Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide in a Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945, which was bothered by Soviet forces amidst the ashes of the Reich, which “was supposed to take 1,000 years”. They were married for less than 40 hours. Hitler had turned 56 ten days earlier.
After Hitler had organized a kind of provisional wedding breakfast in the middle of the night from 29:30 to 30:00, he shot himself the following afternoon. Braun opted for cyanide poisoning to kill himself after the final conclusions of historian Hugh Trevor-Roper, who was responsible for the reconstruction of the dictator’s final hours, the subject of rumors, exaggerations, and contradicting conclusions. The discovery of an appendix to Hitler’s will months later helped clarify the picture.
In the hours before, the dictator said goodbye to one of the last remaining allies in his circle of friends and subordinates, who had withdrawn with him in the Berlin bunker. The Soviet armed forces were less than 500 meters away. Around 3:30 p.m. Hitler and his wife killed themselves.
At no time on this day did Hitler choose his successor. According to his last wishes, he initially intended to appoint his Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, but there was never a formal transfer of powers.