Tax dodger Hitler stashed ￡3.6billion in Swiss banks: Historians trace dictator's money after it vanished following his death
Hitler was a tax dodger who hid a vast fortune across several Swiss bank accounts, historians have discovered.
Documents have emerged showing the dictator amassed hundreds of millions of pounds in today’s money, which he concealed from the German people.
It appeared to vanish completely after his death, along with his substantial art collection.
But historians have now managed to trace the money through tax documents and bank statements. They believe he was worth around 1.1billion Reichsmarks, the equivalent of ￡3.6billion today.
During his life time the Nazi leader insisted his public speeches only made him a small amount of money and that he did not even have a bank account.
But documentary The Hunt For Hitler’s Missing Millions, to be aired tomorrow on Channel 5, will explore how he secretly gained a huge fortune.
He refused to pay taxes, dodging ￡1.75million before passing a law that made him exempt.
Experts also claim the dictator wrote a secret will on the morning of his death, hoping to trick the German people into believing his humble claims.
He presented him self as almost penniless, writing: ‘What I own belongs, as so far as it is of any value at all, to the party.’
There was no further mention of his wealth, only that his relatives should be given enough ‘to sustain a simple middle- class life’.
It was to be administered by Hitler’s private secretary and fellow Nazi, Martin Bormann, who was witness to the will and named as Hitler’s sole executive.
这是由希特勒的私人助手Martin Bormann执行的，Martin Bormann目睹了希特勒的遗愿，并且被任命为希特勒遗愿唯一的执行人
How ever Bormann was shot dead not long after Hitler committed suicide. The will was intercepted by Allied forces as a suspected Nazi tried to smuggle it out of the country, hidden in the shoulder pad of his jacket.
Historian Dr Chris Whetton said: ‘He loved money. He just wasn’t prepared to do much for it.’
The Nazi leader also copyrighted his image, meaning he even earned royalties every time a post- age stamp with his face on it was sold.
Herman Roth man, a retired British Intelligence Officer was among those to discover and translate the will.
Herman Roth man，是一位发现和研究了希特勒遗愿的英国教授
He said: ‘We were absolutely shocked by what we found. I think the private will was also for consump- tion by the German people. He wanted to show in his private will he had very little.
Herman Roth man说，“我们对于自己的发现完全震惊了，我觉得私人遗愿就是给德国人民看
'I always felt he thought about it very, very clearly, he wanted to show the people he had no benefits, that his life was purely devoted entirely to the wealth of the German people.’