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Angela Hitler, was not Adolf’s favorite sister.

01-02-2018

Angela Hammitzsch, previously Angela Raubal,  born as Angela Hitler (Braunau am Inn, on  28-07-1883  was the older half-sister of Adolf Hitler.

Angela Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn (Austria), as the second child of Alois Hitler sr.  And his second wife Franziska Matzelsberger . When Angela was one year old, her mother died. Together with her brother Alois Hitler jr.  She was raised by her father and his third wife Klara Pölzl , the mother of Adolf and Paula Hitler Her half-brother Adolf Hitler    was six years younger than she and during their youth they often went together. As a single family member she is mentioned in Mein Kampf.

Her father died in 1903 and her stepmother died in 1907. Angela was in the meantime married to Leo Raubal , a tax inspector. In 1906 her first child, a son Leo,    was born. In 1908 they had a first daughter Geli and in 1910 their second daughter Elfriede  was born.  

Angela’s husband died on 10-08-1910. According to the profile of the OSS about the family of Hitler, Angela moved to Vienna. After the First World War she became the manager of Mensa Academia Judaica,  a house for Jewish students.

For more than ten years, Angela had no contact with Adolf, until he contacted her again in 1919.  In 1928 she moved together with her daughter Geli to Hitler’s country house the Berghof on the Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden,  where she became Adolf’s housekeeper. Later she led the household.

It is possible that Adolf Hitler has had a relationship with Angela’s daughter, Geli Raubal  Geli, who had several lovers, but looked up against her already famous uncle, was found dead in 1931 in the apartment of Hitler, with whom she lived  Prinzregentenplatz 16 second floor in Munich . Her opinions differ as to whether she was murdered or committed suicide. It is certain that the Bavarian Minister of Justice Franz Gürtner , who later gained the same position in Hitler’s government, opposed the investigation into the cause of death. No autopsy was performed. Gürtner died on 29-01-1941, age 59, in Berlin.

Angela was very much against Hitler’s relationship with Eva Braun . Some stories indicate that she has tried to warn Eva Braun of the dangers of having a relationship with Hitler. It is not clear what her motive was for. Eventually, Angela left Berchtesgaden   and  on 26-06-1936, the couple returned to Passau. When they visited the house at the Inn river, where Angela had lived as a child, they left an entry at the visitors’ book, and the local newspaper reported.

Hitler apparently disapproved of the marriage, and referred to his half-sister as “Frau Hammitzsch”. It seems, however, that Hitler re-established contact with her during World War II, because Angela remained his intermediary to the rest of the family with whom he did not want contact. In 1941, she sold her memoirs of her years with Hitler to the Eher-Verlag, which brought her 20,000 Reichsmark. In spring 1945 – after the destruction of Dresden in the massive bomb attack of February 13/14 – Adolf Hitler moved Angela again to Berchtesgaden to avoid her being captured by the Soviets. Also he lent her and his younger sister Paula over 100,000 Reichsmark. In Hitler’s Last Will and Testament, he guaranteed Angela a pension of 1,000 Reichsmark monthly. It is uncertain if she ever received any payments.

Adolf Hitler had broken all contacts with her and was not present when she married the architect Martin Hammitzsch   .He designed the famous Yenidze cigarette  factory in Dresden, and who later became the Director of the State School of Building Construction in Dresden. Hammitzsch born 22-05-1887, committed suicide on 12-05-1945, age 57, shortly after the German capitulation. Their marriage remained childless and  Angela Hitler died of a stroke in Hanover, age 66, on 30-10-1949.

Hitler apparently had a low opinion of both his sisters’ intelligence, calling them “stupid geese”. Nevertheless, she spoke very highly of him even after the war, and claimed that neither her brother nor she herself had known anything about the Holocaust.

Her son Leo had a son – Peter, born in 1931, a retired engineer who lives in Linz, Austria. Angela’s daughter Elfriede married German lawyer Dr. Ernst Hochegger on 27-06-1937 in Düsseldorf they had a son, Heiner Hochegger (born in January 1945)

Angela’s granddaughter, bearer of the same name, is still alive and took care of the grave of Adolf Hitler’s parents, but the grave stone is meanwhile removed.

  
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