Israel demands an apology from Russia

An old conspiracy theory about of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler alleged Jewish ancestry is again in focus after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov compared the Ukrainian government to Nazi Germany and its President Volodymyr Zelensky to the German dictator. Appearing in an interview on Italian television, when Lavrov was asked about how the Kremlin was fighting to “denazify Ukraine” despite its president being Jewish, the Russian minister said: “I could be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. [That Zelensky is Jewish] means absolutely nothing.
What also means absolutely nothing is the comparison of modern wars to the Holocaust, a unique tragedy in the history of mankind. Modern-day politicians label opponents of Hitler because the character is the commonly accepted example of a morally corrupt person and the Holocaust exemplifies right versus wrong. But, Israelis and human rights activists have long argued that the Holocaust should not be used to score political points. They say such comparisons are dangerous because they trivialize suffering, and calling Hitler a Jew without proof seems to suggest that Jews murdered themselves during the Holocaust.
Russia, rather than withdrawing its statement, doubled down and accused Israel to support neo-Nazis in Ukraine.

Was Hitler Jewish?

In the meantime, let’s turn our attention to the conspiracy over Hitler’s alleged Jewish heritage.

The claim that Hitler had Jewish blood was credited by his lawyer Hans Frank, who was executed for war crimes in 1946. In his posthumously published memoirs, the lawyer claimed that Hitler asked him to probing his ancestry for any Jewish connections after a nephew threatened to expose Hitler’s Jewish blood, at a time of the Führer’s meteoric rise. Frank claimed to have found evidence that Hitler’s paternal grandfather was Jewish, but many have poked holes in that claim since.

The mystery really surrounds Hitler’s paternal grandmother, Maria Anna Schicklgruber, who had a child out of wedlock. Alois Hitler, father of adolf hitlerwas born in 1837 when his mother (42 at the time) worked as a cook for the Frankenbergers, a Jewish family in the Austrian city of Graz.

Frank claimed that the Frankenbergers paid alimony to the mother until the child reached the age of 14, which he verified through exchanges of letters between Hitler’s grandmother and the Frankerberger.

More questions than answers

But these letters, apparently seen by him, have never been found. Moreover, historians say that the Jews of Graz were expelled from the city in the 15and century and returned around 1860, 20 years later Alois Hitler was born. However, in 2019 Jewish psychologist Dr Leonard Sax claimed to have discovered that a small community of Jews lived in Graz. But, there is no evidence that Hitler’s grandmother ever actually lived in Graz. Additionally, city records show no Jewish family named Frankenberger. A family of Frankenfurters lived in Graz but they weren’t Jewish.

Furthermore, the threatening letters allegedly received by Hitler from his nephew have also never been found.

Hitler got his surname from a certain Johann Georg Hiedler, whom his grandmother married five years after giving birth to her illegitimate son. Alois Hitler was adopted by Johann’s brother, Johann Nepomuk Hiedler after his mother’s death in 1847.

Frank said Hitler claimed his paternal grandfather was not Jewish but that his grandmother and the man she later married (according to Hitler, her biological grandfather) lied to employers Jews saying that the son was theirs to receive alimony since the family was poor. .

Hitler said he heard this from his grandmother and father. But he couldn’t have heard that from his grandmother who died before he was born, taking with her the secret of his ancestors to the grave.

What if Hitler was part Jewish? These unproven rumors gained momentum during World War II. Some say it was started by the Nazis to “explain their defeat”. Others say Hitler persecuted and killed millions of Jews because he was ashamed of his lineage.

However, these conspiracy theories are viewed with skepticism by mainstream historians.

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