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Leo Rudolf Raubal Jr.
Born Leo Rudolf Raubal Jr.
October 12, 1906(1906-10-12)
Linz, Austria
Died August 18, 1977 (aged 70)
Spain
Resting place Linz
Nationality Austrian Austria
Spouse(s) unknown
Children Peter Raubal
Parents Angela Hitler, Leo Raubal
Relatives Adolf Hitler (uncle)
Geli Raubal (sister)
Elfriede Hochegger (sister)

Leo Rudolf Raubal Jr. (12 October 1906 in Linz – 18 August 1977, Spain) was a teacher, soldier and manager. He was a son of Leo Rubal (Sr.) and his wife Angela (Adolf Hitler's half-sister).

Leo Raubal Jr. worked in Salzburg as a teacher of chemistry. He visited his mother sporadically while she was living in Berchtesgaden. According to William Patrick Hitler, Leo did not like his uncle Adolf and he blamed him for death of his sister Geli. This cannot be confirmed because (according to historian Werner Maser) Leo said in 1967 that Hitler was "absolutely innocent."[1] Leo Raubal was, just like his younger cousin, Heinz Hitler, but unlike William Patrick Hitler, a "favorite nephew of the leader," and Hitler liked to spend his time with him.[2]

Before the war he became a manager of the Linz Steelworks. In October 1939 he was drafted into the Luftwaffe and was a lieutenant in the engineering corps. He looked similar to Adolf Hitler and sometimes was Hitler's double during the war.[3]

He was injured in January 1943 during the battle of Stalingrad,[4] and Friedrich Paulus asked Hitler for a plane to evacuate Raubal to Germany.[5] Hitler refused and Raubal was captured by the Russians on 31 January 1943. Hitler ordered to check the possibility of a prisoner exchange with the Soviets for Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili, who was in German captivity since 16 July 1941.[6] Stalin refused to exchange him neither for Raubal or for Friedrich Paulus,[7] and said "war is war."[8]

Raubal was detained in Moscow's jails and was released by the Soviets on 28 September 1955, and came back to Austria. He lived and worked in Linz as a teacher. He died during his vacation in Spain. He was buried on 7 September 1977 in Linz.[9] Leo Raubal Jr. had a son Peter (born in 1931) who is (along with Elfriede's [Leo Jr.'s sister] son, Heiner Hochegger, and William Patrick Hitler's three sons) the closest living relative to Adolf Hitler. Peter Raubal is a retired engineer who lives in Linz, Austria.

References

  1. ^ Werner Maser, Werner (1972). Adolf Hitler. Bechtle. pp. 23. ISBN 0-252-00897-9.  
  2. ^ Mitchell, Otis C. (2008). Hitler's stormtroopers and the attack on the German Republic, 1919-1933. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co.. pp. 30. ISBN 0-7864-3912-2.  
  3. ^ www.telegraph.co.uk
  4. ^ Deighton, Len (1987). Winter: a novel of a Berlin family. New York: Knopf. pp. 464. ISBN 0-394-55177-X.  
  5. ^ Hauner, Milan (1983). Hitler: a chronology of his life and time. London: Macmillan. pp. 181. ISBN 0-333-30983-9.  
  6. ^ Elliott, Mark R. (1982). Pawns of Yalta: Soviet refugees and America's role in their repatriation. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 185. ISBN 0-252-00897-9.  
  7. ^ Bailey, Ronald Albert (1981). Prisoners of war. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books. pp. 123. ISBN 0-8094-3391-5.  
  8. ^ Tolstoy, Nikolai (1978). The secret betrayal. New York: Scribner. pp. 296. ISBN 0-684-15635-0.  
  9. ^ Joachimsthaler...

Sources

  • Werner Maser: Adolf Hitler. Mythos, Legende, Wirklichkeit, Bechtle, Munich 200118; ISBN 3-7628-0521-0
  • Werner Maser: Fälschung, Dichtung und Wahrheit über Hitler und Stalin, Olzog, 2004, ISBN 3789281344 , page 272
  • Joachimsthaler, Anton. Hitlers Liste: Ein Dokument Personlicher Beziehungen. Herbig. pp. 270. ISBN 3-7766-2328-4.  
  • Walter Mayr: SERIE - TEIL 10 HITLERS FRÜHE JAHRE - DER FÜHRER, MEIN ONKEL, Der Spiegel Nr. 28/2001 - 9th July 2001, page 142
  • Marc Vermeeren: De jeugd van Adolf Hitler 1889–1907 en zijn familie en voorouders, Uitgeverij Aspekt, Soesterberg 2007, ISBN 90-5911-606-2
  • Oliver Halmburger, Thomas Staehler: Familie Hitler. Im Schatten des Diktators, Oliver Halmburger Loopfilm GmbH, Munich, and ZDF-History, Mainz 2005 (film), DVD, ASIN B000U6SOKW
  • Zdral, Wolfgang (2005). Die Hitlers. Campus Verlag GmbH. pp. 237. ISBN 3-593-37457-9.  
  • Personal information from prof. Dr. Werner Maser (via German Wikipedia)
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