Raubal, Leo Rudolf.

Back to all people

- Medals

Raubal, Leo Rudolf.
austriaLuftwaffeHitler’s confidants

Raubal, Leo Rudolf Jr. was the son of Leo Raubal Sr. and his wife Angela Raubal, Adolf’s half-sister. Raubal Jr. worked in Salzburg as a teacher of chemistry. He visited his mother sporadically while she was living in Berchtesgaden.doing the household for Adolf Hitler 


Like his younger cousin Heinz Hitler  but unlike cousin, Leo Raubal was a “favorite nephew of the leader”, and Hitler liked to spend his time with him, however, according to William Patrick Hitler  Leo did not like his uncle Adolf and blamed the latter for the death of his sister Geli Raubal.   This, however, cannot be confirmed, with Leo saying in 1967 that Hitler was “absolutely innocent”, according to historian Werner Maser.

Before the war, he became a manager of the Linz Steelworks. In October 1939, he was drafted into the Luftwaffe  and was a Leutnant in the engineering corps. He looked similar to Adolf Hitler and sometimes served as Hitler’s double during the war.

Leo, a look a like of his uncle Adolf,

         was injured in January 1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad, and Friedrich von Paulus   asked Hitler for a plane to evacuate Raubal to Germany. Hitler refused and Raubal was captured by the Soviets on 31-01-1943.

Hitler gave orders to examine the possibility of a prisoner exchange with the Soviets for Stalin’s son Yakov Dzhugashvili,     who had been captured by the Germans on 16-07-1941. Josef Stalin  refused to exchange him either for Raubal or for Friedrich von Paulus, and said “war is war.”

Death and burial ground of Raubal, Leo Rudolf.


Raubal was detained in Moscow’s jails and was released by the Soviets on 28-09-1955, and returned to Austria. He lived and worked in Linz as a teacher. He died during a vacation in Spain of tuberculosis. He was buried on 07-09-1977 in the grave of his parents on the St Barbara cemetery in Linz. Leo Raubal Jr. had a son Peter (born in 1931)  who is along with Elfriede’s

  (Leo Jr.’s sister) son, Heiner Hochegger, and William Patrick Hitler’s three sons (Alexander, Louis, and Brian Stuart-Houston)  the closest living relative to Adolf Hitler. Peter Raubal  is a retired engineer who lives in Linz, Austria. So far they have no children and, as stated, and they have a  pact,to intend  never to have children.


Share on :