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Adolf Hitler's Height is 5ft 8in (173 cm)

Infamous Austrian German leader. He was supposedly measured at 173cm for a physical by the Austrian Army.

How tall is Adolf Hitler
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Larry said on 18/Sep/15
I thought Hitler was 5'9".

I never understood why British people complain about the Blitz, when we had already bombed cities and towns in Germany for four months!
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". People are just too afraid to speak about Hitler honestly. They're scared the Jewish Political Correctness Police will get them unless they call him "evil" or disparage him with some untrue insult. That is why Hitler has become THE most lied about man in all history.
Key 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?
Melon 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 :
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If he was really that height, that would make Hitler also at 5'10".
michael 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.]
haz 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.
MrFish 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?]
MrFish 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.
Vlad 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
Sam 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
drammensveien1 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
Thanks tunman

155 so 11 stone/69kg
Average indeed
Alex 6'0 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.
Bran said on 19/Jan/14
How talls Goebbels ?
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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
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!
MD 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.
ghp95134 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) 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.
Orlando 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.

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