Adolf Hitler 'did not shoot himself'

Russia’s top KGB archivist has claimed Adolf Hitler poisoned himself rather than committing suicide with a gun in the manner of a “soldier”.

By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
Published: 5:55PM BST 07 May 2010

Lieutenant-General Vasily Khristoforov, the top archivist for Russia’s FSB security service, said Soviet military medics at the time were only able to determine that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun had died after ingesting cyanide on April 30, 1945.

He said the “myth” that Hitler died an honourable death by simultaneously shooting himself in the head as he took a cyanide capsule appeared wide of the mark.

“The presence of the remains of crushed glass capsules in the mouth and the sharp odour of bitter almonds from the corpses, and the results of an internal post-mortem led the (Soviet) commission to conclude that it was death by cyanide poisoning,” he said.

“Thus the myth put about by those Nazis left in Berlin that ‘the Fuhrer died like a soldier having shot himself in his bunker’ was shattered.”

Soviet medics found no serious wounds on Hitler’s heavily burned body either, he added.

If accurate, Lt-General Khristoforov’s account casts doubt on the widely accepted version of how Hitler died. It also raises questions over the authenticity of a skull fragment kept in Russia’s state archive that purportedly belonged to Hitler.

The fragment has a bullet hole in it yet American researchers claim that DNA testing of the skull has shown it belonged to a woman aged from 20 to 40 and could not be Hitler’s.

The Russians have defended the skull’s authenticity but have not offered their own DNA proof and this latest pronouncement appears to reinforce the idea that the skull is not Hitler’s.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7691912/Adolf-Hitler-did-not-shoot-himself.html

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