Did Adolf Hitler Survive World War II?

People Still Ask Did Adolf Hitler Survive and Escape the War?

The history books are all in agreement. On April 30, 1945, in Berlin, Adolf Hitler shot himself in the head with a pistol. His wife of one day, Eva Braun, swallowed cyanide and died a painful death. Very soon after the suicides, officials carried the two bodies outside into a nearby garden. They doused the bodies with gasoline and set them on fire. Then they later buried the few remains in that same garden. That is the end of the story in the official chronicles of WWII. Did Adolf Hitler Survive? Perhaps there is a good reason people are asking this question. Is it possible that Hitler escaped?

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Adolf Hitler, 1937. Source: Wiki Commons, public domain

Did Hitler Use a Body Double at His Death?

As with many deaths of notorious criminals, people began to spread gossip and rumors that Hitler used human doubles that had been killed to fake the deaths of Hitler and Eva. The Hitler conspiracy theorists note that after setting the two bodies on fire, all persons present retreated into a bunker and never saw the bodies actually burning.

When Allied forces swarmed into the area on May 2nd, they stumbled across a few assorted bones and two sets of false teeth at the stated burning/burial site. Allegedly, the Russians took the remains to their home country.

And thus, to most people, the story ended.

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Adolf Hitler with Eva Braun and their dogs at Berghof, June 14, 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Inconsistencies About the Deaths of Hitler and Eva Braun

Almost immediately, however, people began to question whether or not Hitler escaped. There were discrepancies of details between those present at the deaths. A piece of a skill found in 1946 had a bullet hole that corresponded with Hitler’s suicide method but was later found to be the skull of a female. This brought forth theories that doubles for Hitler and Braun were murdered and burned and that the diabolical duo fled Germany in disguise. Noted historian and author Gerrard Williams has gone on record stating that Hitler and Braun did, indeed, escape the invading Allied forces.

Conspiracy theorists point out that there were no eyewitnesses to the suicides themselves and that no photographs exist of the bodies before they were burned. The people who claimed to have carried the bodies into the garden and to set them on fire were fervent Nazis, not particularly reliable eyewitnesses under the circumstances. If Hitler had escaped, the Nazis present would never have admitted that fact.

Many people thought that the Russians had Hitler’s skull. DNA evidence proved the skull is from a female.

Different organizations investigated the theory. “Time” magazine questioned Hitler’s officially documented death. Joseph Stalin stated that he believed Hitler had successfully escaped Germany. And Dwight D. Eisenhower made some preliminary investigations.

FBI Investigation of Hitler’s Death

Did the FBI coverup information about the fact that Adolf Hitler survived? Newly declassified documents show that the FBI thoroughly investigated the possibility of Hitler’s survival. They even noted a mysterious submarine off the coast of Argentina soon after Hitler’s alleged demise. Additionally, in late 1945, Argentine officials sent confirmation to Washington DC authorities that Hitler and Braun had probably landed in their country in the recent past.

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Did Adolf Hitler Survive? FBI document of report of Adolf Hitler after WWII. Source: FBI archive, https://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler/adolf-hitler-part-01-of-04/view

DNA Results of Bodies Thought to be Hitler and Braun

Eager conspiracy theorists were excited in 2009 to find that DNA samples taken from those few bones (reportedly all that was left of Hitler and Braun) did not match either person. Whoever was burned and buried in that Berlin garden, it apparently was not Hitler or Braun. It appears that indeed Hitler escaped.

People continue to debate the possibility. More and more “evidence” trickles in to add fuel to the possibility that the most hated man in the world lived peacefully for decades after his reported death. Even to this day we continue to ask “Did Adolf Hitler Survive?”

See also:


Hitler DID escape Germany in 1945: Staggering new claims point to huge Nazi cover-up,” Sunday Express, 6/12/15.
“Adolf Hitler. Last Seen: 1945,” Life Books, 8/7/15.
FBI: Hitler Didn’t Die, Fled To Argentina – Stunning Admission,” YourNewswire.Com website, pulled 8/23/15.

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Doug MacGowan

Doug MacGowan lives on the San Francisco peninsula with his wife, a dog, and far too many cats. He has published five books on the topic of historic true crime. In his free time he enjoys reading.

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