According to the history books, Adolf Hitler, then besieged on all sides by Russian forces, committed suicide, along with Eva Braun, on April 30, 1945 in Berlin, in the bunker of the gardens of the Imperial Chancellery. More than seventy-five years later, the death of the Führer still arouses as many fantasies, and the craziest theories continue to circulate around a hypothetical flight of the Nazi dictator in Japan, Spain, South America, even towards a German underground base in Antarctica. One of the explanations for these rants is surely the absence of images of Hitler’s corpse, unlike Goebbels, Himmler or Göring, the other dignitaries of the Nazi regime who were killed or executed. However, there is indeed evidence attesting to his death.
Power games, intrigues, attempts to “smoke out” between the secret services
For years, they have been kept in the greatest secrecy in the archives of the former KGB and the Russian state: interrogations of relatives of the Führer, autopsy reports, secret maps of the burial places of the body. … And even fragments of jaw and skull attributed to Hitler. In 2000, the Russians presented this piece of skull for the first time at a major exhibition in Moscow. Immediately, its authenticity was questioned and, in 2009, a team from the American channel History claimed that this bone fragment was that of a woman under 40, angering the Russians.
After two years of long negotiations, Jean Christophe Brisard, documentary maker and author of several books, was able to access these secret files and these bones. In the company of the famous forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier, they were able to carry out the first serious scientific analyzes on the presumed remains of the Führer. Told like a thriller and stuffed with confidential documents, this film traces the power games, intrigues, attempts to “smoke out” between the secret services which surrounded the remains of the Nazi dictator … It also delivers scientific conclusions which could put an end to seventy-five years of speculation.
Monday August 2 at 8:30 p.m. on LCP. Documentary by Jean-Christophe Brisard and Lana Parshina (2017). 52 min.