Not only was he (allegedly) down one in the nut department, genetic tests now indicate that Hitler’s ancestry may not quite have been as replete with “Ubermensch” as he would have liked.
According to the Telegraph Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, took saliva samples from Hitler’s surviving relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.
A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.
It is not the first time that historians have suggested Hitler had Jewish ancestry. His father, Alois, is thought to have been the illegitimate offspring of a maid called Maria Schickelgruber and a 19-year-old Jewish man called Frankenberger.
Well there you have it...