April 30, 1945
Adolf Hitler and his newly wed wife Eva Braun, commit suicide at the em pending defeat of the Nazi army
Hitler (56) and Braun (33) married at midnight on April 29. They enjoyed a modest breakfast as husband and wife, Hitler dictated his will, and the couple said their goodbyes to their inner circle.
At approximately 3:30pm, Hitler shot himself in the right temple and Braun bit into a cyanide capsule. Their bodies were discovered several minutes after witnesses heard the fatal gunshot; Hitler’s staff waited those minutes, knowing Hitler’s intentions.
After their bodies were retrieved, they were taken to the garden and placed in a crater formed by a Russian shell during the constant bombing. They were doused with petrol and lit on fire.
The Russian forces found the charred remains of the Hitlers, as well as those of Joseph and Magda Goebbels (who committed suicide) and their six children (ages 4-11, who were injected with morphine before force-fed cyanide capsules; the children were murdered to spare them from the brutal killings and/or rapes the Russian troops were rumored to have perpetrated). The Goebbels died May 1, 1945.
The remains of the Hitlers and Goebbels were claimed by the Russians and buried. In 1970 the remains were exhumed, burned and crushed into dust, then scattered into the Biederitz river.
Several theories exist claiming Hitler’s suicide was faked in order to assist him escape, though no conclusive evidence has been produced to effectively prove these claims.