Adolf Hitler’s fear of illness revealed in doctor’s letters

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Adolf Hitler (AFP/Getty Images)
Adolf Hitler (AFP/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler feared having a serious illness, new letters have revealed.

As reported by German newspaper, NZZ am Sonntag, Hitler told his doctor during a consultation in 1935: “If there is something bad, I absolutely have to know.”

The letters are from the dictator‘s doctor, Carl Otto von Eicken. Hitler was treated several times over 10 years by von Eicken, a German ear, nose and throat specialist.

The letters from the doctor to a cousin were discovered by Robert Doepgen, von Eicken’s Swiss great-great-grandson, who found them when researching family archives for a school project. Von Eicken died in 1960.

British historian Richard J Evans, a specialist in German history, vouched for the authenticity of the unpublished letters.

The newspaper said the letters also showed the importance Hitler attached to his voice, which he used in speeches to whip up support for his regime.

One operation to remove a polyp was postponed until after a speech, the letters say, as von Eicken advised Hitler he needed to rest his voice after the procedure.

In his letters, von Eicken never questioned that he treated a man whose actions led to millions of people being killed in the Holocaust and World War Two, the newspaper said.

It added that when asked by Russian interrogators after the war why he didn’t kill Hitler, von Eicken said: “I was his doctor, not his murderer.”

Hitler died aged 56 by suicide in a bunker in Berlin in 1945, shortly before the end of the war.

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