New evidence suggests Adolf Hitler
had a son with a French teenager while serving as a soldier during the First World War, The Telegraph reported on Friday.
Jean-Marie Loret, who died in 1985 at the age of 67, never met his father, but went on to fight Nazi forces during the Second World War, aaccording to the British daily.
The Telegraph said the son's remarkable story has now been backed up by compelling evidence, both in France
and in Germany,
which is published in the latest edition of Paris' Le Point magazine.
According to the report, Hitler is said to have had an affair with Loret's mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, 16, as he took a break from the war in June 1917.
Lobjoie later told their son: "One day I was cutting hay with other women, when we saw a German soldier on the other side of the street.
"He had a sketch pad and seemed to be drawing. All the women found this interesting, and were curious to know what he was drawing. I was designated to approach him."
According to the report, the pair started a brief relationship, which resulted in the birth of Jean-Marie, who was born in March 1918 after being conceived during a 'tipsy' evening in June 1917.
Lobjoie also told Jean-Marie: "When your father was around, which was very rarely, he liked to take me for walks in the countryside.
"But these walks usually ended badly. In fact, your father, inspired by nature, launched into speeches which I did not really understand.
"He did not speak French, but solely ranted in German, talking to an imaginary audience. Even if I spoke German I would not be able to follow him, as the histories of Prussia, Austria and Bavaria where not familiar to me at all, far from it.
"My reaction used to anger your father so much that I did not show any reaction."
The Telegraph said Lobjoie ended up giving her only son away for adoption in the 1930s to a family called Loret.
Hitler would not recognize Jean-Marie, but continued to stay in contact with Miss Lobjoie.
The report said Loret went on to fight the Germans in 1939, defending the Maginot Line before it was bypassed during the Nazi invasion which resulted in France being occupied from 1940 until 1944.
Loret even joined the French Resistance, and was given the codename 'Clement,' according to the evidence.
Just before her death in the early 1950s, Lobjoie finally told Jean-Marie who his father was.
Loret said, "In order not to get depressed, I worked non-stop, never took a holiday, and had no hobbies. For 20 years I didn't even go to the cinema."
According to the report, Loret began investigating his past in great detail, employing scientists to prove that he had the same blood type as Hitler, and that they even have similar handwriting.
Photographs of the two also revealed an astonishing resemblance, The Telegraph said.
"Other elements which corroborate the story are official Wehrmacht, or German Army, papers which show that officers brought envelopes of cash to Miss Lobjoie during the Second World War," the British daily reported.
When Lobjoie died, the report said, Loret also found paintings in her attic which were signed by Hitler, who was an accomplished artist.
In Germany, meanwhile, a picture of a woman painted by Hitler looked exactly like Miss Lobjoie.
Francois Gibault, Loret's Paris lawyer, was quoted by The Telegraph as saying, "He first came to see me in 1979, but was a bit lost and did not know whether he wanted to be publicly recognized as Hitler's son, or to erase all that completely.
"He had the feelings of many illegitimate children: the desire to find a past, however heavy, but also the fear of returning to the old routine," said the attorney.
"I talked with him a lot, playing the role of psychologist rather than lawyer."