Leo Rudolf Raubal, Jr.
|Born||Leo Rudolf Raubal
October 12, 1906
Linz, Austro-Hungarian Empire
|Died||August 18, 1977
|Parents||Leo and Angela Raubal|
|Relatives||Adolf Hitler (uncle)
Geli Raubal (sister)
Elfriede Hochegger (sister)
Leo Raubal Jr. worked in Salzburg as a teacher of chemistry. He visited his mother sporadically while she was living in Berchtesgaden. According to William Patrick Hitler, Leo did not like his uncle Adolf and he blamed him for the death of his sister Geli. This cannot be confirmed because (according to historian Werner Maser) Leo said in 1967 that Hitler was "absolutely innocent." Leo Raubal was, just like his younger cousin, Heinz Hitler, but unlike William Patrick Hitler, a "favorite nephew of the leader," and Hitler liked to spend his time with him.
Before the war he became a manager of the Linz Steelworks. In October 1939, he was drafted into the Luftwaffe and was a lieutenant in the engineering corps. He looked similar to Adolf Hitler and sometimes served as Hitler's double during the war.
He was injured in January 1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad, and Friedrich Paulus asked Hitler for a plane to evacuate Raubal to Germany. Hitler refused and Raubal was captured by the Soviets on 31 January 1943. Hitler gave orders to check out the possibility of a prisoner exchange with the Soviets for Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili, who was in German captivity since 16 July 1941. Stalin, who was not very fond of Yakov, refused to exchange him either for Raubal or for Friedrich Paulus, and said "war is war."
Raubal was detained in Moscow's jails and was released by the Soviets on 28 September 1955, and returned to Austria. He lived and worked in Linz as a teacher. He died during a vacation in Spain. He was buried on 7 September 1977 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) the closest living relative to Adolf Hitler. Peter Raubal is a retired engineer who lives in Linz, Austria.
- Werner Maser, Werner (1972). Adolf Hitler. Bechtle. p. 23. ISBN 0-252-00897-9.
- Mitchell, Otis C. (2008). Hitler's stormtroopers and the attack on the German Republic, 1919-1933. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 30. ISBN 0-7864-3912-2.
- Deighton, Len (1987). Winter: a novel of a Berlin family. New York: Knopf. p. 464. ISBN 0-394-55177-X.
- Hauner, Milan (1983). Hitler: a chronology of his life and time. London: Macmillan. p. 181. ISBN 0-333-30983-9.
- Elliott, Mark R. (1982). Pawns of Yalta: Soviet refugees and America's role in their repatriation. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. p. 185. ISBN 0-252-00897-9.
- Beevor, Antony (2012). The Second World War. Great Britain: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
- Bailey, Ronald Albert (1981). Prisoners of war. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books. p. 123. ISBN 0-8094-3391-5.
- Tolstoy, Nikolai (1978). The secret betrayal. New York: Scribner. p. 296. ISBN 0-684-15635-0.
- Werner Maser: Adolf Hitler. Mythos, Legende, Wirklichkeit, Bechtle, Munich 200118; ISBN 3-7628-0521-0
- Werner Maser: Fälschung, Dichtung und Wahrheit über Hitler und Stalin, Olzog, 2004, ISBN 3-7892-8134-4, page 272
- Joachimsthaler, Anton. Hitlers Liste: Ein Dokument Personlicher Beziehungen. Herbig. p. 270. ISBN 3-7766-2328-4.
- Walter Mayr: SERIE - TEIL 10 HITLERS FRÜHE JAHRE - DER FÜHRER, MEIN ONKEL, Der Spiegel Nr. 28/2001 - 9 July 2001, page 142
- Marc Vermeeren: De jeugd van Adolf Hitler 1889–1907 en zijn familie en voorouders, Uitgeverij Aspekt, Soesterberg 2007, ISBN 90-5911-606-2
- Oliver Halmburger, Thomas Staehler: Familie Hitler. Im Schatten des Diktators, Oliver Halmburger Loopfilm GmbH, Munich, and ZDF-History, Mainz 2005 (film), DVD, ASIN B000U6SOKW
- Zdral, Wolfgang (2005). Die Hitlers. Campus Verlag GmbH. p. 237. ISBN 3-593-37457-9.
- Personal information from prof. Dr. Werner Maser (via German Wikipedia)