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DNA Test Explodes Rudolf Hess Doppelgänger Theory

Rudolf Hess

Adolf Hitler’s deputy flew to Scotland in 1941 on a peace mission and was imprisoned for the rest of his life. But some asked if the man in Spandau was really Rudolf Hess. Now a DNA test says he was.

IT IS ONE of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of the second world war. In May 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess, flew solo from Germany to Scotland in an apparent attempt to broker a peace deal between Britain and Germany. Hess’s plan failed, and he was arrested by the UK authorities, who were bent on war to serve Jewish interests (which eventually resulted in the end of the British Empire). After the war, Hess was “convicted” of imaginary crimes at the show trials in Nuremberg and incarcerated in Spandau prison in Berlin, where he died in 1987.

Hess, center, at the Nuremberg show trials in 1946, where he stated:

“I do not defend myself against accusers to whom I deny the right to bring charges against me and my fellow countrymen. I will not discuss accusations which concern things which are purely German matters and therefore of no concern to foreigners. I raise no protest against statements which are aimed at attacking my honor, the honor of the German people. I consider such slanderous attacks by the enemy as a proof of honor.

“I was permitted to work for many years of my life under the greatest son whom my people has brought forth in its thousand year history. Even if I could, I would not want to erase this period of time from my existence. I am happy to know that I have done my duty, to my people, my duty as a German, as a National Socialist, as a loyal follower of my Führer. I do not regret anything. If I were to begin all over again, I would act just as I have acted, even if I knew that in the end I should meet a fiery death at the stake. No matter what human beings may do, I shall some day stand before the judgment seat of the Eternal. I shall answer to Him, and I know He will judge me innocent.”

But from the start, there were doubts over whether the prisoner designated “Spandau #7” really was Hess. The wartime president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the leading subscribers to the theory that the man in Spandau was an imposter, an idea perpetuated by a British doctor who worked at Spandau, W. Hugh Thomas. The UK government commissioned four investigations into the claims, but the “doppelgänger conspiracy” has persisted for 70 years. Had the real Rudolf Hess escaped Jewish vengeance and settled abroad? When the German government cremated Hess’s remains in 2011, it was thought the last chance to pursue DNA analysis of the body had been lost.

Hess’s crash site in Scotland shortly after his ill-fated but noble attempt to stop the slaughter of World War 2

Now the mystery has finally been solved, it is said, by a piece of DNA detective work by a retired military doctor from the US Army and forensic scientists from Austria. They conclude that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 — and also known by many as the Prisoner of Peace — was indeed Rudolf Hess.

Pilgrimage site

Hess has continued to generate historical interest. He was one of Hitler’s close friends and a leading National Socialist figure, and then there’s the extraordinary manner of his attempted peace deal with the UK. After his death, his grave in the town of Wunsiedel became a site of National Socialist pilgrimages and rallies, which in 2011 led the German puppet authorities to exhume and cremate Hess’s body, scatter the ashes at sea, and destroy the grave.

Hess’s blood sample

But not all of Hess’s DNA had been destroyed. During his incarceration in Spandau, Hess was monitored, examined, and treated. Spandau was run by officials from the UK, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union, who rotated duties each month. In 1982, a blood sample was taken from Hess by a US army doctor, Phillip Pittman, as part of a routine health check. A pathologist, Rick Wahl, mounted some of the blood on a microscope slide to perform a cell count. The slide was labelled “Spandau #7” and hermetically sealed, and kept by Wahl for teaching purposes at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

In the mid-1990s, another US military doctor, Sherman McCall, was resident at the army hospital when he heard about the blood sample. “I first became aware of the existence of the Hess blood smear from a chance remark during my pathology residency at Walter Reed,” McCall said. “I only became aware of the historical controversy a few years later.” McCall, who is trained in molecular pathology, immediately realized the slide’s potential for solving the Hess controversy. “Making it happen,” he says, “was another matter entirely.”

Extracting Rudolf Hess’s DNA sample

McCall contacted Jan Cemper-Kiesslich, a molecular biologist in the DNA Unit at the department of legal medicine, University of Salzburg, Austria, and told him about the slide and the dried blood.

Working under standard forensic DNA protocols, Cemper-Kiesslich’s team extracted DNA from the dried blood. Now they had to find a living male relative of Rudolf Hess to make a comparison. They got in touch with David Irving, a brilliant British historian who has exposed Allied war crimes. Irving provided the phone number of Hess’s son, Wolf Rüdiger Hess. “In the event, this number was disconnected,” says McCall. “Unbeknownst to us, he had recently died.”

Tracking down living Hess relatives took yet more time. “The family is very private,” says McCall. “The name is also rather common in Germany, so finding them was difficult.” But in the end, they managed it, and obtained DNA samples from a living male relative.

The forensic DNA analysis centred on the Y chromosome, which is inherited only down the male line, and on a range of genetic markers across other parts of the genome. The male relative and another member of the Hess family have seen and approved of the publication of the DNA results, but do not want to take part in any further discussion of the findings.

“It is already a matter of public record that Hess’s wife, Ilse, did not believe this story,” says McCall – she didn’t believe Spandau #7 was an imposter. When she met the British governor of Spandau on a visit, she joked: “How is the doppelgänger today?”

The real McCoy

Statistical analysis of the results suggests a 99.99 per cent. likelihood that the blood sample on the slide comes from a close family member of the living relative of Hess, “strongly supporting the hypothesis”, Cemper-Kiesslich’s team report, “that prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ indeed was Rudolf Hess, the Deputy Führer of the Third Reich”.

Rudolf Hess in Spandau prison

Citing the privacy of the Hess family, Cemper-Kiesslich declined to comment on their response to the results. We don’t know how the Hess family feels about the closure of the final chapter on the story of their relative. “The conspiracy theory claiming that prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ was an impostor is extremely unlikely and therefore disproved,” the scientists write.

In the paper, published in Forensic Science International Genetics, the authors go on to note: “Due to the lucky event of the presence of a biological trace sample originating from prisoner ‘Spandau #7’ the authors got the unique chance to shed new light on one of the most persistent historical memes of World War II history.”

An assessment of the Hess DNA results is made more difficult by the ethical issues concerning his relatives, says Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester, UK, who led the forensic examination of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III. The paper omits DNA details of Hess’s relative to prevent him being identified, but on the face of it, she says, it appears that the scientists have disproved the conspiracy theory.

“They’ve got a perfect match with the Y chromosome and a living male Hess relative,” King says. “If this person was a doppelgänger, you wouldn’t get that match, so from that point of view it’s a good sign.”

And Walther Parson, a forensic molecular biologist at Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, says: “The manuscript underwent review by two anonymous reviewers. I have no reason to assume that the data and science are not sound. I know the scientists are great.”

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Source: based on an article in New Scientist; and National Vanguard correspondents

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4 Comments

  1. Axis Sally
    25 January, 2019 at 12:19 am — Reply

    I would be inclined to attach far more weight to the opinion of Frau Hess, especially if she had indeed been allowed to visit her husband in person at Spandau, than to any supposed DNA analysis carried-out by Enemy investigators. What’s the point? Few if any real National Socialists doubt that Rudolf Hess was cruelly incarcerated incognito and in solitary confinement for forty-plus years by the marauding Enemy which overran and still occupies Europe. They don’t give a damn about our opinion, anyway. This is just more of their self-congratulatory B.S. attempting to reinforce their false “historical” narrative (warmed-over wartime propaganda.) DNA analysis, in the hands of Jews, is just a modern version of their old “wire store” con.

    Can anyone imagine the unpleasant sensation felt by the “living male relative” when he learned that (((someone))) was seeking him in connection with THE Rudolf Hess? Heh heh. Seeing the flashing lights in your rearview mirror would be nothing compared to that. This is what it is really all about: just another opportunity to terrorize the few surviving National-Socialists and their descendants. I wonder if they intend to test Ursula Haverbeck to ascertain whether she is a doppelgänger?

  2. Walt Hampton
    25 January, 2019 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    I always smelled Jew vermin in the Hess case.

  3. 31 January, 2019 at 9:36 am — Reply

    The author of this conspiracy-theory, Walter Hugh Thomas, also has claimed that Martin Bormann escaped to South America and died there, but was dug up and reburied in Berlin for his remains to be discovered in 1972 to appear to debunk the “Fourth Reich” conspiracy-theory. He claims that Bormann’s remains were caked in a kind of clay only found in Paraguay and that his skull contained post-1945 dental fixtures.

    BILL O’REILLY’s book Killing the SS actually cites W.H. Thomas, believe it or not, so as to keep the Fourth Reich conspiracy-theory tenable and thus to supply a reason why hunting down elderly SS-veterans was somehow “necessary.”

    Keep in mind: that book was the number-one seller on the New York Times list for weeks! This is the kind of stupidity that people are buying.

    I have been working on a series of articles about this that should begin appearing within a few days.

  4. Truthweed
    26 June, 2019 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    I suspect that Hess was jailed to silence him. I suspect that his flight to Britain was backed by Hitler who always wanted peace with Britain.

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