London: Adolf Hitler stayed in Liverpool for five months before World War I in a flat which was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombers in the Second World War 30 years later, according to a new research.
The then 23-year-old shared the flat with his married half-brother Alois Hitler Jnr in Toxteth from November 1912 to April 1913.
During his stay, he wandered around the city and relaxed in the Poste House pub relishing pints.
NAZI Fuhrer also enjoyed a sightseeing tour of London and was so fascinated by Tower Bridge that he bribed his way into the engine room so he could see the machinery at work.
The claims come from an author exploring a long-held theory that the 23-year-old Hitler shared a flat in the city before World War I, the Daily Mail reported.
In his book, `The Hitlers of Liverpool`, Mike Unger has claimed that the future Fuhrer fled to Merseyside from Vienna, to avoid being conscripted into the Austrian army
Unger’s claims come under scrutiny in a BBC documentary that aims to explore the truth or fiction behind the tale.
The suggestion that Hitler lived in the city first appeared in the little-known memoirs of his sister-in-law Bridget Dowling.
In her memoirs, Bridget revealed how she married Alois in London before the couple settled in Liverpool.
The visit was funded by the money Alois sent for his sister Angela in November 1912 to join him but, to his fury, his half brother used it and travelled to Liverpool instead.
Bridget asserted that during his stay at their Toxteth home, Hitler was an unprepossessing and lazy guest.
“Adolf took everything we did for granted and I’m sure would have remained indefinitely if he had had the slightest encouragement,” Bridget said.
“After the first few weeks he would often come and sit in my cosy little kitchen playing with my two-year-old baby, while I was preparing our meals.”
She also said her husband showed Adolf power plants, river cranes and the inside of ships and as soon as her brother-in-law knew his way around Liverpool he began disappearing by himself, not returning until late in the evening.
“He said he was looking for a job, but since he knew only a few words of English and never left early in the morning, it was always my opinion that he just wandered about Liverpool.”
As the visit lengthened, relations between the two brothers became more and more strained to the point when, in April 1913, Alois allegedly bought his half-brother a ticket to Germany and put him on a train.