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The Death of Adolf Hitler - The History of a State Secret

As the Red Army closed in on Berlin on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker. But legends about the Nazi dictator's lived on. Was his body ever found? Did he manage to escape?

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After Hitler died, aides poured gasoline on his body and set it alight in the garden of his chancellery. A few days later, the Soviets discovered the remains. But the body was burned beyond recognition, and they could not be sure it was his. Only after a top-secret investigation could Hitler be positively identified, thanks to information provided by his dentist. At the same time, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin publicly stated that his army had been unable to find Hitler’s body. Wild rumors swirled about Hitler's death. Stalin even accused some of the Allies of helping him escape. What were the secrets behind this deception? What happened to the two German women who helped identify Hitler's body?