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Hitler Relatives Allegedly Arrested

July 18, 1998

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ The Soviet Union arrested five relatives of Adolf Hitler in Austria at the end of World War II and apparently forced them to make far-fetched confessions that they helped the dictator, a news magazine reported Saturday.

Der Spiegel magazine said it had uncovered the confessions in KGB archives in Moscow.

Hitler’s cousin Eduard Schmidt confessed to being ``guilty, as a relative of Adolf Hitler, of having approved his plans against the Soviet Union.″ Schmidt had not seen Hitler since 1907, Spiegel said in an advance of a report to appear in Monday’s edition.

Schmidt and four other relatives who made similar confessions during the Soviet occupation of Austria died in Soviet custody. Another Hitler relative, Johann Schmidt, survived his prison term and returned to Austria in 1955, Spiegel said.

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