Hitler didn’t always look like Hitler. Anyone examining images of him from the First World War would not easily equate him with the later figure of the Fuehrer. This is primarily due to his moustache – among his comrades he still bears a lush and bristly moustache rather than the toothbrush moustache so characteristic of his appearance. Cultural scholar Prof Friedrich Tietjen wants to know when and, most importantly, why this change in moustache style came about. There are currently primarily three stories circulating – one by Bridget Hitler, wife of the Fuehrer’s half-brother Alois in Liverpool, one from the pen of American journalist Wallace R. Deuel, and one from the hand of writer Alexander Moritz Frey, who served in a regiment with Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler during the First World War. To find out which story is most accurate, Prof. Tietjen is in Dresden to visit the Bundeswehr Military History Museum.
Prof Dr Friedrich Tietjen
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Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel