Hitler’s French Family
Among other bad things about Hitler, he was moody, self-involved, bombastic, paid scant attention to his French girlfriend, and abandoned her and their illegitimate son. Why didn’t I hear about this story when it broke?
Most interesting to me is the article’s contention that Loret’s children have a shot at collecting royalties for Mein Kampf. It didn’t seem likely to me (wouldn’t his estate have been seized after the war?) so I did a little digging and found a story on Slate from a few years ago about the profits from his paintings:
Hitler did produce a last will and testament leaving his inheritance to his three siblings. But the German state of Bavaria seized all of Hitler’s property after the Third Reich fell in 1945, and it currently owns the rights to his estate. Some historians have speculated that Hitler’s living family members—there are more than a dozen residing in Germany, Austria, and Long Island—could sue the state of Bavaria and claim royalties for the Führer’s literary and artistic work. But none has come forward to claim a cut from the auction. The odds of getting paid would be slim, and the potential fallout from trying to profit off the genocidal maniac’s work is enormous.
Not only that, the article goes on to say, Hitler sold international rights to Mein Kampf, which goes out of copyright in 2015.
Amazing what you can learn on the Internet!
Maybe a reality show can arrange a family reunion between the Furher’s legitimate and illegitimate heirs.
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