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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

What happened to Hitler,   pp. 74-76 PDF (756.7 KB)


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Hitler ordered his adjutant and chauffeur to await in a small
reception room in the air-raid shelter adjacent to his private
sitting room and told them when they heard two shots to enter and
carry out his body and that of his wife (Eva Braun, whom he
married 2 days before his death), dig a grave, cremate the bodies
with gasoline, and bury them in one grave in the gardens. The
chauffeur said the grave could be seen just outside the air-raid
shelter. Six blue jerry-cans of gasoline were used to cremate
the bodies. He also stated the blood of Eva Braun would be
visible on the sofa in Hitler's private sitting room; that Hitler
shot himself bending over with his head on his knees and was
picked up from the floor, while Eva Braun was shot on the couch.
I saw the grave-I saw the six blue empty jerry-cans, and went
on to see the other evidence.
Strange as it may seem, no Russian guard was at the entrance
of the air-raid shelter, though the electric lights were burning.
Huss said, "The stupid Russians-they must have left for lunch-
they do things that way."
We toured the shelter completely, saw the small waiting room,
about 15 feet long and 8 feet wide; went into the small personal
sitting room and saw the couch with bloodstains at the head of
sofa-the blood the chauffeur claimed was that of Eva Braun.
We then went into Hitler's small student-type personal bedroom.
His bed was made of cheap laminated wood and the wood had
curled from moisture. Personal effects were strewn throughout
the place. It looked as if very few people had visited that historic
shelter.
Adjacent to the small sitting room, on the opposite side from
Hitler's bedroom, was a small bedroom and dressing room and
bath used by Eva Braun. Here we saw her personal effects-
combs, perfumes, etc.-strewn on her dressing table. Everything
was damp and clammy, with about 4 inches of water on the floor.
Pictures had been taken from the wall. Dishes and silverware
had been thrown about, indicating that the Russians had done
some looting, but that souvenir seekers had not been in the place.
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