Hitler 'Had Jewish and African Roots,' DNA Tests Show

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Adolf Hitler
is likely to have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown.

Saliva samples
taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had
biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried
to exterminate during the Holocaust.

Jean-Paul Mulders,
a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, tracked down
the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was
his cousin, earlier this year.

A chromosome
called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare
in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco,
Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.

"One can
from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised,"
Mr Mulders wrote in the Belgian magazine, Knack.

E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi
and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears
to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.

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26, 2010

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