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Liver Birds and Swastikas: Did Hitler visit Liverpool?

Ah, Liverpool. The land of the Beatles, organized crime, and funny accents. Born out of waves of Irish immigration, it’s a strange old city that people either love or hate. Natives of Liverpool are called Scousers, and over the years, they’ve awarded the title of honorary Scouser to certain people who’ve lived in the city or do something good for it, such as Mo Salah or Jurgen Klopp. The title of being a Scouser can also be stripped from you if you’re an arsehole, as it was to Ringo Starr because he’s a cunt.

However, Liverpool was also the destination of choice for one of history’s most evil men, apparently. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, it’s sad that Adolf Hitler spent a significant period of time in the city of Liverpool. In this article, we’re going to look into this story and find out if it’s a myth or not.

We know about Adolf Hitler’s time in Liverpool through the diaries of Bridget Hitler. But some people believe that Bridget exaggerated some points like teaching Adolf Astrology, however, despite some obvious rumors being added, I believe it’s definitely true that Adolf stayed in Liverpool prior to WW1.

The story begins not with Hitler himself, but with his half-brother Alois Hitler who was a bit of tearaway back in Austria and did a few spells in prison for petty crime and theft. After he was released in 1909, Alois went to Ireland, where he met a woman called Bridget Dowling. He soon married her and gave her the less than enviable title of Bridget Hitler.

Pictured Above: Alois and Adolf Hitler

Due to it’s proximity to Ireland, Liverpool was a huge transit point for Irish immigrants fleeing famine and heading to America. Many stayed and gave the city its iconic accent, humor, and wit. Alois and Bridget immigrated to Liverpool in around 1912, where they settled in the area of Toxteth that had a large immigrant community or black, Jewish, Greek, Germans, etc.

Ironically, Alois got a job as a waiter in a Jewish owned cafe in Liverpool called Lyons. In pre-WW1 Britain, German waiters were commonplace. So much so, that during the First World War, British Tommies would should ”Waiter!” over the trenches to piss the Germans off.

At this point, Alois was likely feeling a bit homesick and invited some family members over from Austria. Adolf Hitler accepted this invite for two suspected reasons: firstly, he knew Liverpool was a popular destination for artists, and secondly, he was avoiding being drafted into the Austrian military.

Adolf Hitler is said to have then moved in with his brother and Bridget but is said to have hated the cosmopolitan Toxteth. His English was almost non-existent, and he mostly wandered the streets of the city on his own most nights. With Alois translating, it’s said that Bridget introduced Hitler to the world of fortune-telling and astrology, which he quickly became fascinated by and would even make some decisions later in the war based on such methods.

During his time in Liverpool, it’s said that Adolf would sit in the corner of his favorite pub (with a non-alcoholic drink) on Cumberland Street, The Poste House. An iconic Liverpool institution that has also served Bob Dylan, Jack The Ripper suspect James Maybrick, and Debbie Harry. Ironically, it’s now a popular gay pub.

Pictured Above: The Poste House

On the Wirral Penninsula on the opposite side of the River Mersey, there is a luxury hilltop house on Warren Drive that is rumored to have been the inspiration for Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat in Bavaria.

Around Hitler’s birthday in April of 1913, Alois was said to have become frustrated with his brother and sent him packing back to Austria. Hitler found his way to Germany as WW1 broke out, joined the Imperial German Army, and the rest is history.

Adolf’s presence certainly didn’t help Alois and Bridget’s marriage as they soon split up. Bridget took their son, William Hitler, and went to start a new life in the USA. Ironically, William Hitler is said to have changed his name to William Houston in WW2 and went overseas to fight Hitler’s forces.

During WW2, as a strategic port and a base for the Battle of the Atlantic, Liverpool was obliterated by the Luftwaffe. The street that Adolf stayed in with Alois and Bridget was wiped out by the Luftwaffe during the infamous Blitz in the United Kingdom.
We know about Adolf Hitler’s time in Liverpool through the diaries of Bridget Hitler. But some people believe that Bridget exaggerated some points like teaching Adolf Astrology, however, despite some obvious rumors being added, I believe it’s definitely true that Adolf stayed in Liverpool prior to WW1.

However, the story remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The main reason for this is after WW2, almost all of Adolf Hitler’s relatives switched their names to avoid association with the tyrant. So getting 100% true facts about his early, pre-infamous life often proves difficult.

Ironically, one Vietnamese Liverpool FC fan caused a Hitler related stir when he wore an LFC shirt in a football bar with the name Adolf Hitler on the back:

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