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It became clear to Hitler that Wenck’s 12th Army had failed. Although they managed to reach Potsdam in an attempt to break through to the Reich chancellery and rescue the dictator, they were beaten back by superior Soviet forces. Germany was defeated. Hitler stared quietly at the map of his ruined country, “We can go down, but we’ll take a world with us.”
April 30th 1945
The end had come for Hitler. Himmler and Goering had betrayed him, his Empire lay in ashes, and Russian tanks were approaching his stronghold, which was to become his tomb. He lined up his household staff and thanked them for their service. Blondi, his Alsatian dog, was killed with poison in an apparent test of the drug’s effectiveness. And at 15.45 Hrs, Hitler shot himself in the head with his Walther PPK pistol. His bride, Eva Braun, took cyanide.
May 1st 1945
Josef Goebbles knew what was coming, as did his wife, the rabid Nazi, Magda. According to her, the death of the Nazi Party, “Our Wonderful Idea” was the end of life itself – and it meant the death of herself and her family.
“The world that comes after the Führer and national socialism is not any longer worth living in and therefore I took the children with me, for they are too good for the life that would follow, and a merciful God will understand me when I will give them the salvation ... The children are wonderful ... there never is a word of complaint nor crying.”
After giving her six children medication to make them sleep, Magda ordered the SS doctor present to administer prussic acid to them all. They died in seconds. Shortly after, Josef and Magda Goebbles committed suicide in the Chancellery garden.
The Soviets overran the bunker within a day of the suicide. It was deserted. The few remaining officers had made their escape, most to die in firefights across Berlin, some to escape to freedom. The Soviets ransacked the remains of Berlin. Germany’s Gotterdammerung had come at the cost of over 55 million dead. The “Thousand Year Reich” had lasted 12 years.
S E R I A L: E-CON 008
released July 8, 2016
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“Death Inside Hitler’s Bunker”
– Written and directed by Michael Kloft – 2004
Julia Lezhneva - Philippe Jaroussky: Pergolèse,
Excerpts from “Gotterdammerung” – R. Wagner
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