In the closing days of World War II, Adolf Hitler told aides he didn’t want his corpse to end up in a “spectacle arranged by Jews.” After the Fuhrer’s suicide, aides carried his body outside his Berlin bunker, doused it in gasoline, and set it aflame. What happened next isn’t entirely clear, but Soviet files show the Red Army repeatedly removed remains they believed were Hitler’s. (Some historians think the shelling outside Hitler’s bunker was so severe his body would have been indistinguishable from dozen of other corpses.)
The body said to be Hitler’s was buried in three different locations in Germany in 1945 and moved to a military base in Magdeburg in 1946. When that base was set to be returned to German control, the KGB worried the remains would be discovered, so in 1970 they dug them up, ground them into ashes, and scattered them over a tributary of the Elbe River.
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