The End of Hitler’s Family Line – The Pact Between the Sons of Hitler’s Nephew Never to Have Children

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Hitler in 1918

Today I found out the fate of the survival of Hitler’s bloodline rests in the hands of just five family members: the two sons (Peter Raubal and Heiner Hochegger) of Adolf Hitler’s half-sister Angela Hitler, and the three remaining sons (Alexander, Louis, and Brian Stuart-Houston) of Adolf’s half-brother Alois Hitler Jr.

During his life, Hitler strove for what he viewed as perfection. He was convinced that the Aryan race was the Master Race and therefore ordered the deaths of innocents in order to accelerate humanity towards this “perfection”. (It should be noted that while he took things to the extreme, many prominent people at the time were in favor of various forms of eugenics, including Winston Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, and Margaret Sanger, among others.  More on this in the Bonus Facts below.)

In any event, it’s ironical, then, that Hitler, the supposed pinnacle of “the master race”, should have his own bloodline soon to be stamped out intentionally, as undesirable.

Peter Raubal was born in 1931 which makes him 82 years old today. He is a retired engineer and seemingly does not have any plans to keep the family genes going. Heiner Hochegger was born in 1945, which makes him now 68. Fathering a child at this age is definitely not impossible but is it likely? If he hasn’t done it by now, I would not hold my breath.

So that leaves the Stuart-Houston brothers who range in age from 48 to 64. Again, children in their case is not impossible, but these brothers have no intention of procreating. They have made an agreement to never have any children in order to intentionally kill the Hitler bloodline.

David Gardner, author of the book entitled, The Last of the Hitlers tracked down the surviving Hitler descendants in the late 1990s. Gardner says,

They didn’t sign a pact, but what they did is, they talked amongst themselves, talked about the burden they’ve had in the background of their lives, and decided that none of them would marry, none of them would have children. And that’s… a pact they’ve kept to this day.

Hitler’s Heritage and Bloodline

At this point you might be wondering about Hitler’s own parentage.  For starters, his paternity, at least of his grandfather, is still up for discussion.  Johann Georg Heidler is accepted by most historians as the paternal grandfather of Adolf Hitler but it seems Heidler’s younger brother, Johann Nepomunk Heidler, is also a frontrunner. Johann Georg Heidler married Maria Ann Shickelgruber in 1842 and became the legal stepfather of her then five-year-old son, Alois Shickelgruber, Adolf Hitler’s father.

No father was listed on Alois’ birth certificate. It is speculated that perhaps Johann Nepomunk Heidler was his father but could not admit that publicly because of his marriage, or perhaps Johann Georg Heidler fathered the boy before he and Maria were legally married. Whatever the case, it wasn’t until 1877 that Alois was legally declared to be Johann Georg Heidler’s son.

On the other side of the family, Johanna Heidler was the daughter of Johann Nepomunk and his wife Eva. Johanna married Johann Baptist Pölzl and together they had five sons and six daughters. One of those daughters was Karla Pölzl who became the third wife of Alois Hitler and the mother of Adolf Hitler.

If Johann Georg Heidler was Alois’ bioligical father, this means that Karla was Alois Hitler’s first cousin once removed. If Johann Nepomunk was his father, that meant Karla was actually Alois’ neice. Either way, she was close enough of a relation that a letter of appeal had to be written to the church for a humanitarian waiver requesting permission for the marriage.

The request was granted and Alois Hitler and Karla Pölzl married on January 7, 1885.  Adolf Hitler was born to Karla and Alois Hitler, Sr. on April 20, 1889.  The two had other children together, but only Adolf and Paula survived to adulthood.

Neither Adolf nor his sister, Paula Hitler, ever had any children. Adolf committed suicide in 1945 and Paula died in 1960.

But there were others born to Alois. One such was Angela Hitler, from Alois’ second marriage.  She had three children – Leo Raubal, Jr., Angela “Geli” Raubal and Elfriede Raubal. Geli Raubal committed suicide in 1931. It is alleged she may have been sexually involved with her uncle Adolf Hitler and that she may have been murdered although police ruled her death a suicide. She did not have any children.

Leo had a son, Peter, and Elfriede had a son, Heiner Hochegger. Both Peter and Heiner, listed above, are two of the five relatives that could keep the Hitler bloodline alive, though as stated this is unlikely at this point.

Alois, Jr., half brother of Adolf Hitler through his father, went on to have two sons by two different women. William Patrick Hitler was born in England to his first wife, but Alois, Jr. abandoned his family and moved back to Germany where he married his second wife and had another son, Heinrich “Heinz” Hitler. Heinrich died fighting as a Nazi in World War II. He was captured and tortured then died in a Soviet POW camp at the age of 21. He left behind no children.

When Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany, William Hitler hoped to use his uncle’s position for financial gain and left his English home with the hopes that his uncle could find him a good job. His uncle had him work at a car dealershop, a bank and an automobile factory, none of which satisfied William.

He then blackmailed his uncle into giving him a better job with threats of sharing embarrassing family secrets to newspapers. In 1938, Adolf Hitler asked William to give up his British citizenship in exchange for a high-ranking position. However, William suspected, probably correctly from comments Hitler made about what he thought of his nephew, that it was a trap and fled Germany.

He then attempted to blackmailed his uncle again with the threat of exposing the fact that Hitler’s paternal grandfather was actually a Jew. Historians have now strongly discredited this possibility. Upon his return to London, William wrote an article for Look magazine titled “Why I Hate my Uncle” and used this connection to make a living touring around and talking about Adolf Hitler.

William and his mother were on a lecture tour in the United States when World War II broke out.  He became stranded in the country, but made a special request to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was cleared to join the U.S. Navy in 1944. He moved to Sunnyside, Queens in New York and served in the Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate until he was discharged in 1947, having been wounded.

After leaving the Navy, William changed his last name to Stuart-Houston, moved to Patchogue, Long Island, got married and had four sons. His third son, Howard Ronald Stuart-Houston (born in 1957), was a Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. He died childless in a car accident on September 14, 1989.

That brings us all back to the three remaining Stuart-Houston sons, Alexander, Louis and Brian- the youngest of the five remaining relatives who could ensure the survival of the Hitler bloodline. So far they have no children and, as stated, according to their pact, they don’t ever intend to.

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Bonus Facts:

  • While he was progressive when it came to black people and women’s rights, Teddy Roosevelt did not hold criminals, the sick or crippled, and others in such high favor, being in favor of eugenics (ironical considering his own long history of medical ailments).  At the time, eugenicists in the U.S. (and elsewhere in the world) were performing forced sterilization of the poor, sick, criminals, prostitutes, as well as forced abortions of pregnant women of ill repute or seen as inferior based on certain traits.  Roosevelt said of this, “I wish very much that the wrong people could be prevented entirely from breeding; and when the evil nature of these people is sufficiently flagrant, this should be done. Criminals should be sterilized and feeble-minded persons forbidden to leave offspring behind them.”
  • This stance on eugenics was widely popular in the early 20th century, supported by such famed individuals as Winston Churchill, Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, John Harvey Kellogg, and, of course, Adolf Hitler, among many others.  This movement was spurred on and given its name by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, inspired by Galton’s half-cousin Charles Darwin’s work.
  • The eugenics movement started to lose its steam thanks to its association with the Nazi party.  After WWII, public support for eugenics all but disappeared thanks to this association.  That being said, numerous countries still performed forcible sterilization, including the United States with the last forcible sterilization occurring in 1981. Sweden was another example of a country that kept the eugenics torch burning until 1975, forcibly sterilizing some 21,000 people and coercing another 6,000 into “voluntarily” being sterilized.
  • Sweden still controversially requires sterilization before sex change operations are allowed.  There are a surprisingly large list of countries that kept such programs going for quite some time after WWII, more on this here.
  • The word “eugenics” comes from the Greek “eu” meaning “good/well” and “-genēs” meaning “born”.
  • Adolf Hitler’s surname is thought by many etymologists to derive from “Huettler” or “one who lives in a hut”.
  • “Nazi” isn’t just the name of a one-time prominent political party, but also the Swahili word for “coconut”.  So, essentially, if we knew nothing else about him than his name and his party affiliation, we’d likely assume Hitler was a guy who lived in a hut who joined the coconut party. 😉
  • Coconuts are not nuts.  Rather, they are drupes.
  • The following are also not actually nuts: Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Walnuts, Macadamia nuts, Peanuts, Tom Cruise, and Pistachios, among others. OK, so Tom Cruise is a nut, but in a totally non-botanical way.
  • Jean-Marie Loret, born in 1918, claimed that his mother, a French woman, told him he was the son of Adolf Hitler.  Previous to this, he’d only known he was the son of some German soldier.  While many have widely touted that he was indeed Hitler’s illegitimate son, historians and DNA evidence don’t agree, nor did Jean-Marie’s aunt who stated that “Jean is a nutcase.  Only the Germans talked up that Hitler story to him.”  She claimed her sister had indeed had a sexual relationship with a German soldier that produced Jean-Marie, but the soldier hadn’t looked anything like Adolf Hitler.  The nail in the coffin of this supposed decedent of Hitler came in 2008 when Jean-Paul Mulders collected DNA of the surviving descendents of Jean-Marie Loret, then had DNA tests run on them publishing the results in Het Laatste Nieuws.  The result?  Jean-Marie was not the son of Hitler.
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  • Techni

    Please stop molesting the clipboard. I shouldn’t have to delete a line of spam to quote your site.

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  • Stephen

    I am against eugenics when it is forced to poor or certain discriminated race but I do believe that a good government should be allowed to control the quality of people that their citizens create. This world has gotten into a vicious circle of bad education and bad family example and I think that parents need to be tested and monitored for their influence on kids. I know that once in a while there are successful people who raised from troubled background but they are nominally just a fraction of people who turned to be murderers, rapists, criminals, or just general idiots.

    • Jon

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but these “situations” and “bad family examples” are better remedied through social programs and investing in education, healthcare, and a living wage so that people have the time to raise their kids, go on vacation, eat, etc… If you really believe the government should have that much control (not that they don’t) what are you doing in a democracy, and why do I suspect that you have conservative leanings? (You know, small government, non-interference in personal freedoms, etc.). It IS true that giving women control over their bodies (Roe v. Wade) in the way of family planning decreased violent crime one generation later. However, giving people upward mobility and a decent standard of living is far more reasonable an action for the government, than deciding who should breed based on a scientifically-disproven notion.

    • Mr.BigBalls

      Are you that uneducated? There are a ton of people from history and born more recently that came from very humble beginnings and turned out to be huge benefits to society. I understand what you are saying as there are many people unfit to have children but the last thing people need is more government intervention. You want to see stupid people disappear? The best solution is stop protecting all the idiots out there. Remove safety warning from things and the problem will take care of itself…..

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  • Cindy

    Your dates seem to be unlikely unless I am missing something.

    You have Johann (Grandfather) marrying in 1882 at which time Alois was 5, meaning he was born in 1877, the year he was declared Johann’s son.

    Further you have him marrying Karla in 1885 at which time he would be 8 yrs. old, and fathering Adolph in 1885, at 12? …and she was his 3rd wife? lol, again, it is possible I missed something, but I have re-read these paragraphs several times and this is what it is saying to me.

    Otherwise a very interesting story

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Cindy: Thanks for catching that. It was indeed a typo; it was supposed to be 1842 instead of 1882. Thanks again. 🙂

      • susan

        You sure are Cute and good looking!

  • Catherine

    An interesting article, thanks!

  • RaggleSnaggle

    Ironical isn’t a word.

  • Thomas Smith

    i would like to see some research done on Botha and Smutts and Ian Smith the monsters who led the white supremest police states in Africa. which murdered Africans for hundreds of years.
    they should be demonized as much as this Hitler guy

    • ryan

      Thomas Smith, why stop at South Africa? Murdering and oppression have gone on all throughout the world. What did you think the Vikings were doing on their raids? How did Rome maintain it’s empire? The same for the Persians? Have you thought about how the pyramids were made or how the Aztecs came to dominant pre-Spanish Mexico?

      In terms of Africa no one has the Belgians beat. What Leopold did there was horrific. It is estimated that he wiped out half the population.

      • jesus krishna

        why stop there? the khan invasion of europe killed 2/3 of all whites, the moorish(black, berber and arab) occupation of western europe for 700 years enslaved and murdered more people than in all of human history. barbary states slavery=almost twice the number of slaves taken in the transatlantic slave trade. or south africa today, 1865-1965 usa, 5500-6500 blacks were lynched legally and illegally, 3600 whites also lynched in the US. 1994-2014 south africa, 75,000 whites killed by blacks, oh but mandela was SUCH a great hero of human rights. right? wrong, he was a genocidal communist who openly sang about killing whites.

        • Gtloyal

          Won’t any of you mention the white men who came from europe to the so called New World and practically eliminated the Native Americans as they did the buffaloes? Wasn’t that genocide also? Today, they claim that the country is theirs only, so they want to build a wall to keep a part of the remnant of those same natives out. Quite interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Should Hitler’s relatives truly be accountable for his actions?

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Anonymous: I also kind of thought that was odd. It’s like they too are putting waaaay too much stock in bloodlines, not unlike Hitler himself.

      • Anonymous

        Would it not preoccupy your thoughts if you were a descendant of Hitler, then? You should research the descendants of Hermann Goering – they too feel guilt for the actions of their ancestor. I think his great grand daughter had herself sterilised as a consequence. It’s all very sad.

    • Simon

      Yeah I too felt that way when reading the article. they took on a burden that did not belong to them. I can kind of see their reasoning. While people like you and I just look at the relation as a misfortunate connection that they cannot help (we all have a side of the family we wish we didn’t), there would always be those who would not see it that way. Can you imagine their poor children trying to grow up and go to school where other children would treat them as grandchildren of Hitler.

      Eventually they would grow up, but the damage might already be done by the time they get out of High school. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, and maybe that was part of their concerns.

      • Jon

        It’s sad that humans can be taught to hate themselves, but such is the power of modern propaganda. “Evil”, “mental disorders”, and so on. Because the majority hates someone, they ought to hate themselves, too.

        • I know I wish the family come out with a nook. But then I can see it now stampede at book signing. I’m Irish and we were starved to death over in United Kingdom. You don’t see Irish saying but up a wall for us. I’m just saying. I think all races have encountered something the blacks the Roman’s in Jesus day the Spanish people now with stupid Donald Trump wanting use them as slaves to build a wall. Just forget about the past treat everyone with kindness and don’t go around shooting people

          • Michael

            Don’t forget about the past. Study it, learn from it, so that it may never happen again.

  • Bjorn Thorsson

    The idea of good/evil being passed down through bloodlines was nazi ideology. Irony.

  • Nonya

    I found out different about 10 years ago and I can honestly say that they have records. Did they looked into children born out of wedlock? I think a deep search into the family lines would show that there might be some info missing or someone left out the fact that there may have been child born some where along the line.

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  • myplane150

    No bid deal but her name was Klara not Karla. Good article…

  • tim

    feel sorry for his remaining family, having to take a pact never to procreate due to their inherit abuse their relatives notoriety beholds. Never knew who they were before this website.. kinda funny that…

  • Carolyn

    The Hitler family before Hitler was considered a good family. There was a memorial of the family in response to their good deeds in their home village, and the family has asked that it be taken down because of the skinheads. They want no stone with the name Hitler on it. I believe I read that even the tombstones of his ancestors have been removed.

    • Steve

      You’re right. The Hitler family was respectable until Adolf came along. I don’t think it’s bad that the family is not having kids. Who knows if they end up having another Adolf. World disaster!

  • Julia

    Sorry but you need to go back and recheck your research. Alexander, Louis, and Brian Stuart-Houston were not Alois jr’s children. They were his Grandchildren by his son William from his first marriage who fled Germany to Britain and later the United States after trying to blackmail his uncle into giving him a more powerful position in the German government at the threat of publishing an article falsely claiming that Hitler was descended from a Jew. William changed his name from Hitler to Stuart-Houston after the war to avoid the negative association. Alois managed a restaurant in Germany and died in Hamburgh in 1956.

  • Julia

    Looks like you talk about that later. At the start of your article you mistyped this:
    “and the three remaining sons (Alexander, Louis, and Brian Stuart-Houston) of Adolf’s half-brother Alois Hitler Jr.”

    • amjk183

      The other living descendants are referred to that way also. The article explains that they are the grandsons of Adolph Hilter’s half-sister, but the first paragraph calls them her sons.

  • Mitch

    Ironic that Hitler’s descendants place so much stock in bloodline that they’re opting to end theirs because of what their ancestor did…
    Kind of the opposite of what Adolf Hitler believed, but still the same thread of thought.

  • Anonymous

    The names are not spelled right here: not Heidler but Hiedler, not Nepomunk but Nepomuk, not Karla but Klara.

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  • shay filer

    Genetics certainly play a part in every person’s make up – I don’t necessarily think the family should bear a burden for being related to Hitler, but to eradicate that psychopathic gene he carried seems a wise decision for everyone. And certainly the people who raised him played a role in what he became.

  • Duncan

    I believe that they should reproduce and/or leave behind sperm to be used to reproduce. This is not a phishing post, BTW.

    I say this because if there is a flaw in this gene line then it is worth studying…

    But seriously, in reality, many more things are present in creation that makes a human including the environment and experiences of society and what we perceive that forms us.

    To narrow it to a gene makes no sense to me. This line of thinking disregards the entire belief system that included Himmler, Goering, et al.

  • Hello, I am a 12 year old in high school. I found this article impressive. A lot of hard work has paid off, so others don’t have to. Thankyou. This has helped me with a speech I am presenting in a couple of weeks. I had no idea there were still people from Hitler’s bloodline still alive. 🙂 Its interesting they have made a pack and have no intention of keeping the Hitler bloodline going.

  • thomas

    the surviving Hitler relatives should not feel the burden of actions for which they had no control over and should be proud or their German heritage have we forgot about project paperclip how many Nazi party members where brought over by our government we don’t hear about that do we they are responsible for our entire space program and any transgressions were over looked for the advancement in technology and science we should not try to hide our history good or bad but should embrace it instead and learn from it war brings out the best and worst of all countries we can learn from both sides

  • The Eagle

    It is like saying the Germans should not procreate any more… Which goes to eradicating the whole country… We all know too well the positive contributions these people have made… Hitler et. al are just exceptions and not a defination of these beautiful people.

  • John

    Eugenics is back. It’s called genetically modified babies, thanks to the new CRISP method of DNA splicing. People will be picking their babies’ eye color height, make them stronger, faster, disease resistant. Man now has the power of G-d. Yep, we are now finishing Hitler’s job. We are creating a master race, through Gene Splicing. Welcome to The Boys From Brazil.

  • Looper

    > After leaving the Navy, William changed his last name to Stuart-Houston, moved to Patchogue, Long Island, got married and had four sons. His third son, Howard Ronald Stuart-Houston (born in 1957), was a Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.

    The IRS? Of course, where else would a Hitler-spawn find employment…

  • Adolf

    How can anyone takes this article seriously ? There’s reputable evidence out there that proved hitler did have children and to believe he commited suicide in 1945 is laughable ‘ no body was ever recovered and if anyone believes what’s in the media your absolute crazy it’s run by the Jews and they will make any propaganda to off course the truth . Hitler survived the war and that’s that ‘ the US and UK just didn’t want to look like fools

    • Sam Greenaum

      Those damn Jews, conspiring with Hitler! I heard 6 million of them committed suicide, just to make him look bad.

      • treborc

        Yep and buy did he look bad.

  • moontwpman

    What a bunch of crap this article is. Sooooooo much information that is wrong…misspellings of family names (Klara, Nepomuk, etc.)…genealogy is also wrong as so many have pointed out (Alexander, Louis and Brian were not Alois Jr’s children they were his grandchildren). The biggest error would appear to be that there was no pact to not have children at all, as per Alexander. Some basic reading, even on Wikipedia, but better yet, some biographies of Hitler, would have been a good move for this writer. Feed your brain? Yeah with crap like this and you will definitely not be smarter.