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  • Hitler was an incredibly rich man when he wrote  his last will and testament in the bunker where  

  • he would take his life. He had amassed a fortune  from the sales of Mein Kamf, business deals,  

  • and private investments. But who got Hitler's  money after his death? What else was in his  

  • will? And could there be a massive fortune  hidden away somewhere waiting to be found?

  • As Nazi Germany fell during  the end of World War II,  

  • Hitler committed suicide and transferred his  power to other members of the Nazi regime.  

  • But before he did this he wrote a will. There  were three copies of the will distributed,  

  • and all may have been lost to time if it had  not been for a British intelligence officer  

  • named Herman Rothman. He was deployed to Germany  to interrogate high level Nazi officials for  

  • information. While on assignment he spottedsuspicious man dressed in civilian clothing.  

  • Rothman decided something didn't seem right, and  that the man warranted further investigation.

  • He discovered the German man was carrying  falsified documents. It turned out the  

  • impostor was Heinz Lorenz. Lorenz was  the press secretary for Joseph Goebbels,  

  • the man who was made Chancellor of Nazi Germany  by Hitler just before he committed suicide.  

  • Sewn into one of the seams of Lorenz's jack  were three documents. They were: a final  

  • political statement written by Hitler himself, a  document written by Goebbels, and Hitler's will.

  • As you might expect the political statement  was wildly racist against the Jewish people.  

  • Hitler blamed them for his own shortcomingsand for causing Nazi Germany to lose the war.  

  • Thus reinforcing what a lunatic Hitler wasBut what was in his will? Who got his fortune?

  • The first thing Hitler talks  about in his will is his new wife,  

  • Eva Braun. Up until right before their double  suicide, Eva and Adolf were not yet married.  

  • Eva was the aid to Hitler's official photographerThey first met during a photo shoot of thehrer.  

  • Hitler and Braun developed a relationshipand when opportunities presented themselves,  

  • spent time alone together. Hitler explained in his  will that he was too busy to marry, and that was  

  • why they did it right before their deaths. Some  scholars have their own theories about why Hitler  

  • waited so long to marry Braun, but according  to Hitler's will, at the end of April in 1945,  

  • the two were joined in matrimony. Hitler goes on to declare that Eva  

  • Braun made the decision under her own  freewill to commit suicide with him.  

  • Whether this is true or not, we will never knowbut in his will Hitler claims this to be the case.

  • In the next part of his will Hitler discusses  what will happen to his belongings and money.  

  • He states that everything he possesses that has  any value should be given to the Nazi Party.  

  • However, Hitler writes it in a way that  seems as if he doesn't own much of anything.  

  • This is far from the truth as he amassed  a fortune from the sales of Mein Kampf,  

  • as well as through royalties on images of himselfand business deals. Hitler continues by saying  

  • that if the Nazi Party does not survive that  his belongings should be given to the State,  

  • and if the State doesn't survive then all is  lost, and his wishes are no longer necessary.

  • Hitler does make specific arrangements for his  paintings and pictures, which he had collected  

  • over the years. They were to be given to LintzAustria, the town in which he grew up. There he  

  • wanted the art to be displayed in a gallery for  the public, and not as a private collection.

  • It is in the next part of the will  that Hitler mentions his money. Yet,  

  • he still does not acknowledge the massive sum  he has accumulated over the course of his rise  

  • to power. Hitler gives Martin Bormannhis private secretary and Nazi official,  

  • full legal authority to make decisions based  on his will. Hitler states that everything of  

  • sentimental value, and the funds necessary formodest life, should be given to his brothers and  

  • sisters. However, it would seem his own family  was not quite as important as someone else.

  • Hitler goes on to say that above all Eva  Braun's mother should be taken care of.  

  • He was more intentional in including her  directly in his will than his own family.  

  • This seems odd, but then again, Hitler  was an odd man. He also put in his will  

  • that all of his faithful co-workersparticularly his secretary Frau Winter,  

  • should be looked after as well. There is  no specific number or amount of money each  

  • should receive, which means it was up to the  discretion of Bormann. However, we know that  

  • Hitler's fortune was massive, so if his last will  and testament was followed, there was a hefty sum  

  • of money that could have been distributed  among the parties described in the will.

  • Hitler concludes his will by saying that heand his now wife Eva Braun, would rather escape  

  • disgrace by choosing death over being capturedHe also included that once he took Eva's life and  

  • then his own their bodies were to be immediately  burnt. He signed the will: “Given in Berlin, 29th  

  • April 1945, 4:00 a.m. A. Hitler.” Below his name  the three witnesses of the will signed as well.  

  • They were: Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Martin  Bormann, and Colonel Nicholaus von Below.

  • It was not a very long will, and did not  contain many specifics, but it did give us  

  • a glimpse into what would happen to Hitler's  belongings once he took his own life. However,  

  • this begs the question: what really happened  to all of Hitler's possession and money?  

  • The surprising thing is, we aren't entirely sure.

  • We know for a fact that Mein Kampf made Hitler  very rich. By the time of his death in 1945 the  

  • book had sold about eight million copiesand had been translated into 16 languages.  

  • It is estimated that Hitler earned around  one million dollars per year in royalties.  

  • Some of this money was used to buy his Alpine  retreatnamed the Berghof, which was located  

  • near the town of Berchtesgaden in Germany. This  was not a cheap estate, so Hitler must have spent  

  • a significant amount of money on it. He also felt  he had enough money that once he becamehrer, he  

  • forwent the salary associated with the position. In Mein Kampf, and other writings, Hitler talked  

  • about his earlier life in poverty and hardshipHe was a struggling artist in Vienna before  

  • fighting in World War I and the publication of his  influential book. He talked about how he overcame  

  • all odds to succeed and make enough money to live  comfortably. Once he had money it was reported  

  • that he spent millions on gifts and payments to  buy the loyalty of politicians and businessmen.  

  • The payments would allow him to be able to call  in favors and make others dependent on him.  

  • Obviously this would not have been  possible without massive sums of money.

  • Once he becamehrer Hitler no longer thought  of there being a divide between his personal  

  • money and that of the Nazi Party. He would use  funds from both his own wealth and the State to  

  • buy property, art, and make business deals. It  is also well established that before becoming  

  • thehrer Hitler was a tax evader. He was in  debt through back taxes until he rose to power.

  • And once in power the money continued to  flow into his pockets. Big businesses would  

  • make huge contributions to his effortsso that they could secure military and  

  • infrastructure contracts. It is estimated  that from the time he started as chancellor,  

  • until his suicide in 1945, Hitler received over  three billion dollars in corporate payments.

  • So what happened to all of  Hitler's money? Is it still  

  • out there in the world waiting to be discovered?

  • In his will Hitler says he wanted all his  property and wealth to go to the Nazi Party.  

  • However, we know that the Nazi's were defeatedand therefore, the will defaults to the next  

  • beneficiary which was the State. In a way  the State did get much of Hitler's wealth.

  • At the end of the war the Allies gave the  copyrights of Mein Kampf to the Bavarian  

  • government. There was still a lot of potential  money that could have been brought in by owning  

  • the copyrights to the book. However, the  government banned any reprinting of the  

  • work in Germany, and therefore, those funds  stopped coming in. Both Hitler's Berghof  

  • estate in the Alps and his apartment in Munich  were also given to Bavaria. So it would seem  

  • that a lot of Hitler's assets did actually  go to the State like he wanted in his will.

  • However, most of this was in the form  of physical and intellectual property.  

  • What happened to his expensive  art collections and actual money?

  • There are accounts of Hitler's house in the Alps  being bombed by Allied forces and then looted by  

  • the soldiers. It is possible that much of the  artwork that Hitler had collected was stolen  

  • during this time. We also don't know exactly  what was in Hitler's house when it was raided.  

  • We know the Nazis liked to create secret passages  and bunkers. If there were such secrets within  

  • Berghof perhaps the soldiers who found them were  able to get away with money and other valuables.

  • In 1952 what remained of Hitler's Berghof  house was blown up by the Bavarian government  

  • to keep it from attracting tourists and people  who may have still shared Hitler's ideologies.  

  • With the destruction of the house  anything that may have been hidden within  

  • would have been lost. Hitler's  apartment in Munich is still there,  

  • but it has been converted intopolice station instead of a residence.

  • So it would seem that the Bavarian government  did in fact receive some of Hitler's possession  

  • as per his will. However, when trying to  follow the actual money, and where it went,  

  • things become a bit unclear. Since his fortune was  so intertwined with the money of the Nazi Party,  

  • it is possible that much of his wealth was spent  on the war effort at the end of World War II.  

  • That being said, is it possible that some of the  money and valuables that once belonged to Hitler  

  • were smuggled out of Nazi Germany by deserters  and officers trying to escape Allied forces? Yes,  

  • it's possible. However, we may never know how much  of Hitler's fortune was disseminated this way.

  • Hitler knew he would lose World War II, and rather  than being tried for his crimes, he decided to  

  • take his own life and that of his brand new brideJust before he committed suicide Hitler did write  

  • a will, and in it he laid out what to do with his  possessions. But he was somewhat vague about the  

  • extent of his actual wealth in the documentIt would seem that most of what Hitler owned  

  • went to the Bavarian State, however, his  fortune is not completely accounted for.  

  • Perhaps some of Hitler's money and valuables  are still out there waiting to be discovered.  

  • Or perhaps everything he had and owned was lost  or plundered during the war that he started.

  • Now watchHow Rich Was Hitler  (Where Did All His Money Come From).”  

  • Or check outHitler's Actual  Plan for Taking Over America.”

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What Was Found Inside Hitler's Last Will

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