William Patrick Hitler did not exactly disown his infamous uncle at first, so much as try to take advantage of him.
The U.K.-born relation persuaded dictator Adolf to find jobs for him in late-1930s Germany, dined out on his connection to the Fuhrer and reportedly even attempted to blackmail the instigator of the Holocaust.
But by the time the son of Hitler’s half-brother had arrived in the United States in 1939, he was taking a decidedly different tack.
He published an article in Look magazine called “Why I hate my uncle,” went on a similar-themed tour sponsored by newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and later served in the U.S. Navy.
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