Alois Hitler, Jr.
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|Alois Hitler, Jr.|
13 January 1882|
Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
|Died||20 May 1956
Hamburg, West Germany
|Children||William Patrick Hitler
|Relatives||Adolf Hitler (half-brother)
Angela Hitler (sister)
Gustav Hitler (half-brother)
Ida Hitler (half-sister)
Edmund Hitler (half-brother)
Paula Hitler (half-sister)
On 13 January 1882, Franziska Matzelsberger gave birth to Alois Hitler's illegitimate son, also named Alois, but since they were not married, the child's last name was Matzelsberger, making him "Alois Matzelsberger". Hitler kept Matzelsberger as his wife while his lawful wife (Anna Glasl-Hörer) grew sicker and died on 6 April 1883. The next month, on 22 May at a ceremony in Braunau with fellow custom officials as witnesses, Hitler, 45, married Matzelsberger, 21. He then legitimized his son as Alois Hitler, Jr. Alois Jr. was soon joined by a sister, Angela. When he was two years old his mother died and his father married Klara Pölzl, with whom he had a long-standing affair while also cheating on his first wife with Franziska.
According to his son, William Patrick Hitler, in late 1890s, Alois left the parental home 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 June 3, 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 was born in 1911. The family lived in a flat at 102 Upper Stanhope Street. The house was destroyed in the last German air-raid on Liverpool on January 10, 1942. Nothing remains of the house or those that surrounded it, and the area was eventually cleared and grassed over.
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.
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 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.
On the 1911 census of the United Kingdom, Alois is using the name Anton Hitler, working as a waiter at the Jewish-run Lyons cafe in Toxteth Park. His wife, Bridget, was using the name Cissie, but William's name remained unchanged. They were boarding with other families in a shared building.
- "The Mind of Adolf Hitler",Walter C. Langer, New York 1972 p.116
- "Hitler As He Knows Himself", report by Walter Langer for the OSS
- "The Mind of Adolf Hitler",Walter C. Langer, New York 1972 p.118
- Hitler: His Irish Relatives, by Tony McCarthy in Irish Roots magazine. Retrieved: 2010-10-22.
- http://genesreunited.com/records.page/transcription/e1911household/22635183?searchhistorykey=807501&surname=hitler&forename=anton (subscription required)[unreliable source?]
- Langer, Walter C. The Mind of Adolf Hitler. Basic Books Inc., New York, (1972) ISBN 0-465-04620-7 ASIN: B000CRPF1K
- Hitler: His Irish Relatives from Irish Roots magazine.
- Mike Royden: "Adolf Hitler – did he visit Liverpool during 1912–13?"