April 30, 1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide.

As the Soviet Red Army descended upon Berlin, mowing down what meager dregs  of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS Germany had left to offer, Hitler received the news that his fellow despot Benito Mussolini had been executed - not to mention beaten, stoned, spat on, hung up, and put on display - by his own countrymen. The already-unstable Führer, having already declared his intention to remain in Berlin and commit suicide, was now even more determined not to be made “a spectacle of" once the end came.

The day before his suicide, he married Eva Braun, his longtime mistress, and dictated his last will and testament, which named Joseph Goebbels the Reich’s new Chancellor (this position Goebbels held for one day, before he and his family also committed suicide). To the end, Hitler was adamant about the “threat” he believed Jews posed to humanity, and he ended his final political testament with this statement:

Above all I charge the leaders of the nation and those under them to scrupulous observance of the laws of race and to merciless opposition to the universal poisoner of all peoples, international Jewry.

Less than 24 hours later, Hitler shot himself, and his wife poisoned herself. As requested by his personal will and testament, both of their bodies were burned and buried in the garden of the Reich Chancellery - the building where, in Hitler’s own words, he had “carried out the greatest part of [his] daily work in the course of twelve years’ service to [his] people.” 


30 April 1945: The next day Adolf Hitler held his final staff conference being told that the Russians now were only a few blocks away. He had lunch as usual at 2 o’clock in the afternoon with his two secretaries and his cook. He now began making systematic preparations to commit suicide. He supervised the poisoning of his beloved dog Blondi and her pups and shortly after 3 p.m. he and Eva Braun bade farewell to the staff, assembled in the bunker, and retired to their private room to carry out their decision.

They bit into thin glass vials of cyanide - as he did so, Hitler also shot himself in the head with a 7.65 mm Walther pistol.

Heinz Linge, Hitler’s personal valet, later recalled how he entered Hitler’s suite and saw him almost upright in a sitting position on a blood-soaked sofa. Eva Braun lay on the sofa beside him, but she had made no use of the revolver at her side, preferring to take the poison instead. A small hole showed on his right temple and a trickle of blood ran slowly down over his check. The pistol lay on the floor where it had dropped from his right hand.

No mark showed on Eva Braun’s face: “It was as though she had fallen asleep…” Linge remarked.


The First Lady (of Germany) we never got to know.

When Eva Braun died on April 30th, 1945, she did not die as the ‘evil dictator’s mistress’, as she is commonly referred to now as before. When she left our world, she did so as Mrs. Eva Hitler - the First Lady of the German Reich.
Of all the people who were at the side of Adolf Hitler when he rose to power, conquered Europe and set out to stem the tide of a Dark Age which eventually defeated him in the fateful last days of April 1945, it was Eva who remained most loyal to him for no reason other but her unconditional love for the Man Against The Time. Eva did not hold any position in the NSDAP or the German government, nor were the German, as well as international public, aware of her relationship with the late Chancellor of the German Reich. There was nothing for her to gain from holding on to Adolf Hitler, and yet, when he asked her to leave the embattled Berlin, in April 1945, Eva refused to leave his side. Instead, she offered him company, comfort and confidence when others betrayed him, abandoned him, and wanted him dead. While the Reich became engulfed in a hailstorm of fire and steel that was meant to obliterate the Grand vision of Adolf Hitler, and his mind was increasingly clouded in darkness and despair, Eva fulfilled her duty - and thus her destiny - by honoring their Oath of Love in good as well as in bad times.
Adolf Hitler has ultimately married her on April 29th, 1945, but for all we know, they have been husband and wife in all, but formal ceremony, ever since they fell in love with eachother.
With utmost respect and awe, we remember Eva Hitler, who followed her husband to the peak of worldly power just to be cast down, along with him, into abysmal tragedy shared by those of European descent, ever since. She departed from this world as the First Lady we never knew; a wonderful woman with a lot of love, compassion, joy and dedication who would have inspired millions of Germans and others if only they could have seen her in her lifetime as we do today.
Happy Birthday, Eva Hitler, the First Lady of the eternal Reich!