What could be worse than calling yourself “Hittler”? A man in the USA doesn’t believe this and has even begun to see the benefits of such a surname.
If your last name was Hitler and you went to the registry office to change it, surely no one would ask you why. But one man in the United States not only chose to stay with him but also learned to appreciate the benefits of sharing a name with the infamous Nazi dictator.
Johannes Hitler is a business consultant who lives with his family in San Jose, California. This week someone noticed his last name, and it started becoming a viral phenomenon on X (Twitter) and became a Trending Topic (TT). to which the trainer responded kindly He posted some photos with his wife and answered every question they asked him.
A journalist from 404 Media became aware of him and contacted him to learn more about what it means to be called “Hittler” in a country that lost nearly 300,000 men fighting him.
“The same thing always happens to me. When I have to introduce myself, I say “John,” and when they ask me my last name, I tell them to guess because it’s the worst in all of human history. Many people don’t understand the game, and when I tell them, they are surprised and say, “That can’t be right!”
“The ironic thing is that my family is Irish. Our grandparents were Sullivan, Lynch, Hunter, and Hittler, And since God, of course, has a sense of humor, I got the last one. “My parents are one of those stubborn Irish types, and they said there was no way we were going to change our last name, so here I am,” he added.
When asked whether he had not thought about changing his surname as an adult, Hittler replied that although it caused him problems when he was young, it gradually turned into an advantage.
“The problems have decreased over time since the Holocaust. I grew up a generation or maybe a generation and a half after the Holocaust, with children, their ancestors, grandparents, uncles, or someone who died during that time. He definitely caused me problems, and I was constantly getting into fights. But then I realized it has its advantages: no one ever forgets my last name. I don’t even need business cards. It’s a kind of curiosity. And when I learned not to get carried away by those who provoked me, I didn’t even see it as a problem anymore,” he explains to the publication.
People assume b/c of my name, that I fit into a box of sorts.
Meet my wife, who has lots in common with me. That's why we are great life partners.
We both are passionate about what we believe, love family (we have 7 kids between us) and have fun in most things we do. pic.twitter.com/UowDkVkoYK
— John Hittler (@EvokingGenius) September 6, 2023
Still, John gave his own children the freedom to make their own decisions.
“I have seven children, five of them my own, and my wife already had other children. Two of my five children have changed their last names. One guy got married, and his wife didn’t want to take his last name, so he didn’t keep it. They preferred to stick with Hunter, my maternal grandfather’s last name, which they both thought was a good name. By the way, out of my five children, three were adopted because they were orphans in Russia, so surprise! They have a new family in America who loves them, and oh, the last name is a gift,” he jokes.
404 Media was impressed by John’s positive attitude and asked him for professional business advice.
“Imagine it’s been a year and we’re at the French Laundry (a very expensive restaurant) in Napa, California. It’s the best restaurant in the country. If we flew there and spent $1,500 (1.3 million Chilean pesos) per person—and it’s worth every penny; I’ve been four times—to celebrate what we’ve both accomplished working together, what would we celebrate then?
“People first tell me, ‘Well, business grew 20%.’ So I tell them, “Don’t fuck with me.” So we go to McDonald’s. Then they change their mind and say, “We made a million dollars this year.” So I tell him, You know, that’s worth going to the French laundry for. The idea is to get people to think outside their comfort zone so that they really question what they can achieve if they do their best,” he concludes.