Adolf Hitler had a son with a French teenager while serving as a soldier during the First World War, according to new evidence. Jean-Marie Loret, who died in 1985 aged 67, never met his father, but went on to fight Nazi forces during the Second World War.
Love child: Hitler is said to have had an affair with Charlotte Lobjoie, 16, as he took a break from the trenches in June 1917. File Pic/Getty Images
His extraordinary story has now been backed up by a range of compelling evidence. Hitler is said to have had an affair with Loret's mother, Charlotte Lobjoie (16), as he took a break from the trenches in June 1917.
Hitler made his way to Fournes-in-Weppe, a small town west of Lille, for regular leave. There he met Lobjoie, who later told their son: "One day I was cutting hay with other women, when we saw a German soldier on the other side of the street.
"He had a sketch pad and seemed to be drawing. All the women found this interesting, and were curious to know what he was drawing. I was designated to approach him."
The pair started a brief relationship, which resulted in the birth of Jean-Marie, who was born in March 1918.
Lobjoie later told Jean-Marie: "When your father was around, which was very rarely, he liked to take me for walks in the countryside. But these walks usually ended badly. In fact, your father, inspired by nature, launched into speeches which I did not really understand."
Lobjoie ended up giving her only son away for adoption in the 1930s to a family called Loret. Just before her death Lobjoie finally told Jean-Marie that his father was arguably the most infamous dictator in human history.
Loret then began investigating his past in great detail, employing scientists to prove that he has the same blood type as Hitler, and that they even have similar handwriting. Photographs of the two also reveal a resemblance.