As stated in the previous post, The Guardienne [see the link to the Guardienne Paper on ResearchGate], there were twelve important questions about Hitler that needed to be answered in my historical novel, In the Mouth of the Lion. They were:
- Did Hitler have supernatural powers?
- Who killed Geli Raubal, Hitler’s niece?
- Why was Geli Raubal killed?
- How did her murderer get away with it?
- Who is the newest candidate for Hitler’s mystery grandfather?
- Why did Hitler want to eliminate Jews?
- Why did Hitler attack Russia?
- Why did he destroy his father’s home town?
- Did Hitler really have “Jewish blood?”
- What was the connection between Geli’s death and the Holocaust?
- Was Hitler insane?
- What was Hitler’s greatest fear?
Question 1 was addressed in the previous post. Today, I’ll address Questions 2, 3, and 4.
Question 2: Who killed Geli Raubal, Hitler’s niece?
I believe that the answer contained in In the Mouth of the Lion is correct. Could there be even the slightest doubt that Hitler killed her? Geli was Adolf’s half-sister’s daughter, an attractive and talented brunette. She was fifteen when she was taken to visit her half-uncle at the prison in Landsberg-am-Lech. There was mutual attraction.
In 1925, Geli’s mother, Angela Raubal, became Hitler’s housekeeper. Geli, now 17, came with her. Eventually, Geli moved into Hitler’s Munich apartment, but his possessiveness soon created friction between them. Geli was found shot in her room in Der Fuehrer’s apartment on September 19, 1931. Hitler did it, right?
Well, it’s not that simple. For one thing, Hitler had left the previous afternoon in Heinrich Hoffmann’s Mercedes convertible. Geli was seen standing on the balcony, asking (not for the first time) Hitler’s permission to go to Munich in his absence. He yelled, “For the last time, no!” and then he, Hoffmann, and the driver, Julius Schreck, started off for Nuremberg.
Later that afternoon, after Hitler had left, one of the household staff heard “a loud noise.” It was believed that the sound was the shot from the small caliber Walther pistol that killed Geli. The gun belonged to Hitler.
The next morning, Geli didn’t answer when the housekeeper knocked on her door. The door was locked, and the windows were all fastened from the inside. The butler had to break the door to enter. Geli was on the floor, dead. The shot had entered the top of her chest, piercing downward into her lung, a somewhat unusual wound for a suicide.
At the time of the noise, Hitler was seen standing at an open second-floor window, addressing a dozen or more Nazi Party adherents.
A courier dispatched from the hotel in Nuremberg caught up with the Mercedes on its way to Hamburg. Hitler became distraught and ordered Schreck to drive back to Munich at top speed. He then collapsed and was put into the back seat with Hoffmann. Before arriving, they were stopped by a policeman who gave Schreck a speeding ticket.
The Munich police examined Geli’s room and took statements from the household staff. They verified Hitler’s whereabouts at the time of the supposed gunshot. Their conclusion: Death by suicide. The police did little more investigating. It seemed an “open and shut case.” There was no autopsy, and Geli’s death remains a suicide in the Munich Police records to this day.
Hitler was extremely depressed by her death, and, according to witnesses, obtained a pistol with the intent of killing himself. His close associates took the weapon away from him.
Because of Hitler’s notoriety and the unpopularity of his Nazi Party, there were many rumors about Geli’s death, most of them pointing at her uncle. Other suspects, in the popular mind and in the newspapers, included the Gestapo and Heinrich Himmler. Hitler felt it necessary to make a lengthy statement, which was printed in one of the Munich newspapers.
So Hitler couldn’t have killed Geli. But he did. The train of logic establishing him as her killer is contained in In the Mouth of the Lion.
Question 3: Why was Geli Raubal killed?
At the time, Hitler claimed Geli was depressed that her singing career was not progressing. He’d forbidden her to go to Vienna while he was in Nuremberg, another supposed factor in her suicide. There were rumors that she was pregnant by one of Hitler’s guards or by a Jew in Vienna. The truth is shocking.
Question 4: How did her murderer get away with it?
These last two questions are covered fully in In the Mouth of the Lion. The motivation behind Geli’s death was the same as for the Holocaust. It is possible that Hitler’s guilt for killing her made the Holocaust more likely.
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.