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Mother's death affected Hitler, claims book

German dictator Adolf Hitler's hatred for Jews may have stemmed from his belief that his mother was poisoned to death by a Jewish doctor, a new book has claimed.

books Updated: Dec 08, 2009 17:39 IST

Adolf HitlerGerman dictator Adolf Hitler's hatred for Jews may have stemmed from his belief that his mother was poisoned to death by a Jewish doctor, a new book has claimed.

In his book titled November 9: How World War One Led To The Holocaust, author Joachim Riecker claims that the death of Hitler's mother Klara, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, left an indelible mark on the then 18-year-old Adolf.

Klara's doctor, Eduard Bloch, had administered iodoform on her which was then the standard treatment for breast cancer, Ha'aretz reported. She died from the treatment in 1907 at a young age of 47.

"Hitler never forgave the Jewish doctor," Riecker told The Telegraph.

"In conversations with aides such as Josef Goebbels, Hitler referred to the Jews as being like TB and himself as a 'healer' who had to stamp it, and consequently them, out," Riecker noted.