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Borneman - Chapter 02

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Buy and Download Description Hitler's Death and the Afterlife of His Image After months of heavy fighting outside the city, the Russian army finally surrounded Berlin, where Adolf Hitler was sheltered in the bunker of the Reichskanzlei. Sometime during the day of 29 April 1945, Hitler had been informed about Mussolini's fate: shot along with his mistress and hung by their feet in a gas station in central Milan where crowds kicked and spit at the bodies. Rather than face such humiliation, he ordered two hundred liters of gasoline to be brought to the bunker and to be used, following his suicide, to burn his body and make it unrecognizable. In preparation, Hitler summoned a civil servant to wed him to Eva Braun, his longtime companion, in order to take her, as he explained in his personal testament, "as my spouse with me into death" (cited in Fest 1973: 1015). During his twelve-year rule, he had refused to marry, claiming that his dedication to the life of the Volk precluded such a personal bond. With his death impending, marriage appeared in a new light, as a personal completion, a final closure and legitimation of life. Hitler's doctor had provided him with cyanide tablets, but fearing they might not work, he first tried them on Blondi, his beloved German shepherd, who died within an hour. Shortly before 3:30 A.M. on 30 April, Hitler followed his bride and swallowed cyanide tablets, after which the two bodies were burned and buried in a granite grave. Hitler's Death and the Afterlife of His Image After months of heavy fighting outside the city, the Russian army finally surrounded Berlin, where Adolf Hitler was sheltered in the bunker of the Reichskanzlei. Sometime during the day of 29 April 194
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