17 March 2007

Hitler's Jewish doctor

Here's a peek at an upcoming book by Austrian historian Brigitte Hamann about Eduard Bloch, the Hitler family's Jewish doctor in Linz. Bloch treated Adolf when he caught colds and treated his mother Klara when she fell mortally ill with breast cancer.

The article offers insights by Hamann into the relationship between the two men, and she adds that Bloch was protected by the Gestapo on Hitler's orders, kept his apartment, received coupons for clothing and other things -- the only Jew in Austria to do so. "And, especially, he was able to stay in Linz as long as he wanted."

Bloch and his wife arrived in New York in 1941. Block died in 1945, but his wife lived to age 90.

The interviewer asks, "Did Bloch say anything about how his patient turned out?" Replies Hamann, "He could not understand it, remembering a modest, polite boy and with such a good mother."

To read more about historian Brigitte Hamann's new project, click here

1 comment:

  1. Is this real? That's a huge scoop! who would have known that there was a potential mole amongst Hitler's associates that could have ended it all. I'd love to read the book.

    Mel Balsamo