A British World War II propaganda song that lampooned Adolf Hitler by asserting that “Hitler has only got one ball” was actually correct, a German historian said, citing newly studied medical records.
Prof Peter Fleischmann, of Erlangen-Nuremberg University, said he had studied medical records of an examination the Nazi leader underwent in November 1923, when he was jailed at Landsberg Prison following the failure of his Munich Beer Hall Putsch.
The records, thought to have been lost, surfaced at an auction five years ago, were confiscated by the Bavarian government, and have only now been studied properly. According to Fleischmann, they show Hitler to have suffered from “right-side cryptorchidism” — an undescended testicle. “The testicle was probably stunted,” Prof Fleischman said, according to Bild Friday.
If so, this might explain why Hitler had no children, since the condition can involve reduced fertility, a UK Telegraph report said.
Hitler’s childhood doctor, the Jewish Eduard Bloch, is reported to have denied that there was anything untoward with Hitler testicles in wartime evidence. Bloch stayed in Austria until 1940, when he traveled to the United States.
A Soviet autopsy, released in 1970, bizarrely asserted that “the left testicle could not be found.”
It has also previously been claimed that Hitler lost a testicle in World War I, when he was wounded in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. But historians believe this injury was to the upper thigh.
Sung to the tune of Colonel Bogey’s March, the derisive wartime favorite runs as follows:
Hitler has only got one ball
Göring has two but very small
Himmler has something similar
And poor old Goebbels has no balls at all.