|Grave of Maria Anna Shicklgruber|
|Alois Hitler / Father of Adolph Hitler|
Anna Maria Shicklgruber was an Austrian woman that was born in 1795 and died in 1847. In 1837 when she was 42 Maria gave birth to an illegitimate son named Alois. It is believed by historians that Alois father was Johann Georg Hiedler but that can't be proven. Johann married Anna when she was 47. Johann did not give Alois his last name Hiedler so he went by his mothers last name of Shicklgruber. After Maria died in 1847 Johann disappeared until June 6, 1876 when he reappeared to testify before a notary that Alois real name was Alois Hitler. Johann had changed his name from Hiedler to Hitler and he was 84 years old. He gave Alois his last name so Alois could claim part of an inheritance from an uncle or this is one of several stories on how Alois changed his name to Hitler. Alois would eventually marry Klara Polzl who was his third wife and half niece. He had to have special permission granted by the Catholic Church in order to marry such a close relation. During the wedding she continued to refer to her husband as Uncle. Klara would give birth on April 20, 1889 to Adolph Hitler. The moral of this story is about the power in a name. Would history have been different if Alois Hitler had not changed his last name? It makes you wonder if Adolph Hitler would have been able to rise to the heights of power with the the last name of Schicklgruber. Would he have been taken seriously and could you imagine hordes of Germans giving the Nazi salute shouting Heil Shicklgruber?