The story of the end of Adolf Hitler’s life has been told countless times: WIth the Russians fast approaching Hitler, 56, took a cyanide pill and shot himself.
Those who doubted that it happened this way had their suspicions put to rest when, in 2000, the Russians put on display a skull with a bullet hole that they said had been taken from Hitler’s bunker, according to the U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
However, the Guardian writes, "American researchers claim to have demonstrated that the skull fragment, secretly preserved for decades by Soviet intelligence, belonged to a woman under 40, whose identity is unknown. DNA analyses performed on the bone, now held by the Russian State Archive in Moscow, have been processed at the genetics lab of the University of Connecticut. The results, broadcast in the US by a History Channel documentary, ‘Hitler’s Escape,’ astonished scientists."
The show first aired on History this past Saturday, Sept. 26th.
There has been some speculation that perhaps the skull belonged to Eva Braun, who was 33 at the time, but other scientists say there has been no evidence that she had been shot.