A member of Adolf Hitler’s own family was one of those killed in the Nazi campaign to wipe out the mentally ill, according to two historians.The woman, named as “Aloisia V”, was the great grandchild of Hitler’s great aunt – his second cousin, once removed.She was related to him through his father’s family, the Schicklgrubers.
She was gassed to death on 6 December 1940, at a mental institution in Austria, historian Timothy Ryback said.
Medical files show she suffered from schizophrenia, depression, delusions and other mental problems, he said.
The documents, discovered at the Vienna institution where she was treated, reveal that Nazi doctors diagnosed her as suffering from “schizophrenic mental instability, helplessness and depression, distraction, hallucinations and delusions.”
She told doctors she was haunted by ghosts and the presence of a skull. She spent most of her time chained to an iron bed.
At one point she pleaded in…
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