Eva Braun had Jewish roots, claims a UK television show that charts the DNA of historical figures.
“Dead Famous DNA,” a popular series on Britain’s Channel 4, tested the genetics of Hitler’s infamous wife, using strands of hair taken from Braun’s comb.
The findings showed the Aryan first lady possessed a genetic sequence on her maternal side called haplogroup N1b1, which is “strongly associated” with Ashkenazi Jews.
“This is a thought-provoking outcome — I never dreamt that I would find such a potentially extraordinary and profound result,” the show’s host, Mark Evans, says at one point in the program.
The hairbrush in question was originally found at Braun’s Bavaria home by US Army intel officer Paul Baer after the war. Antiquities dealer John Reznikoff purchased the brush in the 70’s, and in turn sold the item to the “Dead Famous” series for an estimated $2,000.
The BBC, which runs Channel 4, said in a statement: “In the nineteenth century, many Ashkenazi Jews in Germany converted to Catholicism, so Eva Braun is highly unlikely to have known her ancestry and – despite research he instigated into Braun’s race – neither would Hitler.”
Braun and Hitler became romantically involved in the early 1930’s and wed on April 29, 1945. Only two days later, the pair committed suicide as the Allies drew closer.
The results of the DNA testing are not technically conclusive, as two living female relatives of Braun’s refused to provide genetic samples to compare with the hair strands.
The Eva Braun episode of “Dead Famous DNA” will premiere on Channel 4 on April 9.