Adolf Hitler's Height
5ft 8.5in (174 cm)
Infamous Austrian German leader. He was supposedly measured at 173cm for a physical by the Austrian Army, although In a book by David Irving "The War Path", he mentioned that "As seen by his doctors in 1939, Adolf Hitler stood 5 foot 9 inches in his socks and weighed about 155 pounds."
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Average Guess (58 Votes)
5ft 8.55in (174.1cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 30/Apr/17
"Hello again!" said the bumble bee. "Have you missed me? Here's my owner's new estimate!" 🐝
Then the bumble bee put his hat and coat on to vanish for another few weeks!
said on 23/Apr/17
Hitler actors ranked in ascending order from smallest to tallest:
1. Charlie Chaplin
2. David Bamber: 5'7", acc. to Click Here
2. Robert Carlyle: 5'7", acc. to Click Here
2. Bruno Ganz: 170 cm (5'7"), acc. to Click Here
3. Alec Guinness
4. Oliver Masucci: 188 cm (6'2"), self-report during interview
Nik said on 23/Apr/17
Hi Sandy, I didn't know that you could vote for the same person more than once, I thought that Rob had changed it so that you could only have one vote per celebrity/famous person, (or infamous person in Hitlers case!) thanks for telling me that. Of course it is likely that he wore lifts, right from being very young when he was embarking on his "so called" career he would have wanted to have appeared as tall as he possibly could in order to portray a more macho image, and lie you said because he was an admirer of the tall. There is nothing wrong with men being small, they are no worse than tall men in any way, but that will not have been Hitlers mind set! If Hitler was a 5'6.5" lift wearing guy then I would not be surprised in the slightest. Do you remember those Meerkat adverts Sandy?
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Apr/17
@ Nik - Every few weeks, the voting box reappears, giving us the opportunity to vote for the same person again if we have changed our minds about his or her height! It is something I have picked up on since coming to the site! That is why I tend now to write down in my comments how much someone is! Then in a few weeks, if I have changed my mind, I can vote again.
Yes, I think the likelihood of Hitler wearing lifts is high! If they were around in his day, of course he'll have worn them as he was an admirer of the tall! Simples!
Nik said on 21/Apr/17
I don't know if you have noticed but Mr Hitler has been relegated from having the16th most popular page to the 20th most popular page! I found this out in the last week when I navigated his page via the "Top 50 Celebs" page. When you said you could vote for him again, do you mean his height? How does it work? I thought you could only guess it once. Maybe you too are open minded to the possibility that Adolf wore lifts!
Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/17
@ Nik - Yes, never mind! In a few weeks time I can vote for him again though and this time....well, use your imagination! Poop! 🐝
Nik said on 17/Apr/17
I know it's a shame that we have had our knuckles rapped a bit! But never mind'
said on 16/Apr/17
Well, Paul Merton was not referring to Hitler, but to Charlie Chaplin in the role of Hitler. By the way, almost all Hitler actors were too small. Alec Guinness had the right height.
Editor Rob: do you mean to tell me that this portrayal by Chaplin wasn't the truth!
that Adolf cared less about his height and wasn't vain in the slightest!
I am glad the topic is back to height...👍
I've never looked at all the actors who have played Hitler in Movies, TV or film, but it would be interesting who was the tallest actor or shortest to play him.
Sandy Cowell said on 16/Apr/17
@ Rob - Thanks, and thank you also for mentioning my messages regarding Trump. 👍
@ Nik - C'est la vie! Yes, it's a shame and I enjoyed reading and writing about flatulent dogs on Hitler's page, but all good things come to an end! 😭
Nik said on 16/Apr/17
Ok I understand.
Yes good old Paul Merton!
Nik said on 16/Apr/17
That would not make him self conscious abiout his height though!
said on 16/Apr/17
Upgrade to 174, Rob?I remember 173 that.
Editor Rob: I think the 174 mark is a real possibility.
said on 16/Apr/17
@ Rob - OK! I quite understand! 👍
That's an interesting and amusing, not to mention very agreeable comment from Paul Merton!
Good old Paul Merton! 👏
Editor Rob: I understand, and similarly regarding Trump...for readers, if they browse comments they want to see mostly height-related, the odd digression is forgiveable though.
James said on 16/Apr/17
"Little man" could just mean a petty man, obsessed with trivial issues.
Nik said on 16/Apr/17
Yes I think I know which ones you were talking about, they were from the 11th April I think. I kept on adding symbol after symbol as incredibly I kept finding ones that you could derive apt words from! It's a shame the comments have been removed.
said on 16/Apr/17
@ Nik - You did! Our off-topic chats about dogs and others have been removed, as you can see, after being complained about!
Editor Rob: things can easily veer off-topic.
there is more give and take on the rob paul page.
back to Hitler, I read a quote a while ago from Paul Merton, saying "Adolf Hitler. a vain little man, terribly self-conscious about his height".
Albert said on 15/Apr/17
An acquaintance of mine has a suit worn by Hitler. I tried it on and it fitted. The sleeves were not too short. I'm 5'10.5" tall.
said on 15/Apr/17
Rob, why don't you remove this off-topic posts?
Editor Rob: There's some leeway allowed at my discretion, but you are correct in that the page has gone off-topic, it's about Hitler's height.
Nik said on 15/Apr/17
Which emojis? Who sent them and what date are they from?
said on 12/Apr/17
The idea that Hitler wanted the Germanic people to be tall, blond and blue-eyed is just another urban myth.
I don't think "carpet muncher" is appropriate.
Editor Rob: yes, I think trying to stay to topic of height as much as possible.
Doubtful said on 8/Apr/17
Hitler wasn't obsessed with height in the sense that he was worried about his height. But he admired tall people. 178 cm was the minimum height for a soldier of the "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler".
Doubtful said on 8/Apr/17
It is variously recorded that Hitler developed a poor posture in 1943. He told his secretaries (among them Traudl Junge), "Eva wants me to keep my back straight." So from 1943 on, Goering's posture was not necessarily looser than Hitler's.
Sandy Cowell said on 8/Apr/17
@ Nik - I saw a programme about Hitler and how hell-bent he was about getting his own back for the First World War. He wasn't right in the head and had a power complex. Yes, I agree he is a good contender for the most evil human ever and should be on a programme entitled 'Most Evil', that's if he hasn't been already! He would score top marks!
RisingForce said on 7/Apr/17
Tunman, yeah, there were other mini-Stalinists. That was a standard early on in the Soviet bloc, and guaranteed you a good shot at leadership. I think that Stalin's violence continues for his entire reign with most of it during a time of peace that astounds me so much, not that the war was any better with order no. 270 declaring all Soviet POWS as traitors. Pol Pot had Stalin's paranoia and certainly violence, but I think he was much less stable. Stalin may have been reprehensible, but was underestimated and really outmaneuvered all his rivals. Pol Pot's quick demise is proof of the difference. As a free market libertarian, I never condone any firm of totalitarianism, but objectively both Stalin and Hitler had talents that explain their meteoric ruses. Both had strong wills and Hitler's oratory skills cannot be underestimated. Back to height, I can agree with 175 cm. I'm operating on the assumption that those measurements were barefoot, if this is shown to be false, I'll probably amend my guess to 173-174 cm.
Nik said on 7/Apr/17
@Tunman @Sandy Cowell
I wouldn't rule the lifts out!
Most evil person ever?
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Apr/17
@ Tunman - Your comment is also very interesting, but doesn't it make you want to give him SUCH a kicking? Yes, it was sick how he was obsessed with a master race and considered so many good, hard working people to be sub-human, or 'untermensch'.
(I'll have to check the spelling of that awful word with my Dad).
Tunman said on 5/Apr/17
Actually both were unusual dictators but for different reasons:under Stalin no one was able to say where he would end the day,the process was under a single rule:Randomness,even for commies themselves.
Actually many communist leaders followed Stalin's pattern like Mao,Rakosi,Pol Pot and Kim il sung.No one was certain to be spared which made people living under a constant fear for their lives.Just think that Eastern dictators like Dimitrov,Ulbricht,Dej...were just smaller copies of Stalin perhaps with less sadistic tendancies.
Under Hitler as you said the vowed enemies were indeed the ones that expected to be persecuted which should make Hitler more predictable than Stalin from this side at least.Hitler's evil was to be shown much more during the war instead of "peacetime"(33-38) because his ideology was based on the superiority of "Aryans" and "aryan blood" hence the harsh rule was to be imposed not on the "superior german" but "inferior slavic people"or jews etc.
A rare example for Hitler's ideology was in Japan in 1930-45 (superior race,vital space for that race,extermination of so called subhumans).Hopefully his case was extremely rare.And unlike Stalin,the regimes of eastern Europe that were backed by the Nazis in early 40's were not aligning themselves for ideology but for another reason that coincided perfectly with far right ideology at that time:Irredentism.
Hope I made everything clear!
Back to height I know that Hitler wasn't that obsessed with height and I doubt he wore lifts.But keep in mind that he was perfectly aware of the importance of image, had techniques about voice,tone and gestures almost brought them to an art level.I think that cameramen worked in that sense which although not always probably often included height aspect.
I reckon he often looks 175 but that also depends whether guys at Nuremberg were measured barefeet?And whether he was at Landsberg.Again anything between 173 and 175 is arguable.If you look at some pics with 180 Rosenberg he could look anywhere in that 5'8-9 range.174 is still a good compromise.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/17
@ RisingForce - Your comment from 2nd April made for some very interesting reading! 👏
RisingForce said on 2/Apr/17
Stalin was actually a lot more petty, sadistic and arbitary than Hitler and don't mistake this as an endorsement for Hitler or to say that Hitler couldn't be incredibly brutal like his statement to his secretary after the Night of Long Knives purge, military methods like Einsatzgruppen etc. but Hitler murdered his avowed enemies for the most part and was more detached from it leaving it to Himmler, Heydrich, Eichmann etc., mostly during a time of war, while Stalin obviously murdered opponents as well like so-called "Kulaks", but also murdered masses of loyal Communists including his inner circle through the Yezhovshchina/Great Purge. I've not heard Hitler was overly concerned with height to that point. As for with Goering, we'll posture is why Hitler looks about 177 cm there and I know he's not that tall, but the difference can't be more than an inch standing properly, imo. I see Hitler at least 175 cm in the 2 photos posted below with Ribbentrop as well. Either way, no photos are perfect, but full shots like this are about as good as we can expect, imo so I have to go with what he looks next to measured people. I believe the 5'9" in socks measurement in 1939, though I do remember Hitler looking a bit shorter compared to Mussolini. As for Stalin, I've heard he got lifts made in the early 30s and some who knew him like Bukharin said he had a height complex. This makes sense since Stalin was 165-166 cm max, imo if Churchill was 169 cm max and Tito 169-170 cm range.
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Apr/17
@ James - You're right about the 5ft8. That's what my Mum said he was (approx), and she used to see him on her way to school before the war got going. Children in Germany didn't start until they were 7 then, so this will have been 1929/30 onwards!
James said on 2/Apr/17
People lied about Hitler's height for propaganda reasons, the same way they did with Napoleon's height.
Tunman said on 1/Apr/17
175 is the max arguable since he was measured at that mark in prison.173 is the minimum.Virtually looked about the same as 174 Himmler but still shorter than Ribbentrop.I remember having thought there was 6cm difference between him and Mussolini.Again depends whether you think the latter is 167 or 169.5'8.25" or 173,5 still seems very reasonable.
Trust me Goering is one of least reliable guys to compare with due to very poor posture.I swear I always thought he was the same as Himmler tops
Plus Hitler was often, really often given camera advantage.I read enough on him and Stalin to tell you that anyone undermining them was exposed to death,cameramen were probably asked to put him on advantage.After all he was the Fuhrer...
A strong 5'8 is what he looks generally.
RisingForce said on 29/Mar/17
Based on the visual evidence then the only way Hitler wasn't 5'9" in socks is if all of those measurements such as Goering's 178 cm were in shoes and I know of no reason to suspect that.
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Mar/17
Sandy Cowell said on 28/Mar/17
😈 - 5ft8.25 of 💩😷
Ely said on 20/Mar/17
No way Hitler was 176..He was 173-174
RisingForce said on 19/Mar/17
Yeah, they do look similar, but I think Goering's posture is a bit looser. In any event, he does consistently look at least 176 cm compared to 5 measured heights so I can only estimate Hitler to have been 176 cm, or at least 175 cm.
Doubtful said on 12/Mar/17
In that picture, Goering appears taller than Hitler, but when I draw a line from Hitler's scalp to Goering's scalp there is no difference. Anyways, Goering (178 cm) might have been a bit taller than Hitler, just 1 or 2 cm. Anything from 176 to 178 cm is possible. Morell suggested 176 cm.
said on 11/Mar/17
Benito Mussolini was 1.67 m according to his police file in Forli, Italy (quoted by Jasper Ridley, "Mussolini, A Biography", 2000, page 35). Or 1.692 m, according his Swiss police file when he was arrested in Bern, 1903: Click Here
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Mar/17
🐝💨 🐝💨 🐝💩that's got it!
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Mar/17
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Mar/17
@ Nik - Yes, it would come very low down on my list of preferences!!! 😖🚿
Nik said on 3/Mar/17
Yeah a Personnel officer is not bad as a boss and neither is a Charity shop Manager, but an SS officer, the very worst boss to have.
Powerhouse said on 2/Mar/17
How tall was Benito Mussolini? Was he the reported 5'6.5?
Nik said on 1/Mar/17
I do not know how tall he was. I am of the opinion though that because he was a dictator he was more likely than most to have sneaked things into his shoes to make himself appear taller than what he was. Whether he did this or not I don't know.
Sandy Cowell said on 27/Feb/17
I still think Hitler was 5ft8 on the dot, but I've been through everybody's comments, so this time I shall give him a little rise because I have b🐝n
upsetting a few of you with my un-height-related comments! Sozz about that!
@ Nik - Yes, indeed! An SS Officer is never going to be the ideal boss!
said on 25/Feb/17
Yes I am glad I have never had a boss like that.
Do you think he could have worn lifts to increase his height by a few inches?
Editor Rob: in a quote I mentioned a few weeks ago, there was some talk that he might have worn lifts...but such things are hard to ever prove.
said on 24/Feb/17
I wonder why no one refers to the detention reports. These are official measurements. Did Hitler wear shoes that were two inches higher than Goering's? ;‑)
Goering (1.78 m)
Frick (1.78 m)
Doenitz (1.79 m)
Rosenberg (1.80 m)
Keitel (1.85 m)
said on 23/Feb/17
These irrelevant comments must be removed.
Editor Rob: yes, we must stick as much as possible to Hitler's height.
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Feb/17
@ Nik - You're right! My Mum absolutely loathed Himmler 😝, but she was still drafted in to work for the SS. People had no say in the matter! She was 20/21 when she stood up to an SS Officer saying, while pointing to his picture, "he's got the hands of a murderer!"
The officer said back, "be quiet! He's your boss!"
He was, my Mum described him, "very, very tall", unlike Hitler 😝 and Himmler 😝, who were it could be argued, slightly above average for their day.
My Mum also got into trouble for refusing to go to shooting practice, which was compulsory! When cornered about the matter, she was asked, "what would you do if the enemy was trying to shoot you?"
Her reply was, "if I was carrying a gun he'd shoot me. If I wasn't, I don't think he would! I am a woman and one day I will give life, not take
He secretly respected her for that AND he fancied her and had tried it on, to no avail, but said, "you do realise I have to punish you, don't you?"
She was made to work night and day for weeks on end to wear her down physically and mentally. Then she got badly wounded in a bombing. She was hit by pieces of shrapnel in the back of her head, her leg and her back. She said that it stopped her from being worked into the ground.
So you could say that she wasn't too fond of Hitler 😝 or Himmler! 😝
Nik said on 22/Feb/17
No I had not read it to be honest Sandy before your posting. Yes it is clear what your Mum thought of him, you can be proud of the bravery that she showed in stranding up for what is right. I do not think she thought very much of Himmler (also about 5'8") either to be truthful,
Sandy Cowell said on 22/Feb/17
@ Nik - Oh yes! There would have been tears, tantrums, screaming and angry words - from my Mum alone!
I don't know whether you've read my first Hitler contribution (from November), but if you did, you'll know what my German Mum thought of the guy! She used to see him as he was based next to or very near to her Primary school! She didn't like him before the war, not to mention when it all got going!
Well, my Mum would have taken the Hitler-containing box of crackers back to the shop and kicked up a real to-do, demanding her money back and more! She was a stickler for what was right!
Doubtful said on 21/Feb/17
Some people think that he had a Napoleon complex. He certainly did not have a Napoleon complex.
Nik said on 21/Feb/17
I bet when you were a little girl you would have run out of the room crying if a Hitler doll had popped out of your Christmas Cracker!
Yes I fully agree with you. Why is it that some people in the western world call men, past and present midgets if they are under 5'10"?
Me said on 19/Feb/17
Why people make him a midget,while in real he was even taller then average in his times?
Doubtful said on 18/Feb/17
Irving's source was Morell.
Morell said: 70 kilograms
Irving translated: 155 pounds
Morell said: 176 centimetres
Irving translated: 5 foot 9 inches
RisingForce said on 15/Feb/17
Not to deviate from height too much, but I wouldn't believe everything you hear about the drug stuff. From what I remember, Morell gave virtually everything to Hitler in injections, but some of the stuff you now hear sounds a bit dubious and sensationalist to me.
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Feb/17
Very interesting Hijopotamas! That is lethal, horrid 'speed-like' stuff which makes the user anxious, paranoid and depressed. Hardly the sort of thing to be prescribed to someone with serious responsibilities. It really is outrageous how easily things like that were to get hold of and how little they knew about the consequences of taking it.
RisingForce said on 14/Feb/17
Funny enough, I'm also close to 5'8.5". As far as the measurement, I know Irving's books are edited a bit differently in terms of expressions for both English and American audience, so it's very possible he said 5'9" for an American audience and used the metric system for the British. This could imply either 174 cm rounded up, or possibly 175 cm, but we'll have to find out more. He can look both closer to 5'8" and 5'9" so this does seem the most logical listing until we get more information.
RisingForce said on 14/Feb/17
I don't know the details of Ribbentrop's measurement, although the 5'10" does look believable. If it was an accurate barefoot measurement then I do believe Hitler looks near 5'9" in comparison, of course he could still just as easily be 5'8.5". I can't measure people precisely in photos of course, though I personally see more of an inch rather than 2 inches. David Lloyd George actually looks closer to Hitler's height in those two photos than Mussolini does, but assuming those heights, I think Hitler looks closer to 5'8", albeit a strong 5'8" such as 5'8.25" with George and closer to a weak 5'9", say 5'8.75" with Mussolini.
Sandy Cowell said on 14/Feb/17
@ Nik - Nowhere near as 🐝disappointed as I'd have felt if a Hitler doll had popped out! 🍌🐝🐝
Though I would have cheered up immediately if I'd have known that many years later, it would have been used to completely 🐝obliterate the credibility of Hitler on his height page and fill it with utter nonsense! 🐝
said on 13/Feb/17
Rob, do you think that the 5ft 9in measurement may be a round-up of 174cm? I think that Germany would have used the metric system. I think that there is sufficient evidence that Hitler's height was near 5ft 8in, but I can't really see more than 5ft 8.5in (coincidentally my own height).
Editor Rob: as I mentioned, we don't know if he was listed in feet/inches or metric in his Doctor's report, Irving called it 5ft 9...
always possible it was rounded up, I think 174 is probably the best compromise, the general opinion from users is that he was probably a bit over a flat 5ft 8.
Hijopotamus said on 13/Feb/17
Doubtful, Morell was Hitler's personal drug dealer. Would you trust any of his reports?
Hitler became a drug addict after meeting Morell who first prescribed him metheanphetamine.
said on 13/Feb/17
Hitler and Mussolini (169cm) side by side:
Hitler and David Lloyd George (168cm) side by side:
Nik said on 12/Feb/17
Yes I can imagine the disappointment you would feel as a little girl if a moustache popped out of your christmas cracker!
said on 11/Feb/17
His height was estimated to be 176 centimetres by Theo Morell, his personal doctor. In my opinion, this estimate is still too low, but closer to reality than the fake 173 centrimetres.
Source: Click Here
Tunman said on 10/Feb/17
@RisingForce Ribbentrop was measured at 178 by the allies the second pic you posted was the one I meant few weeks ago,in the first he definitely seems closer to the camera.
Okay I thought the difference was rather 5cm Rob perhaps thinks it's more likely 4.Actually Ribbentrop's hair is receding so could be a little fooling...hmmm perhaps 173,5cm is still the best answer but yeah 5'8.5 174 is fine,a little over a flat 5'8.
James said on 9/Feb/17
Ribbentrop was listed as 6'1".
said on 7/Feb/17
I agree, Rob. It's certainly possible. There is more on the medical records out there so perhaps we can find the answer more definitively. If Ribbentrop truly was 5'10" then Hitler can look around 5'9", imo. Click Here Click Here
But for now, I'd split the difference and say 5'8.5" would be the most likely guess.
Editor Rob: 5ft 8.5 may well be a better mark for him...I doubt the medical note about his height was made up, the question was if there was a metric value or just feet/inches.
Sandy Cowell said on 6/Feb/17
@ Nik - Oh, those nasty, uncomfortable moustaches and big fake lips from the crackers! When I was a kid, I took my Christmas cracker toys very seriously indeed! I'd kick up a fuss if I ended up with something like that - a dreadful one with tantrums and tears! I wanted something girlie!
Mind you, those plastic moustaches look better than the one in question, which could pass for something that's been grown to disguise an extra large mole!
Nik said on 6/Feb/17
Yes I think I remember seeing a moustache in a Christmas Cracker before, a black one I think like those you associate with being worn by private detectives. I got a really small ten pin bowling set in a Cracker last Christmas, my Mum didn't want it!
said on 5/Feb/17
Rob, I found a link to a PDF of the book Click Here
Scroll to chapter titled "Fifty" and page 343 in the PDF.
Editor Rob: ok thanks for pointing it out, I'll add the quote.
The question is whether this is really accurate and if Adolf truly hit 5ft 9. It's not infeasible to believe.
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/17
@ Nik - Too true Nik! I've found better ones in a Christmas Cracker!
RisingForce said on 3/Feb/17
Rob, here's the quote I was referring to from "The War Path."
"As seen by his doctors in 1939, Adolf Hitler stood 5 foot 9 inches in socks and weighed about 155 pounds."
Nik said on 3/Feb/17
No he's not got much of a moustache.
Sandy Cowell said on 1/Feb/17
Message received and understood! Splendid! 🐗💩😂
said on 31/Jan/17
Well, well, well! I've wondered about that before! Now I know! Thanks Rob - excellent!
Editor Rob: you could always type s*** the next time, self censor if you like.
said on 31/Jan/17
Oh, this again! I said a different word! One beginning in 's' and ending in 't'!
I like to keep swearing to an absolute minimum, so that's the swear filter in action.
Sandy Cowell said on 31/Jan/17
What a bagoogle moustache!
RisingForce said on 30/Jan/17
Interesting about Hitler wearing lifts, Rob. I've never read that or even read that Hitler was bothered about his height. Then again, it's a near certainty that Stalin wore some sort of lifts or elevator shoes and we saw Kim Jong Il do it in recent years, so he wouldn't be the only dictator.
James said on 30/Jan/17
Ribbentrop was said to be 6'1".
Tunman said on 29/Jan/17
For those thinking he was 5'10 please google hitler with ribbentrop and lord londonderry he's a solid 2" shorter than ribbentrop.173 maybe 5'8.25 max,period.
RisingForce said on 28/Jan/17
I'll type out the quote verbatim with the page when I time to look through my books, Rob. It's a shame my book is an American edition since I'd imagine that Irving as an Englishman would have used the metric system in the English version.
said on 28/Jan/17
Rob, what's the tallest that you'd guess Hitler at?
Editor Rob: I can understand 5ft 8.5 guesses for him, that's certainly not impossible.
I'm still undecided about whether Adolf was a lift wearer. In history, propaganda can create all sorts of lies. But I certainly would think it a possibility...
Here is a quote from a book called Hitler's Ashes:
"The authors were surprised to learn that they could not find an official listing of Hitler's height in any of a large number of books about the Fuhrer. Approximately a dozen World War II historians were contacted, none of whom could furnish the desired information. One of these individuals, who had actually met Hitler, thought that he was very short but created an illusion of greater height by wearing elevator shoes and special caps with a very high peak. Others thought that Hitler was as tall as 5 feet, 11"
said on 28/Jan/17
Frick (1.78 m acc. to U.S. Army), Hitler and Goering (1.78 m acc. to U.S. Army): Click Here
. This link should work.
Hijopotamus said on 25/Jan/17
Also in the original photo Franco had his eyes closed and looks tiny compared to Adolf who had his eyes wide open as usual.
said on 24/Jan/17
David Irving's book The War Path mentions him measuring 5'9" in socks in either 1938 or 1939 and also mentioned a specific weight of something like 158 pounds or possibly 162, I don't remember. But in any case, Irving had found Hitler's medical records in the 70's so it may be legitimate. I'd believe anything from 5'8" to 5'9" anyway.
Editor Rob: that's interesting if the 5ft 9 measurement is true, very!
Hijopotamus said on 24/Jan/17
Franco was 160 cm and very conscious about his looks.
That pic with Hitler was "photoshopped" so to make Franco look taller and one cross he was wearing was changed into another type of thing, cannot remember ....but theres a story about that pic and Franco being taller than in reality
said on 23/Jan/17
Rob, do you think that hitler could grow to 175cm in morning?
Editor Rob: lasla, it depends on what you think he was afternoon, 173 or 174cm, but he would surely be near 175 even if he shrunk down to 173.
Doubtful said on 10/Jan/17
@Johnson Sorry, there is a copyright watermark on the image. Google it. You will see Frick, Hitler and Goering standing side by side. Goering appears smaller than Frick and Hitler because he doesn't stand upright.
Johnson said on 8/Jan/17
Upload the img to other source it does not work
Doubtful said on 8/Jan/17
@Johnson The link works again.
James said on 8/Jan/17
Franco was less than 5'4", like Canaris.
Doubtful said on 8/Jan/17
@Johnson I see. "Access is denied." Open images.google.com and type in: getty images hitler frick goering. The first picture is the right one.
Johnson said on 7/Jan/17
@Doubtful I cannot see the pic
said on 7/Jan/17
@Johnson Hitler's height should not be estimated upon Franco's height because we do not know Franco's actual height.
Use the data from the U.S. Army:
Rosenberg: 1.80 m
Doenitz: 1.79 m
Frick: 1.78 m
Goering: 1.78 m
Ribbentrop: 1.78 m
Here we have two (or probably three) 1.78 m people in one picture: Click Here
MJKoP said on 7/Jan/17
James said on 5/Jan/17
He only wore ordinary shoes.
You knew him?
Johnson said on 6/Jan/17
@James Franco 163 officially. Why did you say 164? There are one pic of both shaking hands and Hitler looks 173-175 but far of 177 cm
Doubtful said on 6/Jan/17
1.78 m or 1.77 m are possible. It says here that 1.73 m was the measurement result by the Austrian Army. But is there any reliable source for this information? I think Goering's height is reliable.
James said on 5/Jan/17
He only wore ordinary shoes.
Hijopotamus said on 3/Jan/17
This guy slept on his military gear and boots so subtract an inch of what you are considering.
said on 3/Jan/17
The historian was definitely right about Hitler being 5'10". ...
Editor Rob: as I said, let's stick to height, and as much as possible.
I would be shocked if Adolf measured 5ft 10.
James said on 3/Jan/17
I apologise to anyone from the United States who takes offence at criticism of Churchill, they may not realise just how hated he was in the UK.
Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jan/17
@ MJKoP 😝
said on 2/Jan/17
MJKoP said on 1/Jan/17
Rob, are you really going to permit disgusting revisionist crap comments like the two on Christmas day?
Editor Rob: I'll take away the comparison comment, but the other? It's an opinion he looked 5ft 10.
Well, the "opinion" was based off of an excerpt from a book that appeared to be authored by a Pro-Nazi psychopath. I see you deleted the link to the highlighted passage, but I don't think any such biased information should be allowed as evidence. And I'm not concluding the guy was Pro-Nazi solely due to the 5'10" claim...I googled the man and many of his viewpoints are very questionable.
Editor Rob: when I clicked the link nothing showed up from the book, it was an empty page, so it was a useless link.
Although it would have been interesting to see what the passage said surrounding this 5ft 10 belief.
said on 1/Jan/17
Rob, are you really going to permit disgusting revisionist crap comments like the two on Christmas day?
Editor Rob: I'll take away the comparison comment, but the other? It's an opinion he looked 5ft 10.
Guest said on 25/Dec/16
Please change it. Hitler was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall (178 cm) tall.
Please also look at pictures of Hitler standing next to Goering. He was about as tall as Goering whose height was 178 cm according to the Nuremberg detention report.
said on 20/Dec/16
rob how does it feel to be the same height as one of the most evil men of all time?
Editor Rob: leo, there are evil men of all heights, religions, races and heights.
There are also a lot of good 5ft 8 men and women!
berta said on 10/Dec/16
i just saw a documentary about him i thoínk he looked in the 175 range in it but if he was measured 173 then thats right but no shorter he looked a little taller
ragty said on 1/Dec/16
Hitler lost a few inches towards the end of the war due to a crooked back. Peak height 5ft8.5
James said on 26/Nov/16
Hitler was at least 5 inches taller than 5'4" Admiral Canaris.
said on 25/Nov/16
@James So true. Hitler was a solid 5' 9".
Here some pics with 1.63-1.64 Franco:
James said on 23/Nov/16
The Versailles Treaty ensured World War II happened. If it hadn't been Hitler leading Germany it would have been someone else.
He was easily 5'10" at his peak.
Don't forget the European colonial powers were occupying half the world in 1939.
phil said on 20/Nov/16
Hey Rob,considering you dont mind adding infamous people, would you consider adding Ted Bundy? I think people would be quite interested.
The Master said on 18/Nov/16
5'10" in his prime, look at pics with Mussolini, Goering,needs upgrading.
Bobby said on 18/Nov/16
The Nazis wore what we would call today, elevator shoes. They weren't very blessed in stature, and so wore those boots, which allegedly gave three inches to their height to look more intimidating. I'm a strong 5'10 guy, if I put on those boots, I'd be 6'1. I think now the average German height is about 5'11. Close to the average of Greece which is 5'10.
Aza said on 15/Nov/16
Yep.. good listing Rob.
Sandy Cowell said on 8/Nov/16
PS: Himler might be spelt with 2 M's (ie: Himmler! Sorry about that folks!)
Sandy Cowell said on 7/Nov/16
What on Earth...?
OK - here goes! Before the war, when my German Mum was a tiny little girl, she used to regularly see this megalomaniac hanging round the place where he was conducting his goings-on at the time! It could have still been in the 20's, but it might have been in the early 30's. All I know is that it was before the war, so Hitler was 'stewing', so to speak! My Mum is, alas, no longer with us to ask.
Anyway, when she first told me, and I was certainly old enough to understand the enormity of what he did, I was absolutely
staggered! My Mum looked to the skies and said, "he was a seedy-looking excuse for a man!"
She also looked daggers at me as if to say "WTF's the big deal? He was nothing to look at!"
She was beaten up at 16, for refusing to join the 'Hitler Youth', and then the boy was pounced on and beaten up by a PROPER man for picking on a girl!
She also risked being put into a concentration camp for saying about Himler "he has the hands of a murderer!" to an SS officer.
When she came to this country in the late 40's, all Germans were tarred with the same brush! There were some of them who hated the war and knew that Germany had to lose. My Mum knew many of them!
She risked her life standing up for what she knew was right and just, and for that I am proud of her!
(Hitler and Himler were different people! It isn't a typing error!)
James said on 22/Oct/16
He was clearly taller than Mussolini, so no way was he only 5'6". Germany and Italy should have declared war on the US in 1940 after the Destroyers for Bases Agreement.
said on 19/Oct/16
Rob, would you estimate 5ft 8in in 1945? He would have been 56 years old.
Editor Rob: I think a man like Adolf would have kept good height till his 50's, albeit a tiny fraction lost isn't unbelievable.
Phil said on 18/Oct/16
i am a 5 foot 10 german guy and Hitler was a 5 foot 8 austrian guy. he was NOT german. sorry Adolf.
by the way in Germany we call the austrians " apfelstrudel"
Bobby said on 17/Oct/16
There's a picture of him on Wikipedia and he doesn't look anywhere near 5'8, he looked about 5'6 but I'll give him 5'7 just because it's feasible but he was a manlet, at that height. By today's standards he's below average.
James said on 14/Oct/16
Hitler should be upgraded to 5'9". I've never understood why Americans pretend they were still neutral after Lend-Lease began in March 1941.
Danny Gilad said on 6/Sep/16
According to published measurements and close observations of people who met him he was between 5'8'' and 5'9'' [173-75] which was the average height of german men of his age. Goebbels was very short about 5'4'' or 5'5'' and had deformed club feet which caused his waddling gait
Ejel Khan said on 29/Aug/16
In his peak the führer was listed as 175cm and 168llbs. 5'9" and 12st. These records are from WW1, when he was 25. They should be accurate as they were official army records leaked online. Discourse concerning his height is mere conjecture propogated by the allies. In 1914 5'9" was considered above median height. 5'5" Chaplin's portrayal of Hitler perpetuated the short myth.
said on 19/Aug/16
Rob, do you know what source has Hitler at 5ft 8.5in? Thanks.
Editor Rob: it is supposed to be from military records. Back in the 30's and 40's he was typically called about 5ft 8
Sam said on 9/Aug/16
Its not exactly fair that people are calling him short when he was born in the late 1800s and the average was pretty much 2 inches shorter than it is today. Look at it objectively and he'd be 5'10 if he was born 100 years later. Some might argue is still a modest height, especially for someone with that much power, but definately not short, not even 5'8 is short by todays standards. Its pretty common and average for old folk.
Tunman said on 30/Jul/16
About 5'4 and nothing to do with a tall blond blue eyed Nordic,lol.Funny how the worst antisemites were miles away from what they pretended to be the "master race".Streicher was roughly 5'6 and bald,Himmler was sickish throughout his life and Ley was only 169 fat and alchoholic.Regardless of their horrible deeds,it's incredible how Nazi Germany put trust in such individuals as incarnations of "Aryans".I guess that Goebbels who genuinely had an exceptional talent for rhetoric which challenged Hitler's charisma especially when the defeat was becoming more and more obvious in the last 2 years was able to compensate all his physical handicaps as he was very convincing as a speaker(and interestingly successful with women).
66sick said on 23/Jul/16
how tall was goebbels
said on 22/Jul/16
Rob, could you give an estimate on the height of Hitler's niece, Geli Raubal? She was described as tall in one account, and she's barely shorter than her uncle in pictures.
Editor Rob: would need to find time to look at her, at the moment above average yes.
Tunman said on 11/Jun/16
I assure you I've seen enough vids to tell without the least doubt that Heydrich is not the 191 listed at.Trust me Himmler at 174 reaches at least his eyelevel so definitely he won't be more than 186.
I was the first surprised to discover that the SS were actually only average height really no more than 5'8 in the end.However,I reckon that some high ranking officers were indeed tall,the average for them must have been near 5'10,as many,though not all,had high positions in society (lawyers,physicians,even some from the nobility)
ghostbuster said on 5/Jun/16
You forgot Reinhard Heydrich, he was 191 cm tall
Dadson said on 10/Apr/16
Hitler was of average military man height. I can tell from the pictures. In the mordern, technological world a short man is fittest as head of state.
said on 17/Mar/16
If I might be allowed to reply, no I am not German but I think you have to remember the part the British Empire and France played in causing World War II.
Editor Rob: it's best we stick to height on this page, as sometimes it could veer off and end up a discussion not suited for celebheights...
5ft 9.25 said on 12/Mar/16
Are you German as well?
5ft 9.25 said on 10/Mar/16
I wouldn't rule out 5ft 9 peak. If Austrians measured accurately 100 years ago is more than questionable... In his final years he suffered from several injuries and appears an inch shorter.
Tom said on 7/Mar/16
Hitler should be upgraded to 5'9". Don't forget he offered to end the war in July 1940 and again in May 1941.
LoganNoll1996 said on 16/Feb/16
Looking at photos on google, Hitler was close in height to Rommel. 5'8" seems good though I wouldn't leave 5'9" out of the question since he could look similar in height to Himmler.
The Antropologist. said on 13/Jan/16
The average height for Nordics in 1927, was that of 173-174 cm. Same height as the Viking times. While romans were around 158 cm at the same time as us big Germanics. Hitler belongs distinct into 2 white archetypes of race. The Dinaric and the West Phallian Cro-magnon morphology. he was certaintly not a short man as some misinformed people write here. I heard inside rumours of Hitler being around 178 cm actually? But I cant verify that. So the height of Vikings were the same thousand years earlier. In the dark centuries of the medieval starvation/plague and poor living standards dropped to 169 cm again for Northern Europe. Im an race expert and studied races for more than 15 years and read over 4 Million pages on the subject. The average height of Nordics being 178-180 cm for around 35 years old now. The new offspring tend to meassure now 182,5 cm in Denmark as second largest people and 184,4 cm in Holland as the tallest white people. Where the land is most flat you find the tallest types. Like Denmark Jutland Anglo blood or Wallon/Dinaric to Anglo in Holland typically. In rain forest people get bushman height because of the undergrowth of the forest. Hope this shed some light on the true facts here. Sincerly Viking.
Lardy said on 2/Jan/16
He wS shirt for his height.
said on 3/Dec/15
Rob, how tall would you guess Heinrich Himmler to be? Most sources list him as 5'9" and one source even gave him a 5'8.5" listing. Yet he can look the same height as Hitler who you have as a flat 5'8".
Also I believe that was mid/upper average back then height-wise. Nowadays 5'8" is considered low-average for humans in general.
Editor Rob: 174 might have been possible
Tom said on 25/Nov/15
Hitler was certainly taller than 5'8".
I don't know why anyone would object to this page. The Versailles Treaty ensured there would be World War II, and if it hadn't been Hitler leading Germany then it would have been someone else.
Shorya said on 20/Nov/15
I don't believe..... I thought he was too short in height....
said on 18/Oct/15
Hitler was 5'9".
[Editor Rob: it is best to stick to height.]
Rajat said on 10/Oct/15
From a lot of persons I got to conclude that He was a man of a short stature but big impact... His style was unique.. Height about b/w 5'5" to 5'7"... who knows if he used to wear high healed shoes.. so to look a little tall.. most of the men do
said on 9/Oct/15
how tall was Mussolini rob? looked smaller than Hitler
[Editor Rob: Mussolini probably was near to 5ft 6. There are insance 5ft 9 and 'barely over 5ft' descriptions, but in a few books that 5ft 6 figure seems common.]
W.Wilmink said on 7/Oct/15
Göring was 5.8 173 cm, Adolf Hitler was 2 or 3 inch smaller. Goebbels was a real dwarf 5.1 or 5.2 ! Every has to sit on the chair when he comes into a room !
Larry said on 18/Sep/15
I thought Hitler was 5'9".
VinMan said on 16/Sep/15
This is the most blatantly wrong one I've seen here. Hitler was between 5'9" and 5'10". Some sources even say 5'11". He CERTAINLY was not 5'8".
said on 3/Sep/15
lol. I was Googling Presidents heights, and Hitler came up. Rob, why do you think Google changed his height from 5'8 to 5'9? Its been 5'8 ever since I first Googled him 2 years ago. Now they changed it. Why do you think that is?
[Editor Rob: I put myself as an Editor and try to interact. You could ask them if you want and see if they respond...
As for Adolf, there are reports he was measured 5ft 8 and 8.5.
One person who met him once said, "To the fraction, he was as tall as I, five feet eight inches"...]
Tunman said on 25/Aug/15
I know, Goering could even give a 5'6-7 impression in some pics but the thing is that he was measured by the allies at 178.In fact 179 isn't excluded at peak since he was fat and addicted to morphine.
I think Hitler was too often given advantage for pics even if it's not that obvious.
With almost every person whose height is known he looked way over 5'8.
We may always assume the allies measured their prisonners with shoes on but nothing is less certain.
The Master said on 20/Aug/15
Hitler was 5'9". He was described in his youth as "lanky". Can you add a picture Rob?
said on 19/Aug/15
Göring as 5'10" is preposterous. There's plenty of pictures with him and Hitler standing side by side and in most pictures Göring doesn't appear any taller than Hitler, in fact they look pretty much the same height :
If he was really that height, that would make Hitler also at 5'10".
said on 8/Jun/15
so you are saying hitler thought of himself as short?
[Editor Rob: I don't know what Hitler would have thought himself, but others do like to attack the short tag when describing or mentioning him.]
said on 7/Jun/15
hitler often gets listed as short and complexed about height in historical articles, although 5ft8in is a pretty average height for 2015 and I imagine for the 1940's it migh have been even above average
Rob, would you say Hitler is called short/complexed to give him a motive for being a megalomaniac dictator or in 1940 the german average height was already above 5'9?
[Editor Rob: there may be elements to attaching mention of his stature in a negative manner and with vague reason for why he had the beliefs he did.]
Tunman said on 2/Jun/15
Ladislas Farago in his book about Bormann pointed that the Berlin Archives showed Bormann's height as 165 (5'5)which seems perfect as he constantly looked at least 3"shorter than Hitler.
As for Goering he was measured at 178 by the Allies,however he was quite fat and held really poor posture most of the time.In some videos,he could look 2"taller than Hitler,although rarely I must say.
Also quite interesting that so many people today think of the nazis as tall men.
Having seen lots of sources I recall only 3 famous nazis over 190
Ernst Kaltenbrunner 192 from his papers (no way 6'7,also his wife described him as 6'4 to the Allies)
Otto Skorzeny 192 famous for freeing Mussolini
Amon Goeth 193 KL commander made famous by the movie Schindler's List,measured by the Allies.
JB said on 29/May/15
I was curious about this page and did a little research. Goering was listed as tall, 5'10" & Borman, short 5'7" In a couple of photos Hitler seems to stand higher than both. Can't seem to find a historically proven height for Adolf. Some of the comments here are interesting to say the least.
said on 20/May/15
Rob, how do you regard the 175 cm record from Hitler's imprisonment?
[Editor Rob: could it have been in prison footwear?]
said on 1/May/15
Rob, is your estimate of his height solely based on written records (the mentioned physical), or is 173 supported, in your opinion, by photographic evidence?
[Editor Rob: from considering all the evidence available.]
Arch Stanton said on 11/Feb/15
Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. should have pages too. I think a page for Hitler is fine. I don't think any of us like him or what he did Sam but let's please try to leave those issues out of this site. Looked about 5 ft 8 in the Olympics film.
said on 11/Feb/15
Seems like a lot of people here bash Hitler and say that he wasn't even human, just shows that nowadays nobody looks into things and just accepts whatever the TV tells them.
[Editor Rob: this is really just to talk about height, was he barely 5ft 8, really 5ft 8.5?
I mean there are many many other forums to talk about war, historical accuracy and objectivity, news and media bias etc.
Tunman said on 29/Jan/15
Funny to see how the high ranking nazis were so far from the nordic ideal they spoke about:tall,athletic,blond,fast.Some like Goebbels,Bormann to cite only few are even the total opposite of that ideal.Even more funny is that some jewish were in fact tall blond guys,much closer to Nordic type
Not only was the ideology stupid but even those who did promote it were really hypocritical,maybe they should have started by exterminating themselves,lol.
TRex said on 26/Jan/15
How about you go deal with your problem elsewhere Sam. I'm Jewish also, with family that emigrated from Poland in 1933, and I was curious about that ******* height. ... And BTW Hitler is historically more important that Ghandi and MLK in the grander scheme of things, in a terrible way, but that is how human kind learns not to let these things happen again
said on 23/Dec/14
Rob, would you consider removing this page and relocating Hitler to Historic Heights?...doesn't help that I'm Jewish, but it seems rather wrong that Hitler get his own page, while folks like Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. do not. I would admit Hitler's height might be of historic interest but, like Tunman says, where do you draw the line with murderous human monsters like this?
[Editor Rob: as the most infamous dictator in modern history, there is still considerable interest in his height. For me, it's enough to warrant a separate page to discuss his stature.]
176,2Tunman said on 13/Dec/14
I'm not sure monsters deserve to be in this site,Rob certainly dislikes the idea of adding hateful persons such as Oussama Ben Laden or Ted Bundy or else.
He rather focuses on actors and singers which is quite understandable
said on 12/Dec/14
173 cm is certainly not low when you're born in 1889. Why do people say that he was short. is it because he was a monster ?. Here in Norway we had a sadistic torturer name Henry Rinnan which was probably more hated than Quisling and Hitler added together he was real short 159 cm. guess who's Rinnan Click Here
Mr. Rob have you considered having more "monsters" here, I would say that Charles Manson is a celebrity when the whole world knows who he is, but I can not find Charles Manson on CelebHeights and he has an interesting height
Hitler said on 16/Nov/14
Hitler was 174 cm.
The Master said on 11/Nov/14
Easily 5'9 in his prime. Goebbels was described as "a dwarf" in the Daily Mail, in the early 1930s.
Amaze said on 17/Oct/14
155 so 11 stone/69kg
said on 18/Sep/14
5'8 was average for his generation but today I believe Germany is a bit taller on average than the US Rob?
[Editor Rob: more 5ft 10-10.5 range]
176,2Tunman said on 4/Sep/14
I read that in an SS division named Totenkopf the required height was 174+ but after 1938 Himmler asked doctors to soften the admission criterions.
Himmler was allegedly 174 according to the autopsy and some sites list him at that mark.
In his early career Hitler looked virtually the same,when both in boots. I can buy 5'8.25 but in the last years he could look a good 0.75-1" shorter than Himmler due to Parkinson and the subsequent poor posture.
Possibly 155 in the early 1930's rather 160-165 for most of his tenure,very average weight.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Aug/14
Although 5 ft 8 for his generation would have been easily average.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Aug/14
Got a good look at him in Triumph of the Will. Yeah I think he looked about 5 ft 8. Didn't look clear short like 5 ft 6 or 5 ft 7 but looked lower average. He had one of the harshest voices I've ever heard, reminded me of a vicious Rottweiler or something. A perfect reflection of his personality and ideology!
Amaze said on 29/Jul/14
I can believe this. Obviously we all hate him but this does not change his height. Hes no more than 5'8 or lower than it. Wonder how much he weighed.
176,2Tunman said on 1/Jul/14
Are you sure Heydrich is 6'3?To me he doesn't look that tall.He generally looks 4" taller than Himmler but rather 5" when standing tall in some reliable pics.I doubt he's over 6'2,does any reliable source gives his height papers,SS personal card or else?
Anyways it's true that Hitler was not a dwarf,somewhere between 5'8 and 5'9.Many people want to see him as a dwarf because of his evil deeds,but that's a clear lack of objectivity.
Ian C. said on 19/Jun/14
I think you may have missed my point, Falcon, which was that Adolph Hitler is an odd and slightly jarring entry here, because most of the other entries are concerned with people in show business. You can't discuss anything about Adolph Hitler with the same cast of mind that you might adopt to discuss Marlon Brando or Dean Martin, because Hitler is inextricably linked and can arguably be said to be the central figure in one of the greatest infamies in history: the rise of the Third Reich, and then World War II. Hitler is like Stalin or Mao. When we think of Hitler we do not think of political acumen or brilliant oratory. We think of mass murder and wholesale human evil as a political protocol. So who cares how tall he was? The most important thing about him right now is that he's dead.
dyll131198 said on 16/Jun/14
He actually looks a lot shorter, about 5'7'' or 170 cm.
176,2Tunman said on 10/Feb/14
Looks generally 3-4cm shorter than 178-78.5Ribbentrop, about 11 shorter than 185 Keitel(maybe 186peak)and generally the same than 174-5 Himmler especially in the first years (30's).In all honesty he could very well have been 174-5 which he even looked with 183-4 Speer and 183 Karl Wolff, still I can go with 173(since some of you pointed to footwear advantage) but nothing less really.
Somebody mentioned here that lowest height to belong to the SS was 175, this is wrong or at least was never really respected.Here is a list of some SS officers heights from their papers to prove this.
Mengele174, Eicke173, Rauff 168, Sepp Dietrich 170 (probably only 167), Gebhardt 169.Others in concentration camps staff were also way shorter than 175 (Hoess, Aumeier, Hoessler,Fritzsch,Clauberg,Moll,etc)
Some SS were tall but no way Himmler was the shortest maybe the average in the SS was 175 (against 172-3)for Young Germans at that time. Compare some pics of guys like Anton Thumann (very certainly 175), Globocnik (176), Pohl (176) Hocker (175) and you will see they aren't short but average. Hope this will clear it all.
5'9 3/8 Tunman said on 29/Jan/14
Well after seeing most pics with Himmler,ribbentrop and some others he's at least 5'8 and in fact there's a good chance for 5'9 although some camera angles may be deceiving
Ian C. said on 26/Jan/14
Hitler was so wicked that it pains many of us to assign to him any physical measurement at all, including height, because this means that he was human. Also, since most of the people considered in this site are in show business, it seem to trivialize Hitler's wickedness to speak of him in the same way we're arguing about Clint Eastwood or Elvis Presley. Nevertheless he is a fascinating addition to the collection here at Celebrity Heights, so I admire you for including him.
said on 19/Jan/14
How talls Goebbels ?
truth said on 28/Dec/13
But yeah it is a myth that Hitler was a short guy. In his time, the average white European was 5ft8-5ft10, so Hitlers height was pretty decent. Now the average is 5ft10-6ft0.
truth said on 28/Dec/13
yep about 5ft8, 5ft9 is almost the same so he could have looked 5ft9.
Tom T. said on 17/Dec/13
What's the diff? He was 5' 9: ot there about! Hitler himself would not have got as worked up & angry about his height as you are! WOW, Let it go already...lol.
Colin said on 16/Dec/13
Hitler was 5'8", this is an established fact. Hitler's best biographer, Ian Kershaw, states that was his height; his army service records do too; all photographic evidence confirms he was of average height. Trying to turn him into a midget because you don't like him is infantile.
subway said on 5/Dec/13
he was 1,72cm 1,73 no more!
said on 5/Dec/13
Can you delete the most recent post by "Bull****" on 3/Dec/13?
In fact, I know you won't do it, but I'm already noticing most folks can't really handle this page. Just my two cents, but I'd either shutdown commenting on it or delete it, entirely. I mean, the rest of the internet can debate his height if they want to, but we shouldn't be giving audiences to trolls, and lord knows this page has and will continute to attrack trolls and hateful people.
[Editor Rob: that comment was meant to be deleted, but sometimes can get wrongly approved...that's one of the problems of working from home - interruptions that break up your day...]
MD said on 1/Dec/13
A lot of people want him to be tall, too, seeing some of the posts on this page. And the fact was that even for the time, he wasn't.
drengler said on 28/Nov/13
A lot of people WANT Hitler to be a dwarf but looking at several photos should make them realize that he wasn't really a short guy among his contemporaries (Churchill, Stalin or Mussolini were shorter than him but were not called "short"). He kinda looks short next to men like Heydrich (6'3") or younger Germans who were mostly over 5'8".
MD said on 12/Nov/13
But, he wasn't 5'9".
Go Balls said on 10/Nov/13
Just saw a documentary about Martin Borman. In several film clips of the two together Hitler was taller than Borman by about two/three inches. Borman's skeleton was measured at 5'7" - which corresponded with records used to identify his remains. Winston Churchill described Hitler as "that despicable little man" so I was surprised that Hitler was 5ft 9 or so.
Mecir said on 21/Oct/13
Hitler was 5 feet 8 inches tall - he was measured during his physical for the German army in 1914. Average height for a German when he was born (1889) was 5 feet 7, so Hitler was a taller man than the average.
John said on 21/Oct/13
Hitler was 5'8", slightly above average height at the time he was born.
general sherman said on 29/Sep/13
When my history teacher saw his uniform on display she was surprised that she wouldnt be able to fit in it. She was exactly 5 feet tall on a good day, but she said the shoulders of his uniform were so thin her shoulders could never fit. Based on his uniform size she estimated he was about 5 feet 2 inches. He had a really good propaganda crew with him rivaling that of the film makers in the Lord of the Rings movies that make him appear taller than he actually was. Most shots of him are from a low angle with the sun behind his head making him appear super tall and christ-like (halo effect), but in reality Hitler was very short. There is now way Hitler was 5' 8'' if my super tiny history teacher couldn't fit in his pants and shirt. Plus any documentation of his height should be subject to question as his propaganda seeped into every aspect of his life. But a man's clothes don't lie. Hitler was a lil dude.
Mike said on 16/Sep/13
Hitler was 5'8" and hardly the archetype of Aryan Supremacy, the new Hitler, who is a true Bavarian is a little over 6 feet tall and looks like the model Aryan, he also has a more steady temper.
donkeykong said on 16/Sep/13
he was 5 foot 8" and 1centimetre egsactly
moerlitz said on 28/Aug/13
He was not "tall" but he wasn't short either. One can't define his height judging by photos of his late days because it's well known that he was by then a sickish hunched shadow of the man he used to be.
Will said on 10/Aug/13
I am dead serious that Hitler was about 5'6", not 5'8". Adolf Hitler was not a tall person to me at all.
matheuscore said on 11/Jul/13
cyninbend said on 25/Jun/13
watching a doc on assassination attempt of Hitler--he was a foot shorter than all the military leaders walking with him. His big hat went only to their mouths...and that's his hat not his head. He was a little dumpy guy.
cd said on 17/May/13
172 cm is my guess.
truth177cm said on 1/May/13
172.5-173cm at low and 175cm first hour in the morning. He was not short then but average or even a hair above, today he would be a short man.
said on 20/Mar/13
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's height was 170cm -- I saw his Soldbuch (ID book)which registered his height: Click Here
According to his son, Manfred Rommel, Hitler liked his father because he was a bit taller and could comfortably look Rommel in the eye. I've also checked the height of General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffel -- he was 5'2".
So, you have Rommel's son's statement (albeit I cannot remember when I read that) -- let's just call it "hearsay" -- that Hitler could comfortably look into Erwin Rommel's eye; a link to Rommel's soldbuch showing his height at 170cm, and a physician's report saying Hitler was 175cm. Why the doubt about Hitler's height?
JonSnow said on 15/Mar/13
Napeleon wasnt short and Napaleon wasnt tall, Napaleon height was 168cm - 5,6 stop posting nonsense he wasnt 5,7 or 5,8
Allstar said on 14/Feb/13
Actually, Napoleon wasn't short. There was a mis-translation (by a professor Brown I believe) who translated the documentation from Fench to English, and got it wrong. Napoleon's body was exhumed at one point, and the skeleton was measured and his height was found to be approximately 5'7". The average Frenchman at the time was 5'4". Napoleon was tall for his time. Please correct this persistent fallacy. Courtesy of Furman Univ. History Dept.
Vuks said on 10/Feb/13
@S(aint)...you are wrong im austrian so i know that
American people have always been smaller than middle european ones
average austrian height is 1.81 m US height height 1.77m the only ones who are taller than we are dutch, with am average height of 1.84 m
Ayush singh said on 6/Feb/13
in hitler movies it shows 5.5'inchs
marla singer said on 31/Jan/13
In my history book, it says he had a complex about his appearence because he was "short" (reportedly 1.70 m in the text), with black hair, slightly tanned skin... completely the opposite of the arian man he wanted to be (tall, slim, fair skin and blonde hair). The book also says he wanted SS volounteers bodyguards to be much bigger than him (5'11 at least) so maybe 5 ft 8 is a stretch.
Alex said on 29/Jan/13
@ Imparcial: I agree, being shorter or taller doesn't make the man any less despicalbe. Not to mention it's pretty racist to think that an evil person should be necessarily short.
me said on 29/Jan/13
Hitler was about 5'8.
Imparcial said on 28/Jan/13
I´m sorry Will but everything indicates he was 5'8. All historical documents at the time (even from non-nazi sourcers) indicates he was that height, and there is even some sources that stated he was 5'9. I know he was a bad person but still lying about his height is pretty childish Will.
Will said on 27/Jan/13
Hitler had to be shorter than 5ft 8. He is more like 5'5" in reality.
Will said on 8/Jan/13
No, Hitler was never 5ft 8in tall. He still rather is quite short standing mainly below average height. A small man that he knowingly is. I think Hitler was just only 5ft 6in tall.
(S)ain't said on 2/Jan/13
Hitler was listed as 5'8" by his doctor. Definitely not short for that time. On average German soldiers were 2 inches shorter then American soldiers. I read an article about Hitler and discovered his height. And the German soldier heights I found on a video about America no longer being one of the tallest countries.
MrX said on 1/Jan/13
Solid Tall for a man born in 1889
truth said on 22/Dec/12
ok a weak 5ft8 or 173cm is a good listing.
truth said on 2/Oct/12
I think he was 170cm, below average/short today, then an inch below average. He didnt look "short" but quite average and his build was kind of stocky so he appeared even shorter. Oh and Stalin was 5tf6, Lenin 5ft5, Goebells 5ft4, mussolini 5ft5, they were all short guys. Change it to 170cm Rob.
Dr. Frankus said on 1/Oct/12
Numerous historical documents and books say he was about 173 cm or 5'8". Eva Braun was about 5'3" so compare when they're standing together. Of course she usually is wearing heels of 1-2" but I haven't read about Hitler's shoes. The Russian autopsy reports say shorter, but that was a difficult measurement on a burned corpse.
moerlitz said on 27/Sep/12
Everyone always mentions that Adolf Hitler was a small man but if you study historical videos and pictures of him being surrounded by other people you will realize he wasn't THAT small at all. I remember a photo taken during the first world war showing him with two of his brothers in arms and he was the tallest.
I believe he was at least 174 cm (a solid height for a man born in the 1880's) and when he reached his mid50's he got sick his posture got worse and he starded giving people the impression of a dwarf.
Orlando said on 16/Aug/12
The book "Hitlers Jugend" (Hitler's Youth) by Franz Jetzinger (who managed to get hold of Hitler's Austrian Army file) states: "On 5th February 1914 Hitler duly appeared before the Standing Military Commission in Salzburg. His height is given in the list of conscripts as 5 ft 9 in." It matches the prison file of 1924: 1.75 m tall.
said on 16/Aug/12
A document found in 2010 concerning 1924 Hitler's imprisonment lists him at 1.75 m height and 77 kg weight. It does not state if he was barefoot or not. Footage of Hitler shows that he wore high-heeled shoes most of the time. Check at: Click Here
Steve said on 1/Aug/12
Himmler was certainly 175 cm. I know it because he made the shortest limit for entering the SS 175 cm, and he was 175 cm. Hitler is shorter than him an all the pictures about 1 or 2 cm, I cannot be sure. It seems to me he was 173, maybe
173.5 , but my history teacher told that he was 174 cm and that it is taken as a historical fact.
Ronald said on 12/Feb/12
Bob, "Napoleon Bonaparte who really was short". He wasn't check the internet he was an inch shorter than Hitler.
Bob said on 31/Jan/12
He was average height of the time (178cm +- 2cm).
He has been "made short" by western media, to try and make him a more goofy/stupid person, comparable to Napoleon Bonaparte who really was short.
Tom said on 26/Jan/12
german history shows that - germans are average height is 5'9" for males. and on old discovery, history channel videos shows he was tall guy. his mother was austrian and father was german - his height must be between 5'11" - 6'2" definetely.
Isabella said on 14/Dec/11
@logan noll 1996: He's either 6 feet or 5'9"?! You do realize that one foot is not 10 inches, right?
logan noll 1996 said on 18/Nov/11
hitler was about 6 foot tall, maybe 5 foot 9. In documentaries, he's usually an inch or two taller than the people he's with. My pappy said Hitler was 6 foot tall.
Steve said on 25/Sep/11
Appeared to be of average height for Germans of that time. My guess is 68"-69".
Saloon Singer said on 14/Sep/11
William L. Shirer said Hitler was 5'9 and he saw him lots of times.
Tom said on 17/Aug/11
Maybe he should have been Adolf Frankenberger. Relatives DNA showed a Y chromosome rare to Western European and common in Ashkenazi's. Still mostly Aryan for sure and a white man in anyone's mind.
Matt said on 3/Aug/11
@ras, i think Hitler and the Nazi's viewed 178 cm and up as good because requirements for the SS were 178 cm. Could be wrong, but Himmler was 5'9 and they decided you had to be 5'10 to get in. Not to mention proving German ancestry back to 1750.
Matt said on 21/Jul/11
@advocate, are you suggesting that you're an advocate of Hitler or Nazi's in general. I certainly understand the points you made, and Hitler was a brilliant speaker and all. That said, if you like Hitler you're a **** of epic proportions. Sorry.
c-mo said on 20/Jul/11
@Ras ...he said 5'11 not 6'2
Ras said on 20/Jul/11
I DO think he's short because according to his own standards, nordic men were supposed to be at least 6'2" and well built, he was neither of those though.
gary said on 12/Jun/11
Okay, "somegirl" - but that simply adds to the argument of planned, or at least thinking parenthood!
z89 said on 17/May/11
he always seems average height in the footage I've seen of him, he's not tall but he's not short either, probably 5'8 or so.
Marcio said on 16/May/11
I think people think he's short because they associate him with napoleon bonaparte
Daniel said on 14/May/11
What history wronte on 14/Mar/11 makes the most sense. People confuse their hate for Hitler with an objective assesement about his height. He never ever looked short compared with the men of his time, so his height being 5'8'' is not only reasonable but also logical when you compare him with those around him.
random said on 9/May/11
he was a tiny madman who probaly felt insecucre about his height
Phil said on 2/May/11
You can't be serious, Rob. Hitler was measured 3 times. 5 foot 6.75. (169 cm) 5 foot 7.25 (171 cm) and 5 foot 7.75 (172 cm)
His height was measured by his personal doctor (private physician)
BTW I'm German and Hitler was Austrian;) I despise Nazis.
Marinewannab said on 22/Apr/11
um the shrinker not to be mean but 6'8 is infact an extremely rare height to reach. The average human being is about 5'9 for a man and 5'4 for a woman (the average taken in 2005. Inless you are using something other than ft and inches.
the shrinker said on 15/Apr/11
You are all right,
the average height for the years old boys is 6'10'' nowadays,
the average for adult man is 8'2'', the 6'8 is midget nowadays and I'm not joking,
I say this completely seriously, in the future the average height will be "the taller the better"
I'm just show you better your point of view in this matter, this is your philosophy
some girl said on 11/Apr/11
dont hate hitler he had a hard life and needed alot of help
erk said on 10/Apr/11
ok...how is touching the bottom of the basketball net even relevant to "powerful" of course he was powerful only a idiot would deny it. evil but powerful. a madman too. but saying "couldn't even touch the basket ball net" is hypocritical to Hitler's ignorance in judging people on their physique or genetic characteristics. plus plenty of these basketball players and "tall" sports figures are dumb as a doornail.
jason young said on 24/Mar/11
he was a very short man and very ignorant he thought he was powerful and he couldnt even touch the net on the basket ball court
history said on 14/Mar/11
I watched the film Goebbels Experiment which has lots of footage of Hitler and Goebbels, especially from the early years when the each were more freely interacting with crowds. Hitler was definitely above average height for regular status men of his time but not by a lot. Hitler was 5'8"-5'9" but the average German man about 5'7", across all ages, but with younger men likely 5'8".
Another observation is just how few men really were distinctly taller than Hitler- rarely over 6'. I think the perception of Hitler being merely average height for his time are that there are more seen images of him surrounded by military officers, who overwhelmingly came from aristocratic families, back when better nutrition and health care made a material difference in height among classes.
Goebbels was around 5'4"-5'5" and short but surprisingly often not nearly shortest man in public crowds of the time.
D said on 12/Mar/11
Raleigh the pictures and videos of Hitler have been edited many times to make him look silly, it't called propaganda. Hitler was around 5'9 slightly taller then Himmler. Plus Hitler didn't claim tall blond Aryans were the ideal race, he said the Nordic race play a great role in a civilization, and the whole Nordic thing was nothing new that came with Hitler, it was already largely discussed in the Western world.
Raleigh said on 25/Feb/11
The first image I saw of Adolf Hitler was in a historical reel during a trip to Disneyland, he looked rather silly looking for history's most vicious dictator, and his stature looked that of a small man. I saw an image of Charlie Chaplin and remarked that Hitler looked like Chaplin. I think even 5'8" is a stretch, he probably was more like 5'6" to 5'7" tall. Ironic how such a silly looking man claimed tall blond Aryans were the ideal race, also ironic that he became all powerful in a nation of tall blondes.