Adolf Hitler Had Jewish Landlord for Over a Decade, German Historian Says

According to the research, Hitler treated his Jewish landlord 'with courtesy' despite harboring strong anti-Semitism

A giant image of Hitler installed by the global civic movement Avaaz to warn of the return of fascism to Europe.
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According to a German historian, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler lived in a house owned by a Jewish merchant for almost a decade.

Hitler lived at Thierschstrasse 41 in Munich's Lehel district from 1920 until 1929, interrupted by a year spent at Landsberg prison for staging a failed coup in Bavaria, historian Paul Hoser said.

Writing in the quarterly VfZ, Hoser said the house was bought in 1921 by Hugo Erlanger, who lost the house in 1934 after falling behind on mortgage payments.

According to the research, Hitler treated his Jewish landlord "with courtesy" despite harboring strong anti-Semitism that would later contribute to the Nazi's murderous policy toward Jews.

Erlanger survived the war and was able to get his house back in 1949. 

The research was first reported on Saturday by Der Spiegel magazine.