A team of American researchers from the University of Harvard claim to have demonstrated that the skull fragment of Adolf Hitler, secretly preserved for decades by Soviet intelligence, belonged to a woman.
DNA analyses performed on the bone, held for decades by the Russian State Archive in Moscow, have been processed at the genetics lab of the University of Harvard. The results, to be broadcast next month in History Channel’s new series Hunting Hitler, which explores alternative theories surrounding the ruler’s death, completely astonished scientists.
“Although similar testing in 2009 by a research team at the University of Connecticut led to the same conclusion, we could barely admit to the truth of our findings” explains Professor of Forensic anthropology, Hans Verner. “How is this possible? How could Hitler have hided this aspect of his life from historians for so long?” he admits, visibly puzzled by the results.
The recent study is believed to be the most in-depth analysis of the Fuhrer’s skull ever made, which makes the discovery twice as puzzling.
“The 2009 study made by the University of Connecticut research team presented several flaws which led the scientific community to boycott the results of the previous research” explains PhD student James K. O’Connor. “Although we used highly advanced technology which did not exist at the time, we arrived at dramatically similar results” he acknowledges. “Our results clearly imply that the skull possessed by the Russian State Archive is 100% female” he told local reporters.
Was Hitler a woman?
Swiss author and celebrated historian, Abraham Zerlig, has claimed for over 38 years the results of the latest findings.
“It was during my years as a teacher at the University of West Berlin in the 70â²s that I had privileged access to Adolf Hitler’s medical files. His personal physician at the time, Helmut Lang, had noted a number of physiological anomalies that led him to believe that Hitler was in fact a woman” he recounts.
“I had the opportunity to discuss these questions in detail with the physician himself before he past away in 1981. I have described these anomalies in detail in my 1976 best-selling book Die Frau hinter Hitler (The woman behind Hitler). At last, the life work of my good and regretted friend, Dr Helmut Lang, has finally been vindicated” he explained this week in an interview on German television.
A 2010 German documentary on the controversial subject of Adolf Hitler allegedly being a woman sparked national outcry when a group of German Neo-Nazis attacked members of the film crew and stabbed one member to death, leading to the arrest and conviction of five people.