Hitler may have “unwittingly married a Jew” hours before his suicide, a television documentary has claimed, after analysis of Eva Braun’s hairbrush found she may have had Jewish ancestry.
A study of hair samples found in Braun’s hairbrush at Hitler’s Alpine retreat are said to show a genetic sequence strongly associated with the Ashkenazi Jews, which she is likely to have been unaware of.
The discovery, by scientists working for Channel 4’s Dead Famous DNA, suggests the Nazi dictator could have “married a Jew” without realising it, before he committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in 1945.
The claim is the latest in a series of “discoveries” by the programme, which has also drawn conclusions about the cause of Elvis’ death, the size of Napoleon’s manhood and claimed Charles Dickens suffered from Crohn’s disease.
The latest investigation, to be broadcast on Wednesday, April 9, uses a sample of hair from Braun’s monogrammed brush, which was discovered by an American army intelligence officer at the end of the Second World War.