The body of Adolf Hitler, as well as the remains of Eva Braun and the Goebbels family, were apparently discovered by Soviet SMERSH (the Russian version of the CIA) agents on May 2, 1945 in a bomb crater near the Reich Chancellery. SS troops had attempted to burn the bodies repeatedly,...
The body of Adolf Hitler, as well as the remains of Eva Braun and the Goebbels family, were apparently discovered by Soviet SMERSH (the Russian version of the CIA) agents on May 2, 1945 in a bomb crater near the Reich Chancellery. SS troops had attempted to burn the bodies repeatedly, but the remains were not totally destroyed. The bodies (apparently as many as 10 or 11 humans)
... were repeatedly buried and exhumed by SMERSH during the unit's relocation from Berlin to a new facility in Magdeburg...
Their finally resting place was an unmarked grave in the paved courtyard of the unnamed building in Magdeburg. On April 4, 1970, KGB agents removed the remains once again when
they secretly exhumed five wooden boxes containing the remains of "10 or 11 bodies ... in an advanced state of decay". The remains were thoroughly burned and crushed, after which the ashes were thrown into the Biederitz river, a tributary of the nearby Elbe.
The bodies probably included Hitler and Braun; and Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, his wife, Magda, and their six children. The bodies of Hitler's two dogs, Blondi and Wulf, had also been found in the Fuhrerbunker (Hitler apparently first tested the cyanide of Blondi), as well as those of Generals Krebs and Burgdorf, also suicide victims. It is believed that Martin Bormann assisted in setting the initial fire that consumed the bodies of Hitler and Braun. Goebbels was present at this cremation, saluting his former leader's remains before later committing suicide himself.
There is still controversy today concerning the Soviet version of what they claim to have been Hitler's remains.
In 2009, DNA tests were performed on a skull Soviet officials had long believed to be Hitler's. The tests revealed that the skull was actually that of a female under 40 years old.