Jean-Marie Loret never met his father. In fact, Loret had only learned of his father's identity a few weeks before his biological mother, Charlotte Lobjoie, died in the 1950s. And although Loret was aware that he was the son of a German soldier, nothing could prepare him for the shock of being told that he was the son of chancellor and dictator of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler.
News of the existence of Hitler's son was first reported in 1979 when Loret shared his heritage with a Parisian lawyer named Francois Gibault. But just this week, French magazine LePoint introduced new evidence in a series of revised accounts of Loret's remarkable story. The account recalls the story of a young 16-year-old Charlotte Lobjoie who met Adolf Hitler in 1917 France, while he was on leave from the German front in Picardy.
He had some kind of cardboard and seemed to be drawing. All of the women found this soldier interesting and wanted to know what he was drawing. They picked me to try to approach him, she said, according to a Huffington Post translation of LePoint's account.
The courtship continued until Lobjoie found herself pregnant, eventually giving birth to Jean-Marie in March 1918. Lobjoie then gave up her only son for adoption over ten years later to the Lorets. In 1939, Loret would go on to fight the Germans while defending the Maginot Lines from Nazi forces. He even joined the French Resistance during the occupation.
Loret began an investigation, seeking evidence of his connection to Hitler. He hired a historian who interviewed witnesses, a geneticist who compared their blood types and a handwriting analyst who compared their writing. The experts all came to the same conclusion: Jean-Marie Loret was probably the son of Adolf Hitler, reports LePoint..
A few years before he died in 1985, Loret published a book titled Your Father's Name Was Hitler in which he wrote: In order to not get depressed, I worked non-stop, never took a holiday, and I had no hobbies. Although, several critics have challenged Loret's claims, the evidence presented in LePoint's account does offer some interesting insight. Some testimonies include the fact that the father and son reveal an astonishing resemblance. Loret discovered several paintings in his childhood home which were signed by Hitler while in Germany, a picture of a woman painted by Hitler bears a strong resemblance to Lobjoie.
Adolf Hitler eventually married his mistress, Eva Braun, but never officially had any children of his own. The two committed suicide in 1945 after the Red Army shelled his bunker in Berlin.