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Emil Maurice was never a "main Nazi," he was Hitler's bodyguard in the 1920's and helped kill some SA members during the Night of the Long Knives, June 30, 1934. While there were rumors that one of Hitler's grandfathers was Jewish, there is no confirmation of this, since his grandmother refused to reveal the father of her child, to her death. There is a suspicion that it was her Jewish employer, but there is no evidence of this, and Hitler never spoke of this, of course. I can find no evidence of Heydrich having a Jewish grandparent, and it's unlikely he would have been allowed to join the SS or achieve his high rank in the Nazi Party if this were true.

A word of advice to the questioner:

Beware mischevious stories. In the 1920s all kinds of gossip circulated about various Nazis, including stories claiming that they were partly (or even wholly) of Jewish origin.+___�

I disagree somewhat with the answer above. Emil Maurice was a very important member of the Nazi party. He was an original organizer of the SA and survived the SA fall from grace by switching loyalties, and becoming the founder and member #2, of the SS (Hitler was SS member #1). Consider that Himmler was SS member #168 and when Himmler found out about Maurice's Jewish Heritage the devious Reichsfuhrer attempted to have Maurice and his 3 brothers expelled from the SS. However Hitler would not allow this calling Maurice his most loyal and brave member from the earliest days of the Nazi party (In a secret letter to Himmler). Maurice was the closest bodyguard and confidant of Hitler from 1920 (!) to the end of hostilities, even keeping his job after it was revealed that he had a relationship with Hitlers niece, Geli Ruabal (It is believed that Hitler was sexually obsessed with Geli and may have caused or had a role in her suicide.). Perhaps only Martin Bohrman (Hitlers Personal Secretary) had closer access to the dictator than did Maurice. Maurice, was not considered a war criminal however, and died in Munich in 1972. I agree that there is no proof of Hitler or Heydrich having a Jewish heritage, but the evidence on this point remains hideously tantalizing, if circumstantial.

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