Geli Raubal

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Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal (born January 4, 1908 in Linz , † September 18, 1931 in Munich ) was a niece of Adolf Hitler , the daughter of his half-sister Angela Raubal .


Angela Raubal was born as the daughter of the tax office official Leo Raubal (1879–1910), a native Czech , and his wife Angela (1883–1949, later married Hammitzsch, née Hitler), a half-sister of Adolf Hitler.

Her father died just two years after she was born, as a result, she and her two siblings Leo and Elfriede often changed their place of residence and caregivers. Geli Raubal attended the Academic Gymnasium in Linz and was one of the first girls to graduate there in 1927 .

In 1923 Adolf Hitler was appointed Raubal's guardian , but it was not until 1924 that she first met him on a visit to Landsberg am Lech fortress , where he was imprisoned.

Geli Raubal began studying medicine in Munich in 1927 and moved into a boarding house not far from Hitler's apartment. Soon after matriculating , she dropped out of medical school to train as a singer. Hitler financed the singing lessons, first with Kapellmeister Adolf Vogl and later with Hans Streck, the former adjutant of Erich Ludendorff .

In December 1927 Emil Maurice , co-founder of the SS and Hitler's chauffeur, announced to his boss that he intended to marry Raubal. Hitler reacted angrily, calling for a separation for two years and meetings during this time only under supervision. He gave Maurice notice in January 1928. Since Raubal was not yet of legal age, it was not possible to get married without the consent of the guardian.

Raubal and Hitler's apartment on the 2nd floor at Prinzregentenplatz 16

In 1929 she and Hitler moved into a nine-room apartment at 16 Prinzregentenplatz .

At this point was the sofa on which Geli Raubal shot himself

On September 18, 1931, Geli Raubal shot herself in the shared apartment. According to the files, the judiciary decided on suicide . She died of a lung shot. Reasons for suicide were not given; a suicide note was not found. The domestic workers said there had been an argument between Raubal and Hitler on the morning of September 18. Hitler stated that his niece wanted to perform as a singer but couldn't withstand the pressure. Her brother Leo, who had hiked in the mountains with her a week earlier, testified that he had not noticed any signs of weariness with life. Emil Maurice testified in 1945 that she may have suffered from being locked in a "golden cage" on Prinzregentenstrasse.

Geli Raubal was buried on September 23, 1931 in the Vienna Central Cemetery. Hitler did not visit the grave until three days later. An exhumation requested in 1985 to clarify the exact cause of death was rejected by the authorities.

Adolf Hitler is said to have said that the relationship between him and Geli "completely failed because of the generation problem". The principle “youth must be led by youth” for the Hitler Youth is said to have been shaped by this experience.

Much speculation revolved around the question of whether Geli Raubal was Hitler's lover. The meaning that it had for her uncle was not clarified, nor could the authorship of a study of the nude of the 21-year-old Hitler be assigned. The Hitler biographer Joachim Fest sees Raubal as Hitler's only great love. The possible love affair between Hitler and his niece was first discussed in Stuart Heisler's film Hitler in 1962. Cordula Trantow was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same year for portraying Geli Raubal .


  • Wolfgang Zdral: The Hitlers. The Führer’s unknown family. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 978-3-593-37457-4 , or paperback edition: Lübbe Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach 2008, ISBN 978-3-404-61631-2 , pp. 75-100.
  • Marc Vermeeren: De jeugd van Adolf Hitler 1889–1907 en zijn familie en voorouders. Uitgeverij aspect, Soesterberg 2007, ISBN 90-5911-606-2 .
  • Uwe Bolius: Hitler from within. Limbus Verlag, Hohenems 2008, ISBN 978-3-902534-20-0 .


  • 1944: The Hitler Gang , with Poldi Dur as Geli Raubal
  • 1962: Hitler , with Cordula Trantow as Geli Raubal
  • 1999: The niece and death (feature film in which a journalist searches for the missing bones of Geli Raubal).
  • 2000: Hitler and the Women (documentary series)
  • 2003: Hitler - The Rise of Evil, with Jena Malone as Geli Raubal
  • 2005: Oliver Halmburger, Thomas Staehler: Hitler family. In the shadow of the dictator. Munich: Oliver Halmburger Loopfilm u. Mainz: ZDF-History (documentary film).
  • 2005: Die Niece - Hitler's Forbidden Love (Uncle Adolf) , with Elaine Cassidy as Geli Raubal

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Adolf Hitler - his great love and Peilstein, p. 281 .
  2. Some sources also mention the first name "Angelika", e.g. B. Diane Ducret: The Wives of Dictators. Ecowin Verlag, Salzburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-7110-5025-0 , passim; Gerhard Vinnai : Hitler - failure and extermination. On the genesis of the fascist perpetrator. Psychosozial-Verlag, Giessen 2004, p. 117; Hitler, quoted from Wolfgang Zdral : The Hitlers. The Führer’s unknown family. 2005, p. 98 .
  3. T. Bröse: At home with Hitler , in: Focus No. 19 of May 7, 2007.
  4. Von Rumler: Hitler's Niece , in: Der Spiegel 33/1997 of August 11, 1997, p. 155.
  5. Volker Pilgrim: Hitler 1 and 2, Hamburg. 2017. Discussed in: Volker Elis Pilgrim // Hitler 1 and Hitler 2. The sexual no man's land , pearl divers 2017
  6. Volker Ullrich: Adolf Hitler. The years of ascension. 1889-1939. Frankfurt am Main 2013, p. 317.
  7. Wolfgang Zdral: The Hitlers. P. 95.
  8. Wolfgang Zdral: The Hitlers. P. 100.
  9. ^ Henry Picker : Hitler's table talks in the Führer Headquarters. 4th edition, Seewald Verlag, Stuttgart 1983, p. 25 f.
  10. Joachim Fest: Hitler , 4th ed. 2008, p. 447.
  11. Stuart Heisler's film Hitler (1962)