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Documentary: Hitler’s wife, Eva Braun, may have had Jewish ancestry

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Posted on Apr. 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler in 1942. Photo from German Federal Archive

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler in 1942. Photo from German Federal Archive

Eva Braun, the wife of Adolf Hitler, may have had Jewish ancestry, according to a new British documentary.

“Dead Famous DNA,” which is scheduled to air Wednesday on Britain’s Channel 4, reported that hair samples from a brush believed to have been used by Braun were tested and show that a DNA sequence found in the sample is “strongly associated” with Ashkenazi Jews. The brush was found at Hitler’s mountain retreat in Bavaria.

She was raised a Catholic. In the 19th century, many Ashkenazi Jews in Germany converted to Catholicism, so Braun was unlikely to have known her ancestry.

“This is a thought-provoking outcome — I never dreamt that I would find such a potentially extraordinary and profound result,” said program host Mark Evans.

Braun and Hitler were married in the hours before they committed suicide together in a bunker in Berlin at the end of World War II. Braun, who was 23 years younger than Hitler, had been his longtime lover.

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