The Telegraph, a U.K. publication, reports that German dictator Adoph Hitler suffered from a severe form of “hypospadias,” a condition that caused him to have a micropenis. The report is just the latest in a hotly contested debate among historians about the Fuhrer’s sex life and how it might have affected his actions, which changed world history.
In their book Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute, historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie claim to have uncovered medical records that confirm reports of the Fuhrer's sexual physiology.
Their report comes two months after a German historian said he had found proof that Hitler had one testicle, an urban legend that spawned a popular playground ditty during World War II.
According to Mayo and Craigie, the Fuhrer’s manhood was so small that he had trouble urinating.
"Hitler … is believed to have had two forms of genital abnormality: an undescended testicle and a rare condition called penile hypospadias in which the urethra opens on the under side of the penis," Mayo and Craigie wrote. They speculate the condition could explain why Hitler was said to have been afraid of being seen naked, and it might have been cause of his famed fits of rage.
The biographers contend that Hitler's personal doctor Theodor Morell diagnosed him with hypospadias and prescribed hormones and amphetamines to improve his sex drive.
In searching for a motive behind Hitler’s need for absolute power and his heinous acts of cruelty, historians have often examined Hitler's sex life and come up with different analyses.
In British historian Ian Kershaw’s biography, he claimed the Nazi leader was repelled by sexual activity due to fear of STDs.
But other historians have found evidence he had romantic encounters with a series of women in his lifetime. German biographer German Heike Görtemaker insists that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun enjoyed a healthy sex life.
The debate over Hitler’s sex life is likely to continue for many years.