Leo Rudolf Raubal, Jr.
|Born||Leo Rudolf Raubal
October 12, 1906
Linz, Austro-Hungarian Empire
|Died||August 18, 1977
|Parent(s)||Leo and Angela Raubal|
|Relatives||Adolf Hitler (uncle)
Geli Raubal (sister)
Elfriede Hochegger (sister)
Like his younger cousin Heinz Hitler but unlike cousin William Patrick Hitler, 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. 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 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 the Germans captured on 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."
Detention in the Soviet Union
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.
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