Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
What happened to Hitler, pp. 74-76 PDF (756.7 KB)
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. 75
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