July 12, 1945: Interviewing Hitler’s Sister

 

With the ending of the war in Europe, the US Army had many tasks to accomplish, not the least of which was to interview significant figures of the fallen Third Reich.  Paula Wolff had no significance in and of herself, but as Hitler’s sister she certainly did.  Here is a transcript of her interview:

 

Headquarters 101st Airborne Division.

    101st CIS Detachment

    APO 472, U.S. Army

    12 July 1945 (this is the normal date order for documents produced within the US military)

    Memorandum for the Officer in Charge.

    Subject: Interrogation of Frau Paula Wolff (Frl. Paula Hitler) (her name was spelled Wolf in the interview of 5th June 1946)

    I was born at the estate of my father in Hartfeld, Austria, in 1896. My father was 60 years old at the time of my birth. He died when I was 6. I know nothing of my father’s family. My brother and I spent little of our time together, as he was 7 years older. He attended the Realschule in Styria and spent only his vacations at home. The death of my mother left a deep impression on Adolf and myself. We were both very much attached to her. Our mother dies in 1907 and Adolf never returned home after that.

    Since I was so much younger than my brother he never considered me a playmate. He played a leading role among his early companions. His was favourite game was cops and robbers, and that sort of thing. He had a lot of companions. I could not say what took place in their games, as I was never present. Adolf as a child always came home too late. He got a spanking every night for not coming home on time.

    After my brother finished school he went to Vienna. He wanted to go to the Academy and become a painter, but nothing came of it. My mother was very sick at the time. She was very attached to Adolf and wanted him to stay home. That’s why he stayed. He left the house after her death in 1907. I never saw him from 1908 until 1921. I have no idea what he did at this time. I did not even know if he was still alive. (more…)

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