Skip to comments.(History changed by act of mercy?) How a four-year-old Adolf Hitler was saved from certain death ...
Posted on 01/05/2012 7:09:05 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Revealed: The priest who changed the course of history ... by rescuing a drowning four-year-old Hitler from death in an icy river
* Future Fuhrer was plucked from certain death by boy who grew up to join the church
* German newspaper from 1894 reveals incident
It may be the most devastating act of mercy in history. A newspaper report chronicling how a boy of four was saved from drowning has surfaced in a German archive. The child who historians believe could have been Adolf Hitler was plucked from the icy waters of the River Inn in Passau, Germany, in January 1894.
According to Max Tremmel, a priest who went on to become one of Europe's most famous organists, his predecessor Johann Kuehberger had rescued the terrified Hitler. Father Tremmel told before his death in 1980 how Father Kuehberger, around the same age as Hitler, had seen the other boy struggling in the waters of the River Inn and dived in to rescue him.
The story was never verified by Hitler during his lifetime. But now a small cutting from the Donauzeitung - Danube newspaper - of 1894 has been found in Passau.
It describes how a 'young fellow' fell through the thin ice of the river in January of that year. The report described how a 'determined comrade' - the paper at the time was left-wing - went into the freezing water to save the child who would grow into mankind's biggest monster.
The near-drowning episode also featured in a German book called 'Out of Passau- Leaving a City Hitler Called Home,' by Anna Elisabeth Rosmus, a personal history of her family's connections with it.
She wrote; 'The banks of the River Inn provided an idyllic setting for the children to play.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Rescued: Johann Kuehberger, left, saved the life of a four-year-old Adolf Hitler, pictured right in an undated photo, when they were both children
If I could re-write history, I would make it so that Lenin, Stalin and Mao were on the river bank and all three dived into the river to save Hitler. All four then drowned in the icy waters. End of story.
Great. Time travellers. Again.
You forgot about Marx. Does he jump in to save Hitler too?
It’s believed that God gives people free will. Kuehberger and Hitler. What an irony. Saving a life seems one of the better things one can do. It would have been a tremendously good simple act if the people of Europe had saved one person each from the evil enterprise that Hitler created and oversaw.
Never knew about the Tandey story. Very interesting. Thanks.
Hardly the end of the story. There would be any number of people who would percolate to the top.
No way; Hitler was unique in that he was able to unite and galvanize the party into becoming what it did. That is what makes him stand out so obviously.
I cannot imagine how that poor soldier must have felt, what with who Hitler became.
So many “What if’s” that one can ponder....
I think the priest had no idea on how Hitler would turn out.
As for free will, I think God knows that each person will commit certain sins, or have the chance to, but He doesn’t know how it will happen. It would explain free will while at the same time with God’s knowledge of the future intact.
What if it was a Jew that saved the young Hitler?
No one knew what Hitler would do, much less Hitler himself at that point in his life. I think Hitler could have been an immense force for tremendous good if he hadn’t chosen to do things differently.
What if it was a Jew that saved the young Hitler?
MEMO TO SELF: Don’t ever rescue a four year old potential future Fuhrer!
I remember reading that a Jewish doctor once saved his mother’s life; that doctor was one of few spared deportation to the camps and ghettos.
Tandey was haunted the remainder of his life by his good deed, the simple squeeze of a trigger would have spared the world a catastrophe which cost tens of millions of lives. He was living in Coventry when the Luftwaffe destroyed the city in 1940, sheltered in a doorway as the building he was in crumbled and city burned like a scene from Dante's Inferno.
He was also in London during the Blitz and experienced that atrocity first hand, he told a journalist in 1940, "if only I had known what he would turn out to be. When I saw all the people, woman and children he had killed and wounded I was sorry to God I let him go".
When war erupted the 49 year old tried to rejoin his regiment to see to it that, "he didn't escape a second time", but failed the physical due to wounds received at the Battle of the Somme.
You’re always griping about Adolf Hitler. Just be happy we took action to spare you Klaus Gruenewald.
Always wondered about that- like when Jesus cast the legion of demons out of the man into the herd of pigs which then ran over a cliff- the pigs died, but the demons didn’t.
Evil spirits will find an alternate to inhabit...