Back on April 30, 1945, the news that Adolph Hitler died was even better received by Americans than the recent one year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s murder. In turn, the leading German newspapers of the time made it seem like Hitler died in a sort of glory when Der Spiegel and other post-Nazi papers were first published some two years later in 1947. And, ever since, there’s been some special anniversary commemorating the Fuhrer (leader in German) even while Hitler died at the age of 56 in more disgust and anger than any other human being in history. According to the British government’s MI5 report “Hitler’s Last Days” written by famed World War II MI5 agent and historian Trevor Roper: “It was on April 30, 1945 that Hitler, wife Eva Braun and their dogs, committed suicide; with Braun biting into a cyanide capsule and Hitler shooting both himself and his dogs.” In turn, Roper’s report – that was read to then Prime Minister Winston Churchill – explained how the lifeless bodies of Hitler, Braun and their beloved dogs were carried up the stairs and through the emergency exit at Hitler’s Berlin bunker that opened to a garden behind the “Reich Chancellery.” Today, Hitler is commonly associated with World War II and the Holocaust.
Hitler’s last day: April 30, 1945
According to British government reports, Hitler and Braun’s bodies were placed in a bomb crater and doused with petrol and set on fire.
Also, records in the Soviet Union’s archives – obtained by the British government after the fall of the Soviets – featured photographs showing the remains of Hitler, Braun, Joseph and Magda Goebbels, the six Goebbels children and Hitler’s prized German Shepard dogs.”
In turn, the remains and ashes “were thrown into the Biederitz River, a tributary of the nearby Elbe River in Berlin.”
Hitler prepared for his death with a party
The British government’s MI5 “Hitler’s Last Days” report also explains how on the day before his death, on April 29, 1945, Hitler married his sweetheart Eva Braun in a small civil ceremony in a map room with the famed “Fuhrerbunker” along with his dogs in attendance.
After a “modest wedding breakfast with his new wife,” Hitler then took his secretary Taaudl Junge to a private room and dictated his last will and testament that was witnessed by Hans Krebs, Wilhelm Burgdorf, Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann.
At the same time, the British report on Hitler’s last days makes not that also on April 29; Hitler was told about the assassination of his partner in crime, the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Thus, with fierce Soviet troops just within a few blocks of Hitler’s Reich Chancellery on April, this sly fox decided to take his own life over having the Soviet’s take him out.
Hitler loved his “talking” dogs
Prior to Hitler’s death on April 30, there were tens of thousands of photographs featured in the Nazi files showing Hitler waiting at a train station with his prized German Shepard dogs, or Hitler walking his dogs, or even feeding his dogs.
The message is clear: Hitler loved his dogs.
In fact, new and somewhat strange revelations after Hitler’s death pointed to documents stating that Hitler believed dogs could talk.
Dogs, it seems, can do amazing things that most people do not know about; for instance, Hitler wanted to create an army of dogs that could fill in for soldiers during World War II, stated a recent report in London’s “The Sun” newspaper.
Hitler thought dogs could talk
Hitler believed dogs could talk, based on the Fuhrer’s own experiences with “Blondi,” a German shepherd dog that stayed with Hitler until the end when the Fuhrer killed himself in an underground bunker in January 1945.
Also, report in the London newspaper, The Sun, reports that “the barking-mad pet-lover believed the animals were almost as intelligent as humans and hoped they'd learn to communicate with their SS masters. Hitler even set up a school to train them to talk, read and spell in the belief they could act as concentration camp guards - freeing up more soldiers to fight.”
Hitler’s fascination with dogs is revealed in the first Hitler exhibit that opened last year in Berlin, after the German government decided to share its treasure trove of Hitler and Nazi files and artifacts with the public.
In turn, the German Historical Museum’s current show, “Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime,” focuses on the complicity of the German people in the rise of Nazism.
While the Hitler exhibit consists largely of military objects, there’s also “a lot of German Sheppard dog photos, and documents about the use of these dogs in World War II,” states an overview of the Hitler exhibit that’s available at the University of Oregon library in Eugene, and other libraries nationwide.
Hitler exhibit features his prized dogs
For instance, London’s The Sun newspaper revealed in its investigation of the Hitler exhibit documents that an Aire-dale terrier named “Rolf” “tapped out letters of the alphabet with his paws, and was said to have speculated about religion and learned poetry.”
“Rolf reportedly asked a visiting noblewoman: ‘Could you wag your tail? Another mutt was said to have uttered the words ‘Mein Fuhrer’ when asked who Hitler was - while another imitated a human voice to bark: ‘Hungry! Give me cakes’ in German,” The Sun reported.
The bizarre tale of Germany's educated dogs has now been detailed by Dr. Jan Bondeson, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University School of Medicine, in his book “Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities.”
Bondeson told The Sun: "It is absolutely extraordinary stuff. There were some very strange experiments going on in wartime Germany regarding dog-human communication. It's a fascinating insight into a hitherto unknown facet of Nazi Germany, but there is no evidence it ever came to fruition."
Image source of the front page for the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper in Europe, “Stars and Stripes,” featuring the headline: Hitler is Dead. It was 67 years ago today, on April 30, 1945, that Hitler died. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki