This kind of thing seems like it just keeps happening. Last year you may recall this YouTube clip that went around where a self proclaimed White Supremacist gets back a DNA test indicating he’s 14% Black.
Well, now imagine that it’s Adolf Hitler in that seat and his wife Eva Braun’s DNA test just came back indicating *drum roll* she was descended from Ashkenazi Jews.
The Channel4 Show “Dead Famous DNA” made the discovery after sequencing the DNA of hair found on Eva Braun’s hairbrush. Scientists located a genome passed down from mother to daughter only in Ashkenazi Jewish populations.
Hitler and Braun were married in a private ceremony on April 29th, 1945 in a German bunker as the Allies began the final crush to an assault that would end World War II in the European theater. At the time Hitler believed his long time lover was pure Aryan stock and had even gone so far as to have her background investigated to make sure that this was the case. As the documentary points out, however, many Jews had converted to Catholicism over hundreds of years in Europe and it appears this part of Braun’s history slipped past Nazi investigators.
This, of course, is really the icing on the cake. Back in 2010, a DNA analysis of Hitler himself revealed that he may have had both Jewish and African heritage.
Writing in the Flemish-language magazine Knack, Mulders reported that the relatives’ most dominant haplogroup, known as E1b1b, is rare in Western Europeans but common among North Africans, and particularly the Berber tribes of Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia. It is also one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population, present in 18 to 20 percent of Ashkenazi Jews and 8.6 to 30 percent of Sephardic Jews. In other words, Hitler’s family tree may have included Jewish and African ancestors.