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Circumstances surrounding Hitler's death

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Adolf Hitler died by suicide on April 30, 1945, in his F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin. As Allied forces closed in on the city, Hitler consumed cyanide and shot himself to avoid capture. His body was later discovered and partially burned by his staff, following his prior instructions to prevent it from being displayed by the Soviets.

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Why did Hitler die?

Another reason I believe Hitler ordered the SS to kill him was that the Germany he envisioned, the Third Reich, was dead in ruins around him, Hitler himself having been locked in an underground bunker for weeks.  For a fanatic like him, truly, what was there left to live for?

Hitler had also ordered his army and SS to hold out in Berlin until the last man, and most likely felt it was only right that he himself should sacrifice his life in the end, though one could say it was in a cowardly way.

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He was also aware of how Benito Mussolini had been treated in the end.  Mussolini was executed and then put on public display.  He was hung upside down, was spit upon and then stoned by the citizens.

Hitler feared being captured by the Russians, who had been treated so poorly during the war (a fear shared by most Germans).  Many atrocities had been commited upon the Russian military and innocent civilians during the course of the war.

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Hitler died because he killed himself.  The reason he killed himself is that he had managed to lead Germany into a horrible loss in the war and he didn't really want to keep living.

In addition to that, there were a couple of other things (this is all what people believe since he didn't leave a note).  He also did not want to get captured by the Allies, put on trial and executed for the war in general and for the Holocaust.

More than that, he didn't want to get caught by the Russians who really hated him.  They were the ones closing in on Berlin where Hitler was.

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How and where did Hitler die?

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.

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How and where did Hitler die?

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.

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How did Hitler die?

Adolf Hitler died by committing suicide on April 30 1945 in his underground bunker (Fuhrerbunker) in Berlin. He shot himself with a pistol while his mistress, Eva Braun, died by ingesting cyanide, a deadly poison.

To put Hitler's suicide into context, a Nazi victory in the war was no longer possible. Stalin's Red Army had already captured Berlin, leaving the Nazis in a hopeless situation. Moreover, the Allied forces were positioned to the west of Berlin, ready and waiting to provide support, if needed. 

With the Red Army poised to take over the German chancellery (which stood above Hitler's bunker), Hitler had few options. He could risk escaping the city to go to the Berchtesgarden, his home in the Bavarian Alps, could surrender to the Red Army or commit suicide. Hitler chose the latter. 

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