Much speculation concerning the nature of Hitler's
demise was created by the contradictions in the various "eyewitness"
accounts of the death of Hitler and Eva Braun and the disposal of
For example Hitler's butler Linge, on February 9.
1956, stated, "When we came into the living room Bormann and
I saw the following. The bodies of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were
in a seated position on the sofa standing against the wall opposite
the door from the antechamber."
Bunker insider Otto Gunche, who entered Hitler's room
immediately after Linge and Bormann, gave the following description
on June 20, 1956: "Eva Braun was lying on the sofa standing against
the wall opposite the door from the antechamber. Hitler himself sat
in an armchair standing to the left and slightly forward--as seen
from the antechamber--but very close to the sofa."
Why the difference in accounts: Hitler and Eva on
the couch, or Eva on the couch, and Hitler in the chair. Did someone
move Hitler, after death, from the chair to the couch? Did one or
the other of these witnesses lie, and, if so, why?
WHERE HITLER SHOT HIMSELF:
Supposed eyewitnesses offered different statements
as to WHERE Hitler shot himself.
On September 2, 1955, frequent Bunker visitor Axmann
stated, "Based on the signs I found, I had to assume that Adolf
Hitler had shot himself in the mouth. For me the chin, which was pushed
to the side, and the blood trails on the temples caused by an internal
explosion in the head, all pointed to this. Later the same day SS-Sturmbannfuhrer
Gunsche confirmed my assumption. I stick to my statement based on
the signs I saw, that Adolf Hitler shot himself in the mouth."
Gunsche, however, in his June 20, 1956 testimony stated,
"The head was canted(tilted) slightly forward to the right. I
noticed an injury to the head slightly above the outer end of the
angle of the right eyelid. I saw blood and a dark discoloration. The
whole thing was about the size of an old three mark piece."
DID HITLER SHOOT HIMSELF OR WAS HE SHOT?
Linge, on February 9, 1956, stated, "I then went
into the antechamber to Hitler's room, where I found the door to his
room closed and smelt powder smoke."
Gunsche, in his testimony stated, "After Hitler
and Eva Braun had withdrawn I took up a position in front of Hitler's
rooms. I then saw--I did not hear a shot--Linge open the door to Hitler's
office and Linge and Bormann go inside, I thereupon immediately went
into the antechamber myself."
Gunsche found Hitler dead from a gunshot wound, and
But, if Gunsche was right outside the door, why didn't
he hear Hitler shoot himself? Were the doors/walls that thick? Did
a Russian artillery shell explosion outside mask the sound? Did Linge
or Bormann quickly shoot Hitler, WITH A SILENCED PISTOL, before Gunsche