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A Jewish woman who once lived next door to Adolf Hitler has offered a chilling account of the period.
Alice Frank Stock, who recently turned 102, lived in the same apartment block as the Nazi dictator in Munich in the 1920s and 1930s.
Alice, who eventually moved to England and is now living in a care home in Bristol, once saw a coffin being taken from the apartment.
She lived with her family on Prinzregentplatz, and her parents August and Valerie escaped Germany just days before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Alice said: "We lived in a house – a big house – and there were two entrances.
"One was our apartment, number 14, the other was either number 13 or 15. That's where Hitler lived.
"We heard many [rumours], from the cook and others. We saw a coffin being carried out of the entrance.
"I think a niece of Hitler's was living there and then she died.
"There was speculation of how and when she died. I think there was truth in it that the coffin was carried out and in it was a woman.
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"But there was no confirmation ever, and you couldn't talk openly."
Hitler's relationship with Geli Raubal – the daughter of his half-sister – was a matter of controversy even within the Nazi party.
It was rumoured among contemporaries that the pair were in a romantic relationship despite the 19-year age gap and family ties.
Raubal took her own life in Hitler's Munich apartment in 1931 with his gun at the age of 23, although theories about his involvement in the death persist today.
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Alice added: ”I never spoke to him. Once I went to the opera, I got tickets through the school. It was in the royal box, I was very pleased.
"I got there in the evening and there were SS men saying: 'You can't come in here – go two boxes further down'.
"As the curtain went up I looked at the royal box and there was Hitler sitting there.
"I saw him once or twice coming home too. His car would draw up.
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"Two SS men would jump out stand either side and he would rush up to the house – terrified obviously of someone who would try and kill him."
Alice worked for the BBC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) after leaving Germany.
She met her husband Roy Macdonald Stock – a Military Cross winner – while working for the OECD in Paris in 1966.
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The pair were together for 38 years before they married in 2004, and do not have any children.
They left the French capital in 2009 and retired to Bristol, where Roy was from originally. He sadly died in 2011.
Alice added: "I have had a good life. [I would advise] lots of walking and hiking, along with the occasional glass of red wine!"
Due to Covid restrictions, Alice’s birthday celebrations were small and she spent it with staff and residents at Druid Stoke Bupa Care Home.
The building in Munich still stands and has been occupied for various usages over the years.
- Adolf Hitler
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