Who was william hitler?

  • The deeper you dig into the family tree of some of the most notorious figures in history, you will come across connections that might astonish you, to say the least.
  • The German-Prussian-British links during the First World War, which saw cousins fighting cousins, has definitely dominated the journal entries of history enthusiasts for some.
  • Here we will look at an even stranger set of events, which led to the nephew of Adolf Hitler receiving the Purple Heart from the US Navy during the Second World War.

Who Was William Hitler?

William Patrick Stuart-Houston Hitler, or ‘Willy’ as he was known as amongst his peers,  was the real nephew of Adolf Hitler. He found himself in an odd situation, having to fight the monster his uncle had created.

William was the son of Adolf Hitler’s brother, Alois Hitler Jr, and his first wife Bridget Dowling. Alois and Bridget had met in the Irish capital Dublin when Alois was living there during 1909.

After marriage, the pair moved to London and later moved to the north in Liverpool where William Hitler was born a couple of years later in 1911.

Although he was raised in Britain, William did decide to move back to Germany, but could not connect with the German society polluted with Nazi propaganda and ideology. He later emigrated to the United States, where he joined the US Navy and took part in the Second World War on the side of the Allies.

Who Was William Hitler?

William Patrick Stuart-Houston

  1. The Hitler family resided in a flat at 102 Upper Stanhope Street in Liverpool; during the Second World War the entire street was destroyed courtesy of a Nazi Blitz on January 10, 1942.
  2. This was yet another entry in the already confused state of affairs for the Hitler family in Britain.
  3. In a manuscript that Bridget Dowling wrote under the title My Brother-in-Law Adolf, she reported that her husband Alois had moved with her to Liverpool from London in order to avoid the mandatory conscription to Austria.
  4. Some historians suggest that the family moved from London anticipating a German attack on the capital and didn’t want to get caught up between German bombing and British people’s anger; however, when their house was destroyed by the German bombs in 1942, they learned they couldn’t escape their fate after all.

Who Was William Hitler?

William Patrick Hitler Enlisting in US Navy Photo Credit

The close-knit Hitler family started crumbling when Alois left his wife and then three-years-old son William for a gambling tour of Europe in 1914.

Soon after Alois left home, the First World War broke out, and the family could not develop any connection due to the chaos and lack of communications.

Alois effectively abandoned his family and left Dowling to raise their young son alone in Britain.

He remarried in Germany’ however, in the mid -920s he sent a letter to Bridget requesting her to send William to the Weimar Republic of Germany for a family visit. Dowling agreed to the proposal in 1929, as William had reached the age of 18. By that time Alois had had another son, Heinz Hitler, by his wife in Germany.

Heinz Hitler had a completely different fate than William; he became a committed Nazi supporter and died in Soviet captivity in 1942 after getting captured during the invasion of Russia.

Before enlisting for the US Navy, William Patrick decided to return to Germany in 1933 to benefit from his Uncle Adolf Hitler’s growing power over the country.

Adolf found a job for William in Reich Credit Bank in Berlin.

William was not particularly satisfied with his job and later joined Opel automobile factory and had also worked as a salesman in a car company.

The whole ambiance of this new Germany did not amuse William, and he showed his dissatisfaction to his uncle, even threatening him with blackmail if he didn’t get him a nice satisfying job.

One of the last living relatives of Adolf Hitler was engaged to a Jew

One of the last living family members of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was engaged to a Jewish woman, but she broke it off after discovering the family’s secret, sinister history, the German newspaper Bild revealed Tuesday.

It has long been known that Hitler’s last living relatives have been living quiet, unassuming lives on Long Island, New York.

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In his first public interview in over a decade, one of these relatives, grandnephew Alexander Stuart-Houston, whose middle name is Adolf, revealed that a family member planned to marry a Jewish girlfriend, but that she called off the engagement. Stuart-Houston did not specify which brother, and did not identify the Jewish fiancee.

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  • Alexander, 68, is the oldest of three surviving grandsons of Hitler’s half-brother Alois Hitler, who moved to Liverpool with his Irish wife Brigid Dowling in the first decade of the 20th century.
  • Alois’s son William Hitler was born in 1911 in Liverpool.

In his twenties, with Adolf Hitler’s rise to become chancellor of Germany, William decided to leave Britain for Germany. He was working as a banker in Berlin in 1935.

William was unhappy with the work, and was reportedly shunned by his uncle, so he moved with his family to the United States.

Who Was William Hitler?

William Patrick Hitler, nephew of Adolf Hitler, in US Navy uniform, 1944-7 (US Navy, public domain)

He even enlisted in the US Navy, where he served during World War II.

In 1946, saddled with the most despised name in the world, William Hitler moved his family to a small town on Long Island and changed his name to Hiller, a favorite adopted name for other Hitlers living in postwar Germany. It was later changed again to Stuart-Houston for unclear reasons.

  1. His four sons were Alexander, Brian, Louis and Howard.
  2. Howard was the only one who married and reportedly planned to have children, but he was killed in a car accident in 1989.
  3. All three surviving brothers still live in their small hometown of Patchogue.

The fact that none of the surviving brothers married or had children has raised speculation over the years that they had quietly resolved to remain childless, and thus let the Hitler family line come to a natural end.

That was the claim of British journalist David Gardner, who tracked them down in the 1990s, and wrote a book entitled, “The Last of the Hitlers: The Story of Adolf Hitler’s British Nephew and the Amazing Pact to Make Sure His Genes Die Out.”

Who Was William Hitler?

David Gardner’s book, The Last of the Hitlers

“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,” Gardner claimed.

Alexander denied knowing of such a pact in a 2002 interview with Gardner, but said his brothers may have made one that did not involve him. Sixteen years later, in the Bild interview, he vehemently denied the existence of such a pact, calling it “bullshit” and revealing that one of the three brothers tried unsuccessfully to marry his Jewish girlfriend.

Alexander also said the brothers discussed writing a book about their lives as the last of the Hitler line, but “changed our minds. We won’t do it, not for all the money in the world.”

A lifelong Republican — as are his brothers — he has also lashed out at US President Donald Trump, calling him a “liar.”

Гитлер, Уильям Патрик

Who Was William Hitler?Уильям Патрик Гитлерангл. William Patrick Hitler

Дата рождения

12 марта 1911(1911-03-12)[1]

Место рождения

  • Ливерпуль, Ланкашир, Англия, Великобритания

Дата смерти

14 июля 1987(1987-07-14)[1] (76 лет)

Место смерти

  • Лонг-Айленд, Нью-Йорк, США


  •  Великобритания
  •  Ирландия
  •  США

Род деятельности



Гитлер, Алоис


Бриджит Даулинг[d]


Александр, Луи, Говард Рональд, и Брайан Уильям

Награды и премии

В Википедии есть статьи о других людях с фамилией Гитлер.

Уильям Патрик Гитлер («Вилли», позже Стюарт-Хьюстон; 12 апреля 1911 — 14 июля 1987) — племянник Адольфа Гитлера.



Уильям Патрик Гитлер родился в семье единокровного брата Адольфа Гитлера Алоиса и его первой жены-ирландки Бриджит Даулинг. Родители встретились в Дублине, когда Алоис жил там в 1909 году.

Позже они переехали в Ливерпуль, где Уильям родился в 1911 году.

Семья проживала в квартире на Верхняя Стэнхоуп-стрит, 102, которая была разрушена в последний немецкий воздушный налёт на Ливерпуль 10 января 1942 года.

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В 1914 году отец Уильяма вернулся в Германию, но Бриджит отказалась ехать с ним. В Германии отец Уильяма женился ещё раз. От этого брака родился его единокровный брат Хайнц Гитлер. В 1929 году 18-летний Уильям повидался с отцом в Германии. Отец в Гамбурге был осуждён за двоежёнство. После тюрьмы он вернулся в Англию к Бриджит.

В нацистской Германии

В 1933 году Уильям Патрик Гитлер приехал в Германию в попытке воспользоваться влиянием дяди. Адольф Гитлер помог ему устроиться в банк. Позднее Уильям Патрик устроился на автомобильный завод Opel, а после работал продавцом автомобилей. Недовольный своим положением, он написал Гитлеру, что если дядя ему не поможет, то Уильям начнёт рассказывать общественности о семье Адольфа[2].

В 1938 году Адольф Гитлер попросил Уильяма отказаться от британского гражданства в обмен на высокопоставленную работу. Испугавшись ловушки, Уильям решил покинуть нацистскую Германию, а затем стал шантажировать Адольфа Гитлера, угрожая, что напишет в прессе, что дед Гитлера был евреем. Вернувшись в Лондон, он написал статью «Почему я ненавижу моего дядю»[3].

В 1939 году Уильям со своей матерью отправился в Соединенные Штаты[3] по приглашению издателя Уильяма Рэндольфа Херста, и они остались там, когда началась Вторая мировая война. После специального запроса на имя президента США Франклина Д. Рузвельта в 1944 году Уильяму было разрешено служить в американском флоте.

Жизнь после войны

Уильям Патрик Гитлер служил на флоте США как санитар до 1947 года. Он был ранен на службе в ходе Второй мировой войны[3]. После окончания службы, Уильям Патрик изменил свою фамилию на Стюарт-Хьюстон, женился в 1947 году и переехал в Лонг-Айленд, штат Нью-Йорк.

Стюарт-Хьюстон был женат на Филлис Жан-Жак (ум. 2.11.2004), которая родилась в Германии в 1923 или 1925[4]. Их первый сын Александр родился в 1949 году. Позже у них родилось ещё трое сыновей, Луи (р. 1951), Говард Рональд (р. 1957, ум. 1989), и Брайан Уильям (1965)[3][5].

У Стюарт-Хьюстона был собственный бизнес, он занимался анализом образцов крови для больниц. Его лаборатория, которую он назвал Брукхейвенской, находилась в его двухэтажном доме на 71-Силвер-стрит, Патчог[6].

Уильям умер 14 июля 1987 года в Патчог, Нью-Йорк, и его останки были похоронены рядом с матерью Бриджит, на кладбище Гроба Господня в Корам, Нью-Йорк[7].


Говард Рональд Стюарт-Хьюстон был специальным агентом уголовного розыска отдела Internal Revenue Service. Погиб в автокатастрофе 14 сентября 1989[8]. Говард Рональд похоронен в Храме Гроба Господня кладбище Корам в Нью-Йорке.

Ни один из детей Уильяма не имел собственных детей. Александр, в настоящее время социальный работник, заявил, что, вопреки предположениям, у детей Уильяма нет никакого соглашения о намерении не продолжать родословную Гитлера.[3][9]


Его жизнь запечатлена в документальных фильмах, а также в произведениях художественной литературы:

  • Beryl Bainbridge в романе 1978 года Молодой Адольф изобразил предполагаемый в 1912-13 годах визит 23-летнего Адольфа Гитлера в Ливерпуль к родственникам (в том числе показан маленький Уильям) с использованием чёрного юмора для обыгрыша его неприспособленности.
  • Грант Моррисон и Steve Yeowell в 1989 году выпустили комикс под названием Новые приключения Гитлера, сюжет которого также основывается на предполагаемом посещении Ливерпуля Гитлером.
  • В октябре 2005 года на History Channel вышел в эфир часовой документальный фильм под названием «Семья Гитлера», в котором Уильям Патрик Гитлер показан вместе с другими родственниками Адольфа Гитлера.
  • В апреле 2006 года, был поставлен в Огайо театре в Нью-Йорке спектакль «Маленький Вилли», по жизни Уильяма Патрика Гитлера. Затем его повторили в West End в Лондоне.

См. также

  • Семья Гитлера
  • Аллилуева, Светлана Иосифовна


  1. 1 2 идентификатор BNF (фр.): платформа открытых данных — 2011.
  2. ↑ The Last of the Hitlers (неопр.). www.cnn.com (February 6, 2002). Дата обращения 14 сентября 2017.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 The black sheep of the family? The rise and fall of Hitler’s scouse nephew — This Britain, UK — The Independent Архивировано 25 сентября 2015 года.

That Time Hitler’s Nephew Viciously Denounced Uncle Adolf In An American Magazine

That time Adolf Hitler's nephew trash-talked him in a U.S. magazine…then enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Family dinners can be tense affairs. Doubly so if you’re related to one of the most despised human beings in history: Adolf fucking Hitler.

Born in Liverpool, England, in 1911, William Patrick Hitler’s father, Alois Hitler, was brother to Adolf, and as William grew up, he was apparently an irritating and embarrassing thorn in his uncle’s side.

Their tense relationship worsened substantially after he published numerous articles in the United Kingdom and United States detailing his uncle’s personal life.

Thanks to Mark Frauenfelder over at BoingBoing, we can share some of those anecdotes.

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In the July 4, 1939 edition of Look Magazine, a bi-weekly general interest magazine based in Des Moines, Iowa, the younger Hitler published a six-page feature entitled “Why I Hate My Uncle.”

There’s that bit about Adolf Hitler’s autographed photo, his preferred after-dinner snack, and his mannerisms:

“Being very close to my father at the time, he (Adolf Hitler) autographed this picture for me. We had cakes and whipped cream, Hitler’s favorite dessert. I was struck by his intensity, his feminine gestures. There was dandruff on his coat.”

Then there’s some disturbing implications about the suicide of Hitler’s half-niece:

“When I visited Berlin in 1931, the family was in trouble. Geli Raubal, the daughter of Hitler’s and my father’s sister, had committed suicide. Everyone knew that Hitler and she had long been intimate and that she had been expecting a child – a fact that enraged Hitler. His revolver was found by her body.”

Oh, and the descriptions of William Hitler’s visits to Germany, where he met with his uncle. Tense doesn’t really cut it:

“I published some articles on my uncle when I returned to England and was forthwith summoned back to Berlin and taken with my father and aunt to Hitler’s hotel. He was furious. Pacing up and down, wild-eyed and tearful, he made me promise to retract my articles and threatened to kill himself if anything else were written on his private life.”

“I shall never forget the last time he sent for me. He was in a brutal temper when I arrived. Walking back and forth, brandishing his horsehide whip, he shouted insults at my head as if he were delivering a political oration.”

William Hitler moved to the United States in 1939, and later changed his last name to Stuart-Houston.

He also enlisted in the Navy during the war — yeah, in addition to slamming his piece of shit uncle in print, he signed up to fight in World War II.

His initial attempts to join the Army were shot down, due to his family connections, but after writing an impassioned plea to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he was permitted to serve in the Navy, according to the Daily Mail:

3 quiet brothers, relatives of Hitler

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The Long Island landscaper peeked out the door. It was another visitor arriving with a notebook, a press pass and the H-word on his lips, another journalist asking about his great-uncle Adolf.

The visitor asked the landscaper about his father, who was born William Patrick Hitler, son of Alois Hitler Jr., who was Adolf Hitler's half-brother (they shared the same father). Alois called his son Willy. The Führer called Willy “my loathsome nephew.”

Willy Hitler was born in 1911 in Liverpool, and in his early years occasionally sought to take advantage of his last name, in England, Germany and then America, where he moved in 1939.

After World War II, though, he decided to change the name and moved from New York City out to Patchogue on Long Island.

He raised four sons – Alexander, Louis, Howard and Brian – before he died in 1987 at age 76.

Howard died in a car accident in 1989. The other brothers continued low-profile jobs, Alexander as a social worker, Louis and Brian with their own landscaping business. They are regular Long Island guys, middle-aged and middle class, two of them living together. They are also the last members of Adolf Hitler's paternal bloodline.

They have moved away from the two-story clapboard house where they grew up on Silver Street in Patchogue, where their father ran a diagnostic blood lab.

To their former neighbors in Patchogue, much about them and their upbringing seemed all-American – even aggressively so – but some of those neighbors remember a family just a little bit apart from everyone else, speaking German at home, and a patriarch with the slightest, just the slightest, resemblance to a certain dark figure in history.

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