French plumber claiming to be the grandson of Hitler is getting a DNA test done to prove his ancestry
A 62-year-old plumber from France came forward saying he is the grandson of infamous dictator Adolf Hitler. He is now getting a DNA analysis done to see if the two of them are actually related. Phillipe Loret is giving his saliva over to an ancestry agency to see if the DNA matches those found in the pieces of skull and jaw bone that supposedly belong to Hitler, says a Daily Mail report. The fragments from the dictator's head are kept in a vault in Russia.
The 62-year-old is absolutely certain that his grandmother, Charlotte Lobjoie, once had a secret affair with the German dictator when he was still only a corporal in the army sent to France in 1916. This was two years before World War I broke out in 1918.
According to Loret, his father had sat him down when he was young one day, along with his six brothers and sisters, and said: "Kids, I've got something to tell you. Your grandfather is Adolf Hitler."
The man also told his children that his mother, Lobjoie, had told him that the infamous dictator had actually treated her very well and that he was a "good lover".
In one diary entry from September 1944, royal engineer Leonard Wilkes wrote: "An interesting day today. Visited the house where Hitler stayed as a corporal in the last war, saw the woman who had a baby by him and she told us that the baby, a son, was now fighting in the French army against the Germans."
Russia's state-run NTV has now reportedly taken the saliva sample from Loret and has flown it all the way to Moscow to have the DNA tested against the alleged remains of Hitler. Loret appeared in a TV interview begging the Russians to help him finally solve the riddle of his ancestry and if he is indeed Hitler's grandchild.
He says in the interview: "There are always some doubts, but if DNA test is negative - well, there's nothing to do then. If positive - my thoughts will be confirmed. Actually, either result will be good, as it will be some result.
"If it is negative, I need to find out who my real granddad was. All what I want is to find the truth. It is a search for the truth."
All this may be well and good for the man who wants to solve a family mystery but for some experts around the world, the skull does not actually belong to Hitler. Researchers from the University of Connecticut have done an analysis of the skull and have said that it belongs to a woman who is under the age of 40.
Nick Bellantoni, an archeologist and a bone specialist, told The Guardian: "The bone seemed very thin; male bone tends to be more robust and the sutures where the skull plates come together seemed to correspond to someone under 40."
The infamous Nazi dictator was 56-years-old in 1945 when he allegedly shot himself in his bunker. There have been many theories since then to suggest that he had used stand-ins for himself and his girlfriend, Eva Braun, to make it look like he died.
Conspiracy theorists are convinced that he did not die and that he fled to Argentina instead but we will probably not know the truth.
In any case, Loret's answers to his unlikely relation to Hitler seem like a hit-and-miss at best at this point in time and we can only wait and see what happens.