We all know how Russia loves propaganda, without missing a chance to glorify their army, and most of all their WWII resolution. If about Stalin we can be pretty sure that he’s dead, having his body exposed in a mausoleum, about Adolf Hitler the story is just a bit different. After all kind of movie scenarios, with him escaping the bunker and later on and Germany, reaching South America by submarine, and there living in some kind of ”SS Heaven”, another story continues to pop-up.
This time it’s about more solid evidence and a straighter question. ”Some historians expressed doubt that the Führer had shot himself, speculating that accounts of Hitler’s death had been embellished to present his suicide in a suitably heroic light. But a fragment of skull, complete with bullet hole, which was taken from the bunker by the Russians and displayed in Moscow in 2000, appeared to settle the argument.” (The Guardian)
So, this skull fragment pops up, and the Russians are claiming that is the ”ultimate relic”. According to witnesses, the bodies of Hitler and Braun had been wrapped in blankets and carried to the garden just outside the Berlin bunker, placed in a bomb crater, doused with petrol and set ablaze, so where does the skull fragment comes from?
”For decades after the war the fate of Hitler’s corpse was shrouded in secrecy. No picture or film was made public. As the Soviet Army secured control of Berlin in May 1945, Russian forensic specialists under the command of the counterintelligence unit Smersh (an acronym for “Death to Spies”) dug up what was presumed to be the dictator’s body outside the bunker and performed a post-mortem examination behind closed doors. A part of the skull was absent, presumably blown away by Hitler’s suicide shot, but what remained of his jaw coincided with his dental records, a fact reportedly confirmed when the Russians showed his surviving dental work to the captured assistants of Hitler’s dentist. The autopsy also reported that Hitler, as had been rumored, had only one testicle.” (The Guardian)
Samples of the skull were sent for testing in Connecticut, in order to put an end to this debate, and understand if the human remains found in 1946, reopening a hole located in front of the bunker’s exit, could clearly be connected to Hitler. The results confirmed without doubt that DNA coming from the skull examined, incontestably belonged to a woman. The only certain thing is that we still don’t know what exactly happened in that bunker, after 70 years from the facts.