(PARIS) — Before his death in 1985, Jean-Marie Loret believed he was the only son of Adolf Hitler. Now, there is new evidence out of France and Germany that appear to corroborate his claim.
Loret collected evidence from two studies — one conducted by the University of Heidelberg and another conducted by a handwriting analyst that show that Loret’s blood type and handwriting are both similar to the infamous dictator.
The evidence is not entirely conclusive but Loret’s story itself is riveting enough to warrant some investigation. The French newspaper, Le Point, published an account last week of Loret’s story, as told to Parisian lawyer Francois Gibault in 1979.
Le Point’s Jérome Béglé retells Gibault’s reaction to Loret’s incredulous claim:
“Master, I am the son of Hitler! Tell me what I should do.” Francois Gibault, Paris lawyer, does not believe his ears. The man before him is rather large, speaks perfect French without an accent, and is not a crackpot. His inspiring story is no less true.
According to Loret, his mother, Lobojoie Charlotte, met Hitler in 1914, when he was a corporal in the German army and she was just 16. Charlotte described the Fuhrerto-be as “attentive and friendly”. Charlotte and Hitler would take walks in the countryside, though conversation often times was affected by their daunting language barrier. Yet, despite their differences, after an inebriated night in June 1917, little Jean-Marie was born in March 1918.
Neither Loret nor the rest of Charlotte’s family knew of the circumstances of his birth until the early 1950s when Charlotte confessed to her son that Hitler was his father. She had given her only son up for adoption in 1930.
After this realization, according to Le Point, Loret began his journey to find out if the story was true, researching with a near manic determination. He enlisted geneticists, handwriting experts and historians. He wrote a book called Your Father’s Name Was Hitler that details that journey. It will now be republished to include the new studies that confirm his claim.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Susan Scutti, CNN
Andreas Preuss, CNN