Results from the tests indicated the presence of the Haplopgroup E 1b 1b (Y-DNA) chromosome. This chromosome is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia. This new information lends added credibility to the rumors that Hitler had Jewish ancestry. It is believed that Hitler’s father, Alois, was the illegitimate son of a maid named Maria Schickelgruber and a 19-year-old Jewish man named Frankenberger. Statistically, this rumor, if true, would mean that Hitler was 25% Jewish.
The Real Issue Surrounds the Emotions of Jewish and African people
Although news of the DNA testing is not directly relevant in present times, what defines relevance, and meaning, are the resulting perspectives, reflections and emotions of present-day Jewish and African people. One can only postulate what those thoughts and emotions would have been.
Under complete empathy, one could surmise feelings of surprise, betrayal, anger, frustration, perhaps even pity? Yet, considering the absolute horror and despicable acts Hitler commanded against humanity, it is difficult to imagine anger not being the overwhelming and all-consuming emotion felt by Jewish and African descendants of those that perished in the Holocaust.
Projecting one’s self as another requires a conscious effort to clear out current emotions and thoughts and completely immerse the mind into visualizing and constructing memories of what it might have been like to have been living and present during World War II. Even a brief episode of placing yourself at that period of time, much less, physically within a concentration or death camp, creates intense feelings of fear, despair, hopelessness and loneliness.
Subsequently, realizing that it is not true and acknowledging your being in the present, immediately conjures feelings of anger, humility, weakness and emptiness. The conclusion that no living being should have to endure such intense and inhumane pain and suffering at the hands of another, much less be the one causing the pain.
In retrospect, although many people refrain from spending time contemplating the existence and actions of Adolph Hitler in respect to those that have died at his hands, it is without question, a larger atrocity if the knowledge of his existence and despicable crimes against humanity would ever fade away. It is therefore, a duty, a responsibility and an obligation to ensure generations of people to come will be aware that such evil indeed lived in the hearts of men.