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Myths and Legends
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Copy of birth certificate of William Patrick Hitler

© Courtesy of Mike Royden
Your Story: Adolf Hitler - did he visit Liverpool during 1912-13?

There is a story that surfaces from time to time which meets with a flurry of activity between believers and disbelievers, which then disappears until enough time has lapsed for the story to gather credibility again and thus cause interest. And it is this: Adolf Hitler lived in Liverpool before World War One with his half brother Alois. It conjures up many images - the young artist studying the architecture, improving his mind and learning the language, standing on the Kop.

In fact, what has been published is even more ludicrous - idling away the time learning about his future with an astrological mystic neighbour, followed by a quick shufftie down to the docks to make a note of the shipping using the port for future reference should Germany ever go to war with, say, Britain for example. So aside from the elaborations, is there any truth at all in this story? More...

Words: M W Royden

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