relations with his stepmother Klara. After working as an apprentice waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, he was arrested for theft and served a five-month sentence in 1900, followed by an eight-month sentence in 1902. In 1909 he met an Irish woman by the name of Bridget Dowling at the Dublin Horse Show. They eloped to London and married on 03-06-1910. William Dowling, Bridget's father, threatened to have Alois arrested for kidnapping, but Bridget dissuaded him. The couple settled in Liverpool, where their son William Patrick Hitler (see William Patrick) was born in 1911. The family lived in a flat at 102 Upper Stanhope Street. Ironically, the house was destroyed in the last German air-raid on Liverpool on 10-01-1942. Nothing remains of the house or those that surrounded it, and the area was eventually cleared and grassed over. Bridget Dowling's memoirs claim Adolf Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) ( did you know) lived with them in Liverpool from 1912 to 1913 while he was on the run for dodging the draft in his native Austria-Hungary, but most historians dismiss this story as a fiction invented to make the book more appealing to publishers. Alois attempted to make money by running a small restaurant in Dale Street, a boarding house on Parliament Street and a hotel on Mount Pleasant, all of which failed. Finally, he left his family in May 1914 and he returned alone to the German Empire to establish himself in the safety-razor business. World War I broke out soon after, stranding Alois in Germany and making it impossible for his wife and son to join him. He married another woman, Hedwig Heidemann, or Hedwig Mickley), in 1916. After the war, a third party informed Bridget that he was dead. His ruse was discovered by the German authorities and Alois was prosecuted for bigamy in 1924, but acquitted due to Bridget's intervention on his behalf. William Patrick stayed with Alois and his new family during his early trips to Weimar Republic Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1934 Alois established a restaurant in Berlin which became a popular drinking hole for SA Stormtroopers. He managed to keep the restaurant open through the duration of World War II. At the end of the war he was arrested by the British but released when it became clear he had played no role in his brother's regime. His son from his second wife, Heinz Hitler, on 10-01-1942, was captured by Soviet forces and sent
o to the Moscow military prison Butyrka, where he died, aged 21, after several days of interrogation and torture. Unlike his half-brother William Patrick, Heinz was a devoted Nazi. Leo Rudolf Raubal Jr., William and Heinz’s cousin, fought in the Luftwaffe. (see Geli Raubal). Leo, like Heinz, was captured by the Russians but, unlike Heinz, was freed after the war. . Following the war Alois was briefly involved with a right wing political party. In the 1950s he made money signing photographs of his brother and selling them to tourists. Alois and Adolf Hitler were never close, apparently due to the former's resentment of his half-brother stemming from childhood . He is not mentioned in Hitler's Mein Kampf and they rarely, if ever, met after Hitler's rise to power. Alois is buried in a secret grave on the Ohldorfer cemetery of Hamburg, the administration doesn't give any information about the location. On the very large Ohlsdorfer cemetery in Hamburg, are also buried Hans Albers (see Albers) the actor, Hans Peter Knaust (see Knaust), a bridge too far, General Ernst Klasing (see Klasing) and there is a family grave of the Keitel family (see Keitel).