Adolf Hitler was a highly secretive individual. Actually, “private” might be a more accurate description, because he was secretive about private matters – his personal life, his background, and his family.
All through his life he made the strongest efforts not only to glorify (which is natural for The Führer), but also to conceal his personality. Hardly any other prominent figure in history so covered his tracks, as far as his personal life was concerned. He was forever bent on muddying still further the opaque background of his origins and family.
During his lifetime, Hitler was unapproachable and impenetrable even for those in his close company. As a leader of the struggling young NSDAP, he regarded any interest in his private life as insulting. When he became the absolute ruler of Germany, he explicitly forbade to make any of it public.
The statements of all those who knew him more than casually, from a friend of his youth to the members of his intimate dinner circle, stress how he liked to keep his distance and preserve his privacy.
In 1930, when rumors arose that his enemies were preparing to throw light on his family background, Hitler appeared very upset: “These people must not be allowed to find out who I am. They must not know where I come from and who my family is.”
It is a well-established fact that at least once Adolf Hitler resorted to murder (contract killing, to be more precise). On June 30th, 1934 (the infamous Night of the Long Knives), a group of the SS men acting on Hitler’s orders, arrested Father Bernhard Stempfle – a one-time close confidant of Adolf Hitler and took him to Dachau concentration camp.
He did not get there. The next morning his body was found in the woods near Harlaching (one of the city districts in Munich). According to an official report by the SS, he was shot dead while trying to escape (a very common cover-up for the premeditated murder those days).
It is generally believed that Hitler ordered him killed because Father Stempfle knew something about a strange and mysterious relationship between Adolf Hitler and his half-niece Geli Raubal. Or about something else (he was a close confidant of Hitler for years, after all).
Something that – if made public – could have cause a major damage to the image of Adolf Hitler and this to the Nazi propaganda machine, Nazi system and the whole Nazi cause. So Father Stempfle had to go – and was gone.
Hitler’s relationship with Geli Raubal is a subject of another conspiracy. According to this theory, Hitler and Geli had a sexual relationship (which makes sense) and Geli got pregnant (or told him that she got pregnant – to get out of their relationship). Which was getting more and more uncomfortable to her – by the day.
She agreed to abort the baby – but only on a condition that Hitler lets her go (i.e. sets her free). She wanted to go to Vienna to continue her singing lessons, to start a romantic relationship with a man she liked – in short, to liberate herself from his yoke.
Her pregnancy – if revealed – could have very well put an end to his political career (and thus to his Divine Mission). So he killed her – shot with his Walther PPK pistol. Or (more likely) arranged for a contract killing. If it is true, the killing has been done very professionally – The police ruled out foul play; the death was officially declared a suicide.
This theory is plausible – at 23, she simply could have run away so she had no reason to commit suicide. However, there is no tangible evidence whatsoever that would confirm it.
Another individual who could have been killed on Hitler’s orders for the same reason was Reinhold Hanisch – his business partner in 1909-10 in Vienna (the partnership that lifted Hitler out of poverty).
According to official (i.e. Hitler’s) version of events, the seed money for this partnership was provided by Hitler’s beloved aunt. The reality could very well have been different. Very different.
Hanisch was a petty criminal who was imprisoned in Berlin for three months in 1907 for theft, and in 1908 was sentenced to six months in prison. So it is entirely possible that the money that they used to start a business (Hitler painted postcards and Hanisch sold them) came from the sale of goods stolen by the latter.
With Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in the spring of 1933, Hanisch became an object of interest. The Bavarian journalist and anti-Nazi Konrad Heiden, who was writing the first authoritative biography of Hitler, turned to Hanisch, then the only known witness of Hitler’s Vienna period.
Hanisch readily supplied information and was paid well. In the following years Hanisch made money from numerous interviews with national and international newspapers.
Hanisch kept his mouth shut about the financial origins of his partnership with Hitler (knowing very well that the revelation of the latter would have meant a certain death sentence).
However, at some point Hitler decided that death is the most reliable gag. Hanisch could not keep himself out of trouble with the law and in December of 1936 ended up in prison in Vienna (at that time still an independent nation).
According to the records of the Viennese authorities, Hanisch died after two months incarceration – on February 2nd, 1937, of a heart attack in prison in Vienna. Hitler biographer Joachim Fest claims Hitler had Hanisch murdered (apparently he has some proof of the latter at his disposal).