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Hitler may have only had one testicle, new research claims

This is according to new medical records that have surfaced.

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NEW ANALYSIS OF medical records that had been presumed lost have revealed that Adolf Hitler may have only had one testicle.

Unveiled by a German historian, the files relate to a medical exam that was conducted on the Nazi leader in 1923, shortly after the beer hall putsch – a failed coup attempt to seize power in Munich.

Notes written by Josef Steiner Brin, the medical officer at Landsberg prison where Hitler was being held, noted that he suffered from “right-side cryptorchidism” – the medical phrase for an undescended testicle.

The records reemerged at an auction in Bavaria in 2010. These were quickly confiscated by the government in the German region of Bavaria and passed to the Erlangen-Nuremberg University to be studied.

They have been looked at by Professor Peter Fleischmann, who told German newspaper Bild that it was shown that one of Hitler’s testicles was undeveloped.

There had been long-running speculation that Hitler may have lost a testicle after a shrapnel injury sustained during his service in the First World War.

This rumour gather such momentum that it even became the basis for a British children’s song entitled ‘Hitler has only got one ball’.

The new report seems to contradict an account given by Hitler’s childhood doctor, who said that his genitals had been normal.

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