What Went on Behind Hitler’s Closed Bedroom Doors?
There are many questions surrounding Adolf Hitler’s sexuality and sex life. In an attempt to understand the man behind the atrocities, historians have spent decades trying to put together a complete picture of Hitler’s personal life. However, his sexuality and sex life remain an extremely contentious issue.
Many of the known scandalous stories about Hitler’s sex life are hearsay. They stem from the accounts of people who worked with him and political rivals, and thus cannot be verified. This is because Hitler made sure that Germans knew very little of his personal life and much of the focus was placed on his “grand” plans for the German nation.
Hitler’s early sexual encounters
For most of Hitler’s early life, he had male companions. In 1919, Hitler was arrested for pederasty (sexual activity involving a man and a boy). This has led many historians to believe the assertion that Hitler was homosexual to be true. He may not have been comfortable with coming out due to the stigma homosexuality may have attracted at the time.
The United States (US) intelligence unit learned that Hitler was never promoted during World War I due to his sexual orientation. He is suspected to have had an intimate sexual relationship with Ernst Schmidt, a fellow dispatch runner during the war. His most known and long-standing homosexual relationship was with Rudolf Hess, whom he met while jailed in Landsberg Castle for treason. Hess described his relationship with Hitler as, “the most beautiful human experience he had shared with a human being.”
When Hitler became the Nazi party leader, it was reported that most of his staff including his chauffer and bodyguards were homosexuals. It is also thought that employing homosexuals was a strategic move on Hitler’s part as it would allow him to continue his homosexual relationships without arousing suspicion.