History Tip of the Day – January 21st

Adolf Hitler dies, April 30th, 1945

With the Russian army methodically advancing through Berlin, Hitler is ensconced in his Führerbunker in central Berlin and decides to avoid capture.

His staff lines up in the corridor outside his bedroom. Hitler shakes each hand and whispers a personal message to the two dozen secretaries, soldiers, and doctors who have tended to him during his three months in the bunker. He and Eva Braun, whom he had married the day before, have known each other for sixteen years. She goes first, placing the cyanide pill between her teeth. Seconds later, Eva Braun is dead. The Führer then places his capsule between his teeth. At the same time, he places the business end of his Walther 7.53 pistol at his right temple. He bites down on the capsule and pulls the Walther’s trigger a split second later.