Dead Hitler, Eva Slumped on Sofa: Recording

SS officer, valet describe finding Nazi leader's corpse
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 3:50 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2010 7:13 AM CST
Private First Class Richard Blust of Michigan surveys the bunker in Berlin where Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun are thought to have committed suicide.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – German researchers have unearthed recorded testimony from the first people to find Adolf Hitler's body after he committed suicide. "When I entered to my left I saw Hitler on the sofa," said valet Heinz Linge. "Hitler had his head bent forward somewhat and I could see a bullet hole approximately the size of a penny on the right side of the temple." The 1956 recording was made from testimony presented by Linge and SS officer Otto Guensche to a Bavarian court seeking to declare the Nazi leader officially dead.

The men said they rushed into Hitler's bunker quarters after hearing gunshots to find the corpses of Hitler and his new bride Eva Braun. Both men were captured by the Soviets soon afterward, the Telegraph notes. They spent over a decade as prisoners in the Soviet Union, sparking rumors that Hitler had escaped and the Soviets were covering it up.

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