Paula Hitler

Paula Hitler ( Hafeld , Austria ; 21 as January as 1896 – 1 as June as 1960 ) was the younger sister of German dictator Adolf Hitler . She and her brother were the only ones who came of age, the six children of Klara Pölzl and Alois Hitler . He passed away at the age of 64.


Paula Hitler was born in Hafeld , Austria in 1896. She never married or had children. His father was 60 at the time of his birth and died when Paula was 6 years old. Her father, Alois, came from Waldviertel in lower Austria, Paula did not know any of her father’s family members, but she did relate to her mother’s relatives.

Paula’s mother was Klara Pölzl, who also came from Waldviertel and was daughter of farmers of Spital , where he was born on December of August of 1860 . The death of the mother in 1907 was a climactic moment for the life and relationship of the Hitler brothers, since from that moment Adolf Hitler would never return to the family home, and for a long time he would stop seeing his sister Paula.

Paula Hitler recounted after the war that because she was much younger than her brother Adolf, she was never taken into account by him as a companion for her children’s games, especially since Adolf played games like cops and thieves in the Who used to play the role of leader.

The years of youth and the relation with its brother

Since Adolf Hitler left his mother’s house in 1908 , he did not see him again until 1921 , when he found that he had no idea what had become of him in those years, not even after World War I World . He asked his brother for the fact that his affective situation and economic subsistence would have been easier for him if he had known that he still had a brother to help her, and Adolf Hitler replied that he had never had contact with her Because he had no way of assisting her financially, and that in his times of vagabond, he did not want to mean a greater burden, reminding him that, nevertheless, he had donated half the pension of fifty crowns – that as a son, Of her father’s pension – so that Paula could continue her education.

In 1921 , Hitler went to meet her with the express purpose of seeing her, behaving in a charming way and even taking her shopping: “… every woman likes to be taken shopping …” Paula stated. Despite the reunion he did not continue to see Hitler regularly.

About a year after his 1921 visit, he returned to see him, going together to visit his parents’ grave near Linz . He returned to see him again in Munich in 1923 , time before the Putsch of the Brewery; On this occasion, Paula did not notice that political activities had caused Hitler a change in his habitual way of being.

He again visited Hitler’s apartment at Dirsch Strasse in Munich, during which time he had no contact with people in the political circle of Hitler or the Nazi party, except for Franz Xavier Schwarz , who was then the Treasurer of the party. The next opportunity to see Hitler, during the commemoration of the day of the founding of the Nazi Party in Nuremberg , Paula was present, but not as “Hitler’s sister” but as any other assistant, And even purchased your ticket normally. This shows that Adolf Hitler never demonstrated a deep sense of family affection, possibly inheritance from the character of his father Alois Hitler, even that Adolf Hitler never bothered to know or to alternate with the familiar relations of his paternal line, and that with the unique Who dealt with the relatives of his maternal branch, as well as Paula, since all his life had only been related to relatives of the maternal line, especially with the families Schmied and Koppenstin .

Paula used to write to Adolf Hitler for his birthday, wrote him a letter of salutation, to which Hitler responded with a short note of gratitude, accompanying her with a package containing some of the things he himself had received from others Like present for his birthday, namely, articles like Spanish ham , candies , biscuits , confectionery , etc. [ Citation needed ]

He had no fluent treatment with his half-sister Mrs. Angela Hamitzon , since he lived married and with children in Dresden , meeting with her years later on arrival at the Hotel Berchtesgadener Hof a few days before the arrival of the American soldiers to that place.

During the political activity of Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg, Paula visited him at the Hotel Deutscher Hof . Hitler rarely sent him correspondence, and when he did, he only wrote a few words and very precise.

Paula had contact with Hitler once a year from 1929 to 1941, sometimes in Vienna , sometimes in Berlin . From 1941 onwards, Paula never had personal contact with Adolf Hitler again.

Hitler suggested to Paula that he change his name during the Olympics in Garmisch, explaining that he wanted Paula to remain strictly incognito under the surname “Wolff” (wolf in German), which if he wanted, to keep his name. It was his idea (of Paula) and not of Hitler, to add the qualifier “Frau” (Lady), as if his new name Wolf was the product of his marriage, which made the situation less suspicious of former acquaintances. Thus, his passport was issued as “Paula Wolf”, but with a wrong date of birth, since he appeared as born on November 12, 1896 when he was actually born in January of that year.

Prior to this change of name, due to becoming known his family bond with Adolf Hitler had been dismissed from his post in an insurance company based in the city of Vienna, Paying Hitler from his pocket from that moment and until the day of the “Anschluss” (Annexation of Austria to Germany) to Paula the sum of 250 marks monthly for his subsistence. Years later Paula continued to play in various unimportant occupations but under the false surname “Wolff” ie as “Frau Paula Wolff”.

On one occasion he was able to meet Eva Braun personally but he had no relation to her and his brother Adolf never spoke to him about the tenor of his relationship with Eva Braun. Neither Paula Hitler was affiliated or militant of the Nazi party , recognizing that neither the politics nor the ideas of its brother motivated to affiliate to the Nazi Party and that neither was the desire of its brother, and that of having been the case, she was Would have affiliated to please him.

Paula was able to continue working in Austria , under the false name Wolff, and in spite of it Hitler did not stop attending its economic situation, from 1938 doubled the contribution that paid him of 250 to 500 marks monthly and in the Christmas of each year He added a sum of 3,000 marks. All these contributions were paid by Hitler from his own pocket and deposited in a bank in the name of Paula until the day of Hitler’s death.

In the last years of the Nazi regime, Paula worked as a secretary in a hospital known to Hitler, expressing her complete agreement with this job and especially with the fact that she would have succeeded in her own efforts. Later Paula left this work for health reasons living the last days of the war in the locality of Berchtesgaden in the hotel Berchtesgaden Hof, until the arrival of the American soldiers, who retained it a long time, interrogating it several times. With the financial help of her brother Adolf Hitler, Paula acquired between 1941 and 1942 a small house in Weitten, Wachau, an old villa that Paula restored without the help of any architect; This house was later expropriated by the Russians at the time of the occupation. Paula also owned a small two room apartment in Vienna, occupied by the Americans. Both properties were never returned; The same thing happened with his personal savings deposited in the bank. Since he was not a member of the Nazi party and did not perform political tasks, he must be outside the general plan of denazification driven by the Allies in divided Germany. For this reason, Paula had to live from the charity of her friends.

After Paula was released by the US Army intelligence service, she returned to Vienna to work in an art and craft shop. In December 1952 she moved to Berchtesgaden, where she lived in a two-room apartment and then moved to Hamburg, where she died on June 1, 1960. Paula was buried in Bergfriedhof (Berchtesgaden).

In the final part of his first testimony before the American troops it can be read that referring to his brother Adolf Hitler, Paula said: “… I must honestly confess that I would have preferred him to follow his original ambition and become an architect. “… My brother’s final destiny affected me a lot … He was my brother, no matter what happened … His end brought me an indescribable sadness as a sister …” (at this point in his statement, Miss Hitler burst into tears and the interrogation ended) as the interrogation officer pointed out.