Yep, the Rumors Are True: Hitler Only Had One Testicle

A German professor says medical records from 1923 can put the rumors to rest
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 5:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Yep, the Rumors Are True: Hitler Only Had One Testicle
This undated file photo shows Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun while dining.   (AP Photo/US Army Signal Corps from Eva Braun's album, File)

Good news for the many on the planet weirdly fascinated by rumors about Adolf Hitler's genitals: It has long been suggested that Hitler only had one testicle—there's even a British schoolyard song that mocks him for it—and that it was a shrapnel casualty in World War I's Battle of the Somme. But now medical documents that surfaced in 2010 but have only recently been officially analyzed suggest that at least when he was imprisoned in 1923 after a failed coup he had what's called "right-side cryptorchidism," meaning that testicle never descended into the scrotum, as is typical in childhood, reports the Guardian.

"The experienced medical officer immediately recognized the condition," German historian Peter Fleischmann, who analyzed the documents, told German tabloid Bild, via the Huffington Post. His right testicle was "probably stunted," though Hitler's childhood doctor apparently told American interrogators in 1943 that his genitals were "completely normal," and a Polish priest and amateur historian once said a German army medic who treated Hitler mentioned the shrapnel injury. Whether the testicle in question eventually descended and was later injured or never in fact descended at all, it does in fact appear to be true that Hitler "has only got one ball," as the song goes. (Other medical notes suggest Hitler was fond of cocaine and suffered from uncontrollable flatulence.)

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