DNA test: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler may have Jewish and African roots

By on Aug 25, 2010 in Europe, World Comments

Recent DNA tests show that Adolf Hitler may have Jewish and African roots. Ironically, these were the races he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust, and slaughtered millions of Jews during his 12-year reign.

According to the British newspaper, Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races he hated so much.

The report came from a Belgium magazine, Knack, which mentioned that the saliva samples strongly suggest that Hitler had Jewish and African antecedents.

Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, together with historian Marc Vermeeren, tracked down the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.

Sample showed up a chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1, which is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews; as mentioned by Vermeeren in the article.

Haplogroup E1b1b1
, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.

Mulders, who wrote the article in the Knack magazine added that “one can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised.”

This is not the first time that the heritage of Adolf Hitler has been question before, with some suggesting his grandfather was Jewish.

However, this is the first claim that is supported with specific data.

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