How did Hitler die?place and manner of death

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Adolf Hitler committed suicide in the Fuhrer-bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945, ten days after his 55th birthday. He had been forced to accept the fact that the war was lost, as was his cause. He married his mistress, Eva Braun after which she and Hitler retired to his study. Each had a cyanide capsule, but were unsure if the poison was potent. They tried it out on Hitler's German shepherd, Blondi; it proved to be quite effective as the dog died quickly. Each then took a cyanide capsule, but Hitler also shot himself in the temple. His aides then carried his body outside, covered it with a blanket, doused it with kerosene, and attempted to burn it. The attempt was only partially successful. Soviet troops ultimately discovered Hitler's body; but did not disclose its discovery to the West until after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990's. For that reason, speculation as to the manner of Hitler's death--and if he were even dead--persisted for many years after his suicide.

astrosonuthird | Student

Wow! It was long essay on dieing of Hitler.

astrosonuthird | Student

He did suicide.

ciper | Student

Thank you, larrygates..though what happened to his and Eva's remains after the Russians dicovered them? Did they give them a proper burial?

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