1 Schwarzwäller, Wulf. The Unknown Hitler: His Private Life & Fortune. Stoddart Publishing Company,
Toronto, Ontario, 1989, p. 10.
Adolf Hitler: The Early Years
Hitler’s parents are believed to have come from the Waldviertel (“the wooded quarter”), northwest
of Vienna, in the woods and hills in Lower Austria, between the Danube and the Bohemian
frontier. Among family members it is believed that there was Moravian blood in the family genes.
Most historians believe that the name Hitler was possibly from the Czech names “Hidlar” or
ck.” Different versions of these names are known to have appeared in the Waldviertel
since the 15th century and changed to other variants like Hydler to Hytler to Hidler. One of the
major problems with tracking down the different variations on the Hitler name is that there is not
much known about the different dialects spoken in the area at this time, making it very hard to
track down the origins of this name. In the mid-1600's a direct ancestor of Adolf’s on his
mother’s side was named Georg Hiedler. Other ancestors, of Adolf’s spelled their name, “Hüttler”
and “Hitler.” Also, the name Hitler was common among Jews from eastern Europe. There is a
Jewish grave in Romania’s capital Bucharest, with the name “Adolf Hittler. According the grave
stone this Hittler was born in 1832 and died in 1892. In the fall 1933, British reporters, in the
employment of the Daily Mirror, wrote an article claiming that the Jewish person buried here was
Adolf Hitler’s grandfather. One serious flaw in this piece was Hittler was just five years older then
Adolf’s father Alois. This type of reporting started the rumor mill that Adolf was part Jewish.
Simon Wiesenthal once reported that an Abraham Hitler from Sosnowiec, Poland changed his
name around 1933 after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.1 Eastern Europe has many
Jews with the name Hitler or very similar variations of the name. Spelling your last name around
this time was not all that important.
Adolf’s father A