Hitler had many gay partners, but his attempts at relationships with women proved disastrous, writes Siobhan Pat Mulcahy.
ADOLF HITLER, the man responsible for the deaths of more than 70 million people continues to divide historians and researchers. What was the origin of his evil? How could such a thing have happened?
A few years ago, I wrote an article for CrimeMagazine.com called ‘The real Adolf Hitler’. The article received over 30,000 hits on the internet in the days following publication. It seems people continue to be fascinated by him. During my research, I discovered that the German dictator liked Catholic convent school girls and had many homosexual partners. My interest in his life increased. If a man’s sexuality cannot tell you who he really is or was, then nothing else will.
The Peculiar Sex Life of Adolf Hitler is the culmination of almost two years writing and research. It analyses all the phases of Hitler’s sexual experiences: His early mother fixation, his long-term homosexual phase, and his final years as a “reluctant heterosexual”.
During his childhood, Hitler was beaten viciously and often by his father, Alois, and adored by his gentle mother, who tried to protect him from his father’s whip and belt. Hitler later said that his fondest childhood memories were of “sleeping alone with his mother in the big bed” while his father was away at work. Throughout his life, his devotion to the memory of his mother Klara continued, but he rarely, if ever, spoke of his father.
For most of his life, Hitler was predominantly homosexual. In his teens and early twenties, he had a string of “exclusive male companions”, including August Kubizek, Reinhold Hanisch, and Rudolf Hausler. He shared accommodation with these men in seedy Viennese or Munich backstreets and in “homes for the destitute”.
In his autobiography, Mein Kampf (1925), these early years are hardly mentioned. Instead, he jumps forward from his childhood to his experiences during WW1, describing the soldiers in his regiment as a “glorious male community”.
From the outset of the war, he enjoyed a sexual relationship with fellow dispatch-runner, Ernst Schmidt which lasted almost six years. The relationship was not exclusive, however, and Hitler is believed to have had “sexual relations with a senior officer”. US intelligence later discovered that Hitler was never promoted during WW1 because of his “sexual orientation” and that he was arrested in Munich in 1919 for “pederasty and theft”. Indeed, former Nazi, Otto Strasser said that when Hitler became Nazi Party leader in 1921, “his personal bodyguards and chauffeurs were almost exclusively homosexual”. Two of these bodyguards, Ulrich Graf and Christian Weber, were expected to satisfy their boss’s needs whenever necessary.
Then, in 1924, when Hitler was jailed for treason in Landsberg Castle, he began a love relationship with Rudolf Hess, who was nicknamed “Fraulein Anna” and “Black Emma” by other Nazis. Their sexual relationship endured for many years until Hess, who was prone to hysterics became an embarrassment to the Nazi leader.
However, even when his career was scuppered, Hess remained devoted to “his Führer”, claiming they “had shared a beautiful human experience to the very end”.
By the early 1930s, the homosexual ethos at the top of the Nazi Party was so evident that one anti-Nazi newspaper called the political organisation “The Brotherhood of Poofs”. The media ridicule became so widespread that Hitler decided to do something drastic to change public perceptions.
In a so-called Nazi “book burning ceremony”, he had all the sexual perversion records relating to himself and his Nazi colleagues at a Berlin psychiatric clinic destroyed.
In June/July 1934, he organised the murders and imprisonment of hundreds of Nazi Storm Troopers, including their leader “Queen” Ernst Roehm, who was openly gay.
However, while gay Nazis were being butchered or imprisoned, Hitler was having a secret affair with his Munich chauffeur Julius Schreck. The two were apparently devoted to each other and enjoyed romantic trysts at the Hotel Bube near Berneck, the midway point between Berlin and Munich. Their affair lasted until Schreck’s sudden death from meningitis. When he heard the news, Hitler wept uncontrollably for several days. Schreck had fulfilled Hitler’s fantasies about the great love between a powerful man and his obedient servant. The homosexual Bavarian, King Ludwig II — who had conducted a 20 year affair with his coachman — was one of the German dictator’s heroes.
Hitler ordered a state funeral for his beloved chauffeur, at which he delivered a personal eulogy, with all the Nazi top brass ordered to attend.
Ten years earlier, the 37-year-old German leader had attempted to “go straight”, as he was sick and tired of paying off blackmailers who knew of his homosexuality, but his attempts to have relationships with women proved disastrous. He had a picture of his mother hanging over his bed in Munich, in Berlin, and at his retreat in the Bavarian mountains. Few, if any, of his heterosexual relationships were ever consummated.
Eight of the women he had sexual contact with attempted suicide and six succeeded.
Hitler was attracted to both pubescent teenagers and the actresses he admired on the silver screen.
His first girlfriend (during his mid-teens in Linz) was no more than a figment of his imagination; they never spoke, though he ogled her from a distance for years. The girl, Stephanie Isak, was of Jewish descent and, ironically — along with his “beloved mother” — became the model for “his ideal Aryan woman”.
When he was aged 38, Hitler began a relationship with 16-year-old, convent-educated, Maria Reiter who tried to hang herself (in 1927) when he suddenly lost interest in her. Reiter told Stern magazine in 1959 that, four years after her failed suicide attempt, she shared one night of passion with the man she could never forget, but discovered his “sexual tastes were far too extreme” for her and they never met again.
Hitler then became obsessed with his half-niece, Geli Raubal. Raubal and her “Uncle Alf” conducted a torrid relationship for more than four years, until she shot herself in 1931 with a gun he had given her as a gift. For the last two years of her life, she had been a virtual prisoner in his Munich apartment. Some historians believe Hitler had her murdered when she began telling friends about the “disgusting things” he made her do when they were alone together. After her death, he told Nazi colleagues she was “the only woman he had ever really loved”.
In 1937, film actress Renate Mueller threw herself from a balcony in Berlin after Hitler deliberately ruined her career and ordered the Gestapo to follow her. During their sordid sex sessions, Mueller told friends she was obliged to kick and beat him as he contorted with pleasure on the ground.
When the Second World War broke out in 1939, the English aristocrat, Unity Mitford shot herself in the head with a gun Hitler had given her as a gift. She had participated in orgies with Nazi Party storm troopers, so she could relate the sordid details to the man she called “her messiah”. Mitford wrote in her diary that Hitler said they could only be together sexually in “the afterlife”.
Then, there was the long-suffering and loyal Eva Braun. Hitler was unfaithful to her with both men and women.
She became so sexually frustrated that she asked Hitler’s physician Dr Theodor Morell to give him hormone injections to increase his libido. In the final months of her life, she told girlfriends she regretted not leaving him 10 years earlier (when he wanted to end things).
Instead, she committed suicide with him just 40 hours after their marriage in the Berlin bunker in April, 1945.
The Peculiar Sex Life of Adolf Hitler by Siobhan Pat Mulcahy. Published by Amazon eBooks; 498 pages (using Amazon Kindle eBook reader / other eBook devices can be used); Price, €5.25
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