Do Adolf Hitler’s descendants get a cut of his painting profits?
Published on April 30th, 2009 | by Admin0
Slate answered an interesting question about whether Adolf Hitler’s descendants can profit off of his works.
Hitler did produce a last will and testament leaving his inheritance to his three siblings. But the German state of Bavaria seized all of Hitler’s property after the Third Reich fell in 1945, and it currently owns the rights to his estate. Some historians have speculated that Hitler’s living family members—there are more than a dozen residing in Germany, Austria, and Long Island—could sue the state of Bavaria and claim royalties for the Führer’s literary and artistic work. But none has come forward to claim a cut from the auction. The odds of getting paid would be slim, and the potential fallout from trying to profit off the genocidal maniac’s work is enormous.
On another note: it was on this day, 64 years ago in 1945, that Hitler commited suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head.