Stated in his last will are the things he wanted done after his demise, including burning his body at their barracks where he spent a great amount of his time, his possessions and art collections to be left to his house and the executor of his will, Martin Bormann. He stated that he and his wife, not named, choose death instead of humiliation. (Junge & Muller, 45-61) His Last Will was the sign of his retirement, not from his principles but from being the Fuehrer of his allies. Dictating his Last Will to this Secretary proved that his suicide was premeditated and not a spur of the moment incident.Another proof that can be considered that Hitler planned to take his life was his visit to his doctor a few days before his so-called Death on the 30th of April, 1945. He asked his doctor, remained unnamed, a reliable and fastest way to go. It was said that Hitler got the poison-and-a-bullet-inNazis that the Fuehrer’s propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, together with his wife, killed all six of their children inside the bunker, followed by asking some of their troops to shoot them at the Chancellery. (Junge & Muller, 75-78)According to Hitler’s secretary and some other members who remained with him until the very end claimed that the Fuehrer gave them vials of cyanide as his last gift to them. They even mentioned Hitler apologizing to them for not being able to give them better gifts and advised them to use it as their option if the Soviets bombard Berlin. All these events indeed supported the Nazis’ claim that Hitler committed suicide but it is just a question of whether it was planned tactic or it just really happened.Even if the Soviets confirmed Hitler’s death, the question whether Hitler used a double or not is no longer surprising. It will be recalled that the Fuehrer once used a double at the Valkyrie incident. What the Soviets found then was a dead man who looked like Hitler but a few inches shorter than him. Although, it was more of a delaying tactic of the Nazis to buy them time to escape and plan for a counter than a serious con since it is not far from their knowledge that the Soviets will check the validity of Hitler’s remains. The Fuehrer was known to have utilized doubles in the past, which became no surprise to the public to question the validity of hisAccording to the story told by the Nazis, Hitler committed suicide with his wife, Eva Braun, by taking vials of cyanide followed by a gunshot to through the Fuehrer’s right temple.
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