Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry

Eva Braun, the wife of Hitler, may have had Jewish ancestry, according to a new British documentary.

“Dead Famous DNA,” which aired April 9 on Britain’s Channel 4, reported that hair samples from a brush believed to have been used by Braun were tested and showed that a DNA sequence found in the sample is “strongly associated” with Ashkenazi Jews. The brush was found at Hitler’s mountain retreat in Bavaria.

She was raised a Catholic. In the 19th century, many Ashkenazi Jews in Germany converted to Catholicism, so if the new information is true, Braun was unlikely to have known of her ancestry.

Braun and Hitler were married in the hours before they committed suicide together in a bunker in Berlin at the end of World War II. Braun, who was 23 years younger than Hitler, had been his longtime lover. — jta