A 74-year old Briton who has lived an anonymous life as a laborer and pensioner in the county of Oxfordshire has come forward, claiming that he is the long-lost son of Adolf Hitler.
Lucas Houghton revealed that he had been living a secret life for more than fifty years, ever since his adoptive parents swore him to secrecy and told him that he was the “love child” of former English debutante Unity Mitford and the notorious German chancellor.
Houghton says he decided to go public with his identity because of his growing anger at continued crackdowns on Neo-Nazi activities in Germany and other nations. Houghton, who asked reporters to refer to him as “Lukas Hitler,” says it has been “exceedingly troubling” to remain silent over the decades as he firmly believes “my father was right all along and the fatherland should have won that bloody war. Victory would have prevented the development of the unconscionable racial soup which populates the morass now known as Europe.”
He was accompanied to the meeting with reporters by attorney Stefan Eiffel, known for his prior representation of neo-Nazi defendants. Eiffel at times stopped Houghton from elaborating on statements which began to veer into anti-semitic diatribes. However, Houghton wore a short-sleeved shirt to the interview, which plainly revealed large tattoos of Hitler on one arm and a swastika on the other.
Houghton did reveal some details about his upbringing, and why he believes he is actually the son of Hitler. He produced a photocopy of a tattered 1940 birth certificate (the month and day were illegible) for a male child named “Lukas Mosely” born at the Hill View Cottage nursing home in Oxfordshire. The father was listed as “unknown” but the mother was listed as “Birdy Mosely.” Houghton explained that he had been told by his adoptive parents that his mother’s true name was Unity Mitford, known to be the daughter of a British aristocrat of the day.
History shows that Mitford had become vocally anti-semitic during the 1930s, trailing Hitler in public until she was eventually able to meet him, and became a regular companion of his. At the age of 25, in Munich on the day war was declared, Mitford tried to kill herself with a gunshot to the head but survived. She was returned to Britain and was placed as a patient at the Hill View Cottage nursing home, ostensibly to be treated for irreversible brain damage.
However, stories have emerged that Mitford was also pregnant at the time. A woman in the region has told the New Statesman magazine that her aunt ran the nursing home and was a midwife during the war, that she did indeed deliver a baby to Unity Mitford at the home in 1940, and that Mitford insisted that the father was Adolf Hitler. The infant was placed for adoption with a local family, but adoption records from that period cannot be found. Houghton says his adoptive family was half-German and secretly sympathized with Hitler, so he was raised in a home where he was able to learn and subscribe to the beliefs of his father.
The question remains: what of the name listed on the birth certificate as the child’s mother, “Birdy Mosely?” It has been confirmed that “Birdy” was one of Unity Mitford’s childhood nicknames, and “Mosely” was the married name of her sister Diana. There is no way to know for certain whether Unity Mitford in fact used those names as an alias on the birth certificate, but Eiffel asserts that it is a plausible explanation and Houghton insists the story is true. It should be noted that the only surviving member of Mitford’s immediate family, her sister Deborah, has said in the past that no baby was born to Unity.
Houghton says he plans to play a more active role in neo-Nazi organizations in the future. “I may be old, but I am the only remaining true link to my father and the fatherland,” he proclaims. “It is now time for me to assume my rightful place in history.”
Eiffel says his client is prepared to take a DNA test to prove his claim, if any of Hitler’s DNA is ever uncovered.