London, Aug.24 (ANI): Nazi dictator and so-called champion of the "Aryan race" Adolf Hitler could have had black and Jewish ancestors, the "sub-human" groups he earmarked for extermination during his 12-year reign (1933-1945).
Tests on a DNA sample taken from one of his relatives show Hitler as having North African roots.
A journalist working for a magazine in Brussels managed to get hold of a sample from Alexander Stuart-Houston, 61, a grand-nephew of Hitler living in America, after picking up a serviette he had dropped, The Sun reports.
Reporter Jean-Paul Mulders used the services of historian Marc Vermeeren to find Hitler's Austrian cousin, a farmer called Norbert H, and 39 other distant relatives.
Norbert H gave Vermeeren and Mulders a sample of his saliva.
Using both the Austrian sample and the serviette DNA, Mulders claims the link between the two men was "irrefutable", adding: "the Y-chromosome was identical."
The particular form of the DNA they found, Haplopgroup E1b1b (Y-DNA) is rare in Germany and Western Europe.
"It is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, in Algeria, Libya and Tunisia as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews," Mulders added in the magazine, Knack.
The magazine claims the DNA was tested under stringent laboratory conditions to obtain results. (ANI)