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France finds lost spy file on young Hitler

The Local · 20 Nov 2009, 11:46

Published: 20 Nov 2009 11:46 GMT+01:00

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The director of the Archives Nationales Isabelle Neuschwander told the paper that the report from 1924 was found in a safe that contains some of the institutions’ most important documents.

It refers to Hitler as “Adolphe Jacob,” who the French intelligence agents defined as a journalist due to activities at the NSDAP (Nazi Party) daily, the Völkischer Beobachter. Giving Hitler the incorrect name Jacob may have been due to a popular rumour at the time that said he had Jewish roots, the paper said.

The file also had the future German dictator’s date of birth and birthplace wrong, saying he was born nine years too early in 1880 in Passau, Germany instead of the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn.

Hitler was the head of the NSDAP when the A4-size record was made, and it refers to him as the “German Mussolini,” going on to say he "is not an idiot but (...) a very skillful demagogue."

He was also said to have “failed miserably” at his attempted putsch on November 8, 1923 – an effort for which he served a jail sentence that provided time to write his book “Mein Kampf.”

Neuschwander said she did not know when the document was placed in the safe, where Napoleon Bonaparte’s last testament and constitutional documents from France’s different epochs are housed.

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“This file is not worthy of remaining in the 'Iron Closet,' which should remain a place where only really prestigious pieces are preserved,” she told the paper, referring to the nickname of the main national archive building in Paris.

The document will soon be transferred to a more suitable archive, which holds some 6,600 documents on German history and the Franco-German relationship during the two world wars, she added.

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12:40 November 20, 2009 by mixxim
Since Hitler lost every frenchman who lived at that time claims to have been with the resistance, the thousands who denounced Jews did not exist. History is written by the victors! If the result had been different, no doubt Britain would have been blamed for the devastation in France.

Better they just shut up.
15:44 November 20, 2009 by derExDeutsche
@ mixxim

could not have said it better myself.

France is still bitter that the Allies won.
18:28 November 20, 2009 by romber58
I mean who does this woman"Neuschwender "think that she is,???."This file is not worthy.....she said.....must be Ratzinger,s sister,or some other Idiot with similar delusions of granduer...
20:22 November 21, 2009 by kamioner
Since Mmxim broght it up, how stupid to even think or mention that the allies should have lost the war and Germany won. Among its great creations like Heine, Schiller, Goethe, Brahms, etc. one can also include the creation of Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka, Bergen Belsen, Sobibor, Belzec, thousands of sattelite labor and death camps for the purpose of murdering Jews, gypsys, homosexuals, intellectuals and any one who disagreed with Hitler and his Henchemen, who were at one time normal Germans. Germany and Hitler brought the destruction of Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, etc. on themselves.Germany is the country who resents the allied victory because they wanted to rule the world. How sick is that? And these are called "normal Germans.' Normal Murders I would have to say.
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