Saturday, 24. March 2012 - 23:03
20. 03. 12. - 08:15
A Jewish cemetery has become a tourist attraction in Bucharest after the discovery that it includes the final resting place of Adolf Hitler.
Well not quite – it's actually the tomb of Adolf Hittler - with an extra T and he died in 1892 rather than 1945.
The first name Adolf was apparently a relatively common Jewish name prior to the war, according to local administrators at the cemetery.
However during and after the Second World War tombstones with the name Hittler were often torn down from cemeteries in the belief that those buried there may have been a relative of the Fuhrer.
In fact the Adolf Hittler in Bucharest was indeed a hat maker and cemetery official believe the name came from Hatler - a maker of hats.
In the case of the current stone it escaped the mass destruction after it was removed by Hittler's relatives in 1940 when after a complaint by a cemetery official was sent to the Jewish community in Bucharest who decided to tear it down. The tomb stone was replaced after the end of the WWII by the hatter’s descendants.
Hittler was however indeed Jewish and a spokesman at the "Filantropia" Jewish Cemetery in Bucharest confirmed that it was a genuine person and not part of a bizarre practical joke to have Adolf Hittler buried in the middle of the Jewish final resting place.
The notice on the gravestone reads: "Here are buried the bodily remains of the late Adolf Hittler, dead at the age of 60 on 26 October 1892. Pray for him."
"Adolf was a common name and Hittler may come from hatter", he explained.
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