Unearthed Doctor’s Letters Reveal Adolf Hitler’s Fear of Illness

Unearthed letters written by a doctor have revealed Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s fear of having a serious illness.

“If there is something bad, I absolutely have to know,” Hitler told his doctor Carl Otto von Eicken during their first consultation in May 1935, according to German newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.

Von Eicken, a German ear, nose, and throat specialist, treated Hitler several times for over 10 years.

Robert Doepgen, the Swiss great-great-grandson of von Eicken, discovered the letters while he was researching family archives for a school project.

British historian Richard J. Evans, a specialist in German history, vouched for the authenticity of the letters.

The letters addressed to a cousin also revealed that Hitler had anxieties about his voice, which he used in speeches to gather support for his regime.

According to the letters, one operation to remove a polyp was postponed until after a major speech as von Eicken advised Hitler that he needed to rest his voice after the procedure.

In his letters, von Eicken never questioned that he was treating the man responsible for the deaths of millions of people in World War II, according to the newspaper.

When questioned by Russian interrogators after the war about why von Eicken did not kill Hitler, he said, “I was his doctor, not his murderer.”

Hitler died by suicide in 1945 shortly before the end of the war, while von Eicken died in 1960.


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