Hitler created a public image of a celibate man without a domestic life, dedicated entirely to his political mission and the nation. He considered himself to be attractive to women, partly because of his position of power . Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer recalled him stating a preference for unintelligent women who would not challenge him about his work or prevent him from relaxing in his leisure time. Kershaw speculates that Hitler preferred younger women who were easy to dominate and mould. He notes that at least three of Hitler’s close female associates (Eva Braun, Geli Raubal, and Maria Reiter) were far younger than himself: Braun was 23 years younger, Raubal was 19 years younger, and Maria “Mitzi” Reiter was 21 years his junior.
Ernst ” Putzi” Hanfstaengl, one of the members of Hitler’s inner circle in the early years in Munich, wrote that “I felt Hitler was a case of a man who was neither fish, flesh nor fowl, neither fully homosexual nor fully heterosexual … I had formed the firm conviction that he was impotent, the repressed, masturbating type.” Nevertheless, Hanfstaengl was convinced enough of Hitler’s heterosexuality that he unsuccessfully tried to encourage a romantic relationship between Hitler and Martha Dodd,
the 32 years old daughter of the American ambassador. According to Hanfstaengl, filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
tried to begin a relationship with Hitler early on, but he turned her down. Magda Goebbel
invited Hitler to parties to encourage him to meet women, but he showed no interest. When pro-Nazi foreign women like Unity Mitford visited, Hitler usually lectured them about politics
Hitler was deeply attached to his half-niece Geli Raubal, 19 years his junior. She began living at his residence after her mother Angela Raubal became Hitler’s housekeeper in 1925. Although the exact nature and extent of their relationship is unknown, Kershaw describes it as a latent “sexual dependence”. It was rumored among contemporaries that they were in a romantic relationship. Geli committed suicide with Hitler’s gun in his Munich apartment in the Munich Prinzregentenplatz 16, second floor. in September 1931. Her death was a source of deep, lasting pain for Hitler.
Hitler’s regime persecuted homosexuals, sending an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 to concentration camps; some 2,500 to 7,500 of these died. Ernst Röhm
was his closest friend—the only person who called him “Adolf”]—but after the Night of the Long Knives (1934), Hitler described the homosexuality of Röhm, and SA Obergruppenführer and Adjudant von Ernst Röhm Edmund Heines and other SA leaders as corrupt and immoral. In August 1941, Hitler declared that “homosexuality is actually as infectious and as dangerous as the plague”, and supported Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler‘s
efforts to remove gay men from the military and the SS. Male homosexuality was illegal, and offenders were sent to prison or directly to concentration camps.
Hermann Rauschning who briefly joined the Nazis before breaking with them,.claimed to have seen in Hitler’s First World War military record an item concerning a court martial that found Hitler guilty of pederastic practices with an officer. Rauschning also claimed that in Munich Hitler was found guilty of a violation of Paragraph 175, which dealt with pederasty. No evidence of either of these two charges has been found