New evidence has emerged to support the controversial claim that Hitler had a son with a French teenager, the French magazine LePoint reported. . . Excerpts:
In 1981, the man, Jean-Marie Loret, claimed to be the Fuhrer's son when he published an autobiography called "Your Father's Name Was Hitler." He died four years later aged 67, not being able to prove his family line.
According to Loret, Adolf Hitler met his mother, 16-year-old Charlotte Lobjoie in France in 1917 while on leave from the German front in Picardy. Lobjoie recalled meeting the German soldier while she was cutting hay with other women.
“He had some kind of cardboard and seemed to be drawing. All of the women found this soldier interesting and wanted to know what he was drawing. They picked me to try to approach him,” she said, according to a HuffPost translation.
The relationship reportedly developed, and Hitler took Lobjoie out for long walks.
“On the rare occasions your father was there he loved to take me on walks trough the countryside. But these walks generally ended rather bad. Your father, inspired by nature, undertook a discourse I didn’t really understand much. He didn’t speak French, and spoke in German, addressing an imaginary audience.”
One night, the couple allegedly took things a bit further, and in March 1918, Jean-Marie was born. The boy was later adopted by the Loret family. His mother only revealed his father’s identity a few weeks before she died in the early fifties.
Loret's Paris lawyer, François Gibault, told the French magazine that a number of photographs and documents can now support the claim. He also revealed how Loret got to know about his parentage. The new evidence would include official Wehrmacht, or German Army, documents which show that officers brought envelopes of cash to Lobjoie during the German occupation of France.
Paintings signed "Adolf Hitler" were discovered in Miss Lobjoie's attic. In addition, a picture of a woman painted by Hitler "looked exactly like Loret's mother," wrote Le Point.
In view of the new findings, a revised version of Loret's book will be published, and the new evidence detailed. According to Gibault, Loret's children could claim royalties from Hitler's Mein Kampf.
The dominant view, as represented by historians such as Anton Joachimsthaler, Timothy Ryback, and Ian Kershaw, is that Hitler's paternity is unlikely or impossible.Ironically, Jean-Marie Loret in 1939 enlisted in the corps who fought in front of the Maginot Line. The following year, his unit led a violent battle against German troops in the Ardennes in 1940. During the Occupation he was even contacted by the network of Resistance CMO (civil and military organization) in which he carried the name "Clement".
The story is widely reviewed and much discussed. No solid and indisputable evidence one way or the other has surfaced as of this date.