London: New evidence has come up to support the claims of a late Frenchman, that he was Hitler’s lovechild with a woman from France.
Jean-Marie Loret had said that he was Hitler’s son from a brief relationship with a woman called Charlotte Lobjoie, during the First World War.
Loret, who was born in March 1918, grew up knowing nothing about his father, apart from the fact that he was German.
It was only in the late 1950s, just before her death, that his mother finally told him about his father. She told him that when she was 16 she had a brief affair with Hitler while he was a young soldier fighting in northern France. Her story has divided historians for years.
The new evidence, published in Le Point magazine in Paris, will reignite the debate that began when the claims were first made public in the 1970s by respected German historian, Werner Maser.
Loret’s Paris lawyer, Francois Gibault, confirmed he had given Le Point magazine photographs and documents to support the claims. Gibault also revealed how Loret’s mother had described the affair to her son.
According to her story, the relationship began in 1917. Although Hitler, then 28, was fighting the French near Seboncourt, in the northern Picardy region, he made his way to Fournes-en-Weppe, a town west of Lille, for leave, and it was there he met Lobjoie
The pair started a brief relationship and she said Loret conceived after a ‘tipsy’ evening in June 1917. He was born the following year.
Lobjoie only spoke to her son about his true heritage many years after she had given him up for adoption in the 1930s to a family called Loret.
Jean-Marie Loret grew up to fight the Germans in 1939 and later, during the Nazi occupation, joined the French Resistance.
According to Mrs Loret, the love affair with Hitler began while he was fighting the French near Seboncourt.
The news of his father’s identity appalled him and for 20 years he tried to forget it, the Daily Mail reported.
“‘In order not to get depressed, I worked non-stop, never took a holiday, and had no hobbies. For twenty years I didn’t even go to the cinema,” he had said once.
Then, he began investigating his past in great detail, employing scientists to prove he had the same blood type as Hitler, and that they even had similar handwriting.
German Army papers showed that officers brought envelopes of cash to Lobjoie during the Second World War.
After she died, Loret found paintings in her attic which were signed by Hitler. In Germany, a portrait of a woman painted by the Fuhrer emerged that looked remarkably like Lobjoie.
Jean-Marie Loret died in 1985, aged 67.
“Jean-Marie Loret first came to see me in 1979, but was a bit lost and did not know whether he wanted to be publicly recognised as Hitler’s son, or to erase all that completely,” Gibault said.
“He had the feelings of many illegitimate children - the desire to find a past, however heavy...I talked with him a lot, playing the role of psychologist rather than lawyer,” he added.