Mystery of Gestapo chief’s fate is solved … and it shocks German Jews
Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller, the most senior Nazi whose fate has until now remained unknown, died in Berlin in 1945 and, in a chilling twist for an organiser of the Holocaust, lies in a Jewish cemetery, a German historian says.
Müller, who ran the Gestapo secret police before and during World War Two, was last spotted in Adolf Hitler’s bunker in Berlin the day after the Nazi leader committed suicide in 1945.
He was heard to say he would never let himself be captured by the Russians. But U.S. and British investigators hunting fugitive Nazis after the war found no conclusive evidence that Müller had died in the fall of Berlin or had escaped to South America – as several other top Nazis did.
Now Professor Johannes Tuchel says he has found proof that Müller did indeed die in Berlin in 1945, was first buried in a provisional grave in a garden in Luftwaffe headquarters and then consigned to a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in the city.
“From my point of view, all the mysteries around Heinrich Müller are solved,” he told Reuters at the German Resistance Memorial Centre in the defence ministry in Berlin, where German officers who tried to overthrow Hitler in 1944 were executed.
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