Adolf Hitler’s sister-in-law grew up in Clondalkin in County Dublin.
Bridget Elizabeth Hitler, née Dowling, married Alois Hitler Jr, Adolf’s older half-brother, in 1910.
She was subsequently to be the mother of Alois Hitler’s son: William Patrick Hitler.
Not to be outdone in family fantasy, Alois Hitler Jr claimed to be a wealthy hotelier touring Europe.
In actual fact, he was a waiter in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel when, in 1909, the suave gent met Bridget and her father, William, for the first time, at the Dublin Horse Show.
The following June, the 17-year‑old Bridget eloped to London to marry Alois.
Bridget later wrote a book – which she herself described as fanciful – in which Adolf came to stay with his brother and Bridget in Britain in 1913 to avoid conscription at home and she advised him to trim the ends off his moustache.
She also claimed to have introduced Adolf to astrology.
None of these claims were ever verified.
The rest was madness.
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