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Hitler and Unity Mitford's Illegitimate Child

Did Unity Mitford have Hitler's illegitimate child?

Did Unity Mitford have Hitler's illegitimate child?


Is Hitler's illegitimate child living in England?

According to conspiracy theorists, high society debutante, Unity Mitford, gave birth to Adolf Hitler's love child in England in 1940. Crazy though this may seem, there is some evidence to point to this and it's actually quite convincing, believe it or not.

The two certainly had a close relationship although opinion is divided as to whether this was a physical one. There are many proven facts - not conjecture - that show that they were very close indeed.Unity was one of the famous Mitford sisters and the daughter of well-connected Baron Resedale.

She first went to Germany in 1934 and thereafter lived there for long periods of time. There is no doubt that she was infatuated by Hitler but why should the chancellor of Germany form such a close relationship with an English girl twenty five years his junior?


Adolf Hitler

What we have to remember when examining this relationship is the mood of the time. To us today the very name is abhorrent. We think of Hitler, and rightly so, as a monster. But we have the benefit of hindsight.In the early nineteen thirties, for many people in England, he was seen as being a modern and enlightened leader.

Unemployment had dropped dramatically and the new leader had been responsible for many of the country's improvements. Indeed, when Unity's mother visited her in Germany, she was extremely impressed by the country.War was the furthest thing from anyone's mind and at that time, Hitler was seen in a positive light.

Why did he befriend her?

Of course, she was an attractive and well-educated young woman. But he was busy leading a nation. If we are to believe that their relationship was platonic, we should also take these factors into account.

  • As we now know, Hitler was extremely superstitious and employed astrologers and fortune tellers. The fact that Unity was conceived in a small town in Canada called Swastika could have appealed to his superstitious side.
  • Similarly, her middle name was Valkyrie. Hitler was a huge admirer of German composer Wagner (who wrote The Valkyries) and with his superstitious nature, possibly saw this as a 'sign'. She had further historical connections with German culture.
  • With her naturally blonde hair, pale flawless skin and china blue eyes, she was his idea of the epitome of Aryan womanhood. Today we tend to think of 'Aryan' as meaning Germanic but in those days the word was used where we would probably say 'caucasian'. Before the Second World War it had none of the undertones that we think about today.
  • On a more practical note, the Mitford family was related to, and socialised with, the Churchills. This made Unity a valuable contact in addition to all the other high-placed British people who were in her family's social circle.
  • In similar vein, Unity's sister was engaged in a highly scandalous affair with Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists. (The couple were later married). It must have been clear to Hitler that Unity's family had immense power in the UK, should they choose to use it.


She came from a family that was charmingly eccentric and seemingly lot of fun. Of her siblings, only one sister is still alive (she was born in 1920) and I suspect that eventually we will know more about the family.

They are still greatly respected and it may be that there are stories that won't be told until there is no-one left to suffer from them. Plus, as time passes, documents become available which might give us more insight into what really happened. Some of these are already beginning to appear.

What happened to Unity is a matter of conjecture but what we do know is the following:

  • In 1939, Unity was in Germany when war was declared. She was distraught at the idea of the two countries, both of which she loved, being at war. She said that she had tried for the duration of their friendship to persuade Hitler that war with England shouldn't come about. She felt that she had failed.
  • On September 3rd.,she received confirmation by telegram that war had indeed been confirmed. She then wrote a letter to her parents, effectively saying goodbye and that it would be her last letter. She then went and paid a few outstanding bills.
  • She then took a pearl-handled pistol - allegedly given to her by Hitler - and shot herself in the head.
  • A passer-by rn into a nearby military building to get help. Almost immediately a Luftwaffe car arrived and took Unity. Any witnesses were told not to talk about what they had seen. Unity was alive but she was in a coma and not expected to live.
  • Hitler visited her in hospital. He sent roses. When Unity regained consciousness they spoke on the telephone but she was hardly coherent. When they did finally have a conversation he asked her what she wanted him to do. She said that she wanted to go to England for a short while to recover then return to Germany.
  • He discussed her condition at length with her doctors. He was reportedly 'visibly upset'. He personally paid for her medical bills, paid for her to be transported to Switzerland and saw to the fees of the clinic there.
  • At the end of December, her parents, who had been frantically awaiting news, went to Switzerland and took her home to England. She never returned to Germany.

The conspiracy theory

It is claimed that when Unity returned to England, she was pregnant with Hitler's baby. The chief reason for this is that a small nursing home in the depths of the country was used as a maternity home at the time and that Unity spent some time there was a patient.This nursing home was evidently used by society women who were giving birth to illegitimate babies and had facilities to arrange adoptions.

Even though this was in 1940, witness have been interviewed and their reports conflict. Some say that the pregnancy is a fact, others say that she was there to recover from a nervous breakdown. However, it does seems very likely that she was there - a fact not mentioned by official biographers and denied by her sisters.

Points to consider

  • There was no birth registered. However, this was not unusual, especially in wartime and especially in very rural areas. This was also before the days of the National Health Service and matters such as registrations (especially the birth of an illegitimate baby to a young woman with wealthy parents) were disorganised.
  • There is a conflict in the report by her sister about her condition. The sister had travelled to Switzerland with her mother to collect Unity.She described Unity as dreadfully ill, having had lost thirty pounds, with sunken eyes and with shorn hair. However newsreel footage of her return shows her on a stretcher and a) she is certainly not skinny b) she hardly looks ill and c) her hair is a shoulder-length bob.
  • Those who say that the theory is nonsense say that had Unity been pregnant, a baby bump would have been seen by reporters (and there were lots) when she returned. I wouldn't necessarily agree. If she became pregnant during August - and her return was at the very beginning of January - she would have been just over four or possibly five months pregnant. I know from experience that women at that stage can have no (or a very small) bump. Furthermore, she was swathed in blankets.
  • If she did indeed go to the nursing home because she had a nervous breakdown, why? Her parents owned many properties, many in isolated areas. A nurse could have been hired to care for her in one of these homes. But pregnancy was a more dangerous game in those days and her parents would have wanted her to have the best medical attention rather than a home birth. Plus, the nursing home had adoption facilities.
  • Her family say that the incident left Unity with a mental age of eleven. They also said that for the rest of her life, she was incontinent due to the injury to her brain. However, there is strong evidence that by October 1941 she was having an affair with a married RAF test pilot. (The pilot was then transferred to the wilds of Scotland and later died when he was shot down.) This information comes from official sources. Would a woman with a mental age of eleven who was incontinent have an affair? Would someone have an affair with her? Ew.
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Think carefully

Are you British? Are you a British man who was born in 1940? (It's said that the baby was male). Or are you a woman who is married to a British man who was born in that year?How about your dad or your grandad? Do you know anyone who is male and was born in the UK in 1940?

Then look at them very closely.And don't think that being Hitler's son means that they have to have a funky hairstyle and a silly little moustache. Here we see him smiling (unusual) and without the funky fringe.And don't think that because you / your husband / father / grandfather wasn't adopted puts you in the clear.

I rather imagine that the adoptive parents were paid a hefty sum to never reveal that their offspring was adopted, don't you?

Further reading


See the wonderful Diana Mitford as an elderly lady speaking about Unity and learn how opinion is divided regarding the possibility of a birth. It's known that Unity was in a maternity home but people claim she was there for a rest?

© 2014 Jackie Jackson


woebegone9 on January 14, 2016:

Laura Thompson wrote a book about the Mitford girls. She says Unity's suicide attempt resulted in brain damage and that the bullet remained in the brain in an inoperable position. She also says that Hitler had Unity transferred to a clinic in Switzerland (paying her expenses for same) so that her family could collect her. They did and brought her back to Britain. Apparently she was never the same, estimated to have the IQ/mental capacity of a 10 year old. If she was in a nursing home of some sort, it was because of her need for physical recovery/rehab. Physically she improved, but not mentally. She eventually died at the age of 34. The bullet had worked its way round her skull, eventually causing epilepsy and stroke.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on December 05, 2014:

@oceansunsets - it is such a sad story, isn't it? And it's little known which is such a shame.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 18, 2014:

Well, that was a very interesting hub. It does make you wonder. No matter what, it is such a sad story, what happened to Unity. The whole thing with WW2 was awful. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 11, 2014:

Thanks so much Arachnea, I must look out for that.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 11, 2014:

BritFlorida, yes, there's a branch of the family in Texas, I believe. Austin perhaps. There's a great flow chart online with Hitler's family tree.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 11, 2014:

Thanks @Arachnea - I didn't know anything about Hitler's family in the USA - I must look into that.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 11, 2014:

Pretty fascinating, isn't it?

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 10, 2014:

Great research. I know there are rumors that he had sired a child by another woman, but I didn't know of Unity's possible offspring by him. Also, I had read an article a number of years ago which discusses the branch of Hitler's family which is actually in the USA. I empathize with anyone having to carry the burden of shame that must radiate from Hitler's past. I'm sure it must have touched their lives. In one place it says the remaining males of that branch has sworn of contributing to the gene pool. Loved the hub.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 10, 2014:

My goodness @bravewarrior - I'd never considered that aspect. How horrifying that would be.

my-zone on September 09, 2014:

very interesting story.....

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 09, 2014:

Thanks so much Arachnea -I'm sure you'll enjoy the intrigue :)

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on September 09, 2014:

Britflorida, saw the title and it intrigued me. I'm away from the puter right now but I'll be back later.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 09, 2014:

This is very interesting, Jackie. The possibility of Unity becoming impregnated by Hitler is certainly real, according to the research you've provided. If it is true, I hope the child never discovered who his real father was. Can you imagine learning that your father wanted to eliminate an entire race? And succeeded in killing millions of people based on their heritage alone? I would be mortified!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 09, 2014:

Blimey @ErinMellor. Does he have a tash? We have to remember that Churchill was a close friend of the Mitford family ... you never know.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 09, 2014:

@esmonaco - isn't it unbelievably fascinating? It was a joy to research this story. There are so many twists and turns and although at first it seems to be unbelievable, the facts fit together very well, don't they? Scary!

Erin Mellor from Europe on September 09, 2014:

Oooo ... My Dad was born in England in 1940. I don't think any Mitford baby would have been shipped off to soon-to-be-blitzed Coventry though, not if Uncle Winston had any say in the matter. But that's a conspiracy story for another day.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on September 09, 2014:

Always amazing how you come up with the most mind bending research and then put it into a story to think and think!! Thanks for the history lesson :)

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 08, 2014:

That's a very good point, Linda.

LindaSmith1 from USA on September 08, 2014:

When it comes to Hitler, nothing would surprise me.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on September 08, 2014:

Theoretically (if not in reality) Hitler's illegitimate child could be alive and well and still living in the UK! I wonder...

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on March 30, 2014:

Good mystery and better than anything on tv!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on March 30, 2014:

Ooooo, this is one juicy story, and if true, could really wreak havoc on someone's private life today. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love your stories.

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