“Did Hitler Have a Secret Son?” asks the headline. Jean-Marie Loret, a Frenchman who died in 1985, spent much of his life trying to verify his mother’s claim that Adolf Hitler had gotten her pregnant during World War I. The story was retold by Loret’s attorney, now an old geezer, for a French paper last week.
Drumming up interest in Loret is undoubtedly part of the advance publicity for the revised edition Loret’s book, Your Father’s Name Was Hitler, said to be on the way.
It was that particular detail that set me thinking. Loret wrote a book trying to convince the world he was the son of one of history’s most loathed figures. In real life, offspring of Infamous parents may write autobiographies capitalizing on their connections. Stalin’s daughter did, too, for example.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
After seeing Luke Skywalker’s horrified reaction to the villain’s parental claims in The Empire Strikes Back, the last thing audiences would believe is Luke spending his time in sickbay dictating Darth Vader Is My Dad.
Or anyone who’s familiar with Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche knows perfectly well that the hero, revolutionary French lawyer Andre Moreau, did not depart his last encounter with the Marquis de La Tour d’Azyr filled with a burning desire to publicize that connection.
But Hitler’s and Stalin’s kids want you to know. A funny world we live in.