For decades it had gathered dust in a box on top of a wardrobe among a war hero’s possessions.
But an entry within this tatty pocket diary appears to offer corroboration to claims that Adolf Hitler fathered an illegitimate son.
Yesterday one of former Royal Engineer Leonard Wilkes’s sons said the diary could offer the earliest written record of the story of Frenchman Jean-Marie Loret, who went to his grave believing Hitler was his father.
Alan Wilkes came forward after reading about new information last month that adds weight to Mr Loret’s claim to have been conceived during a brief relationship between his mother and the then young German corporal during the First World War.
Leonard was one of the first soldiers to land on the Normandy beaches on D-Day in June 1944.
Over the following months he kept a diary as the Allies fought to liberate France and among the pages filled with neat writing in capital letters is a sensational reference to the alleged liaison between Hitler and Charlotte Lobjoie in the summer of 1917.
On September 30 in 1944 Leonard, who was from Small Heath, Birmingham, wrote: ‘An interesting day today. Visited the house where Hitler stayed as a corporal in the last war, saw the woman who had a baby by him and she told us that the baby, a son, was now fighting in the French army against the Germans.’
Does this diary prove Hitler had a lovechild?
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