DNA tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story

Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German monster

Research on a skull fragment thought to be Hitler's has cast doubt on the circumstances of his death/ Reuters

Research on a skull fragment thought to be Hitler's has cast doubt on the circumstances of his death/ Reuters

Guardian.co.uk/Uki Goñi—In countless biographies of Adolf Hitler the story of his final hours is recounted in the traditional version: committing suicide with Eva Braun, he took a cyanide pill and then shot himself on 30 April 1945, as the Russians bombarded Berlin.

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.

Until now. In the wake of new revelations, the histories of Hitler’s death may need to be rewritten – and left open-ended. American researchers claim to have demonstrated that the skull fragment, secretly preserved for decades by Soviet intelligence, belonged to a woman under 40, whose identity is unknown. DNA analyses performed on the bone, now held by the Russian State Archive in Moscow, have been processed at the genetics lab of the University of Connecticut. The results, broadcast in the US by a History Channel documentary, MysteryQuest: Hitler’s Escape, astonished scientists.

According to Connecticut archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni, it was clear from the outset that something was amiss. “The bone seemed very thin; male bone tends to be more robust,” he said. “And the sutures where the skull plates come together seemed to correspond to someone under 40.” In April 1945 Hitler turned 56.

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History Channel’s Mysteryquest: Hitler’s Escape

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Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five

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4 responses to “DNA tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story

  1. Fascinating! The conspiracy theorists are gonna love this. The whole story of Hitler’s suicide and the subsequent cover-up of his death is somewhat bizarre. It just doesn’t add up from an investigative standpoint. He takes cyanide and then has the ability to shoot himself? Doesn’t cyanide work quickly? And then he and Eva Braun are plunked into a crater, doused with petrol, then burned, along with the bloody couch? And if he was burned, would the one testicle still be there, or would it have burned?

    How fortunate the Soviets somehow retrieved the bloody couch and the skull, which couldn’t be just “anyone’s.” Maybe Stalin was right to insist on his continued search for Hitler’s remains. Not that I don’t think that H-Man was cowardly enough to take his own life, but not in the “heroic” way as described. That was a bunch of ballyhoo created for the masses mourning the loss of their fuhrer.

    • audiegrl

      Aww hell, we need LC to chime in on this forensic mystery. 😉

      Hitler didn’t seem like the type to kill himself, in his mind he was more important than that. Also, the cyanide angle seems a bit suspicious too. That normally works pretty quick (at least it does in the movies). That’s interesting about Stalin, maybe he was on to something. Do you think that maybe it was Eva Braun’s skull? She would have been about the right age.

      From this to the Romanoff’s the Russians are always in the middle of some damn controversy regarding burnt remains.

  2. thelcster

    ok, here’s the thing…
    narcissism – “I am the most person in this society.”
    megalomania – “”I am the society!”
    it always struck me as odd that Hitler killed himself. To me there is a major difference between the two personality traits/disorders. Ryan Jenkins, for example was a narcissist in the simplest manner. he killed himself (in my opinion) because he could not deal with the thought that people did not like him! Hitler knew for a fact that, at least 6 million Jewish people did not like him. did he come out with a statement apologizing? absolutely not! he did not care how the populous thought of him (based upon the things i have read about him).
    not knowing much about the “Hitler is still alive conspiracies” it would not surprise me if he faked his death in order to continue his reign from a much smaller stand point. this forensic evidence hypothesizing that the skull did not belong to Hitler will hopefully open up many doors into determining how Hitler spent his last years. i look forward to finding out more!

    • audiegrl

      great points LC, your studies are paying off! 😉

      I encourage anyone who is interested in this story, to take the time to watch the 5 part youtube clips below. They have some great re-enactments and additional information about this discovery.

      History Channel’s Mysteryquest: Hitler’s Escape

      historychannellogo
      Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five

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