What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler by Robert Hutchinson is available August 4, 2020, in hardcover (256 pp, $27.99, 978-1621578888) from Regnery History, www.regneryhistory.com.
So, what really happened?
Popular history writer Robert J. Hutchinson, author of What Really Happened: The Lincoln Assassination, takes a fresh look at the evidence and discovers, once and for all, the truth about Hitler’s last week in Berlin. Among the questions the book explores are…
Washington, D.C.—Did Hitler die in his bunker…or not?
After World War II, 50 percent of Americans polled said they didn’t believe Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun had committed suicide in their bunker in 1945, as captured Nazi officials claimed. Instead, they believed the dictator faked his death and escaped, perhaps to Argentina.
This was not a wild opinion: For instance, Stalin told Allied leaders that Soviet forces had never discovered Hitler’s body and that he believed Hitler had escaped. At least two German submarines crossed the Atlantic and landed on the coast of Argentina in July,1945. It was reported that Nazi officials had formed a large German colony.
According to official accounts and numerous eyewitnesses, the dictator of the Third Reich shot himself, loyal Nazis burned his body, and the bones were removed by the Russians.
The mystery surrounding Hitler’s final days only deepened in 2009 when a U.S. forensic team announced that a piece of his skull held in Soviet archives was not actually Hitler’s.
So, what really happened? Hutchinson sifts through the mountains of primary resources and debunks urban legends to uncover the truth about Hitler’s last week in Berlin. What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler answers these questions:
- Why did the Western Allies never find Hitler’s body?
- What about Hitler’s proven use of body doubles? Could Hitler have used one in the bunker while he and Eva Braun escaped?
- What happened to last minute plans to fly Hitler and Eva Braun out of Berlin?
- Why did the FBI continue to investigate reports of Hitler’s survival for more than a decade after WWII — reports that were only declassified in 2014?
- Why were forensic tests on crucial physical evidence only conducted in 2008 and 2017?
Hitler myths are complicated by long scholarly disputes, burdensome details, and worst of all, unproven conjectures presented as facts. What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler takes all of these and clearly separates truth from fiction. It is an important book to read if you want to know “what really happened.”
About the author: Robert Hutchinson is an award-winning writer, speaker, and author of numerous books of popular history, including What Happened: The Lincoln Assassination, when in Rome, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible. The general author of the What Really Happened Series, he gives talks on historical topics to groups throughout the U.S, and Europe. He blogs at www.RobertHutchinson.com.