Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Death of Hitler

63 years ago today Adolf Hitler committed suicide with his mistress/wife (they were married one day prior) Eva Braun.

On April 30, 1945 Hitler, Braun, and fellow officers and their families hid in a Berlin bunker as the Soviet forces advanced into the center of the city. Around 3:30 in the afternoon, Hitler killed himself by bitting into a cyanide pill while shooting himself in the head. His and Braun's bodies were carried out of the bunker and unsuccessfully burned. Two days later the Soviets found Hitler's remains and performed an autopsy, confirming that it was indeed the body of Hitler. The bodies were then secretly burnt and buried in an unmarked grave beneath a paved section of the front courtyard. In 1970, when the territory was scheduled to be returned to the East German government, the KGB secretly dug up the remains and dumped them into the Elbe river.

And here, for good measure, is an embarrassing picture of him.

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