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'Curse of the Worst Family Name' Lives On

Hitler's great-nephew describes broken engagement in interview
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
In this Dec. 5, 1931, file photo, Adolf Hitler is saluted as he leaves the party's Munich headquarters.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Hitler became Hiller, then Stuart-Houston. The name changes allowed Adolf Hitler's last living descendants on his father's side to keep a quiet life in New York, the New York Post reports via German newspaper Bild, which recently visited Hitler's three great-nephews on Long Island. Sons of Hitler's UK-born nephew William Patrick Hitler—who reportedly received a tongue-lashing from his uncle for interviews with the press before joining the US Navy in World War II and then moving to Patchogue—Louis and Brian Stuart-Houston shooed away a reporter with eight lawn sprinklers. But eldest brother Alexander Stuart-Houston, who lives about 45 minutes away from his siblings, answered his door.

Commenting on what Bild calls "the curse of the worst family name in world history," the 68-year-old said one of the three brothers was engaged to a Jewish woman, but she ended up calling it off, per AFP. Alexander, whose middle name is Adolf, appeared focused on the present, however, touting his support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "She's good. She seems to be an intelligent and smart person," he said. Describing himself and his siblings as steadfast Republicans, he added, "The last person I would say I admire is Donald Trump. He is definitely not one of my favorites ... I just don't like liars." (Read more Adolf Hitler stories.)

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