At the end of World War ll, the man Adolf Hitler called “my loathsome nephew” changed his name and disappeared. Despite efforts by
historians and academics anxious to peer into the psyche of the most infamous dictator of the 20th century, the British-born William Patrick Hitler, by then settled in the USA, remained anonymous... until he was found by US-based British journalist David Gardner.
William Patrick’s story so fascinated British journalist David Gardner that he spent years attempting to find the last relative to bear the Hitler name.
Gardner found that William Patrick died before the search started, but that his four sons had established a pact that, in order for Adolf Hitler’s genes to die with them, none of them would have children. He discovered too that the eldest son, Alex, also has a middle name.... Adolf!
And that the family insist Adolf Hitler did visit Liverpool (and Ireland) before the First World War – a trip previously discounted by historians.
The book, which contains previously unpublished FBI files and interviews with the surviving blood relatives, is not just a history of the family, it is also the story of Gardner’s dedicated search.
The late Beryl Bainbridge contributed the foreword.