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1945: Deaths of Joseph and Magda Goebbels, together with their Six Children

1945: Deaths of Joseph and Magda Goebbels, together with their Six Children
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  • Historical event:
  • 1 May 1945
  • The children were sedated with morphine and then Magda, with the help of Hitler's doctor, placed a crushed ampoule of cyanide in their mouths, one by one.

On this day, just one day after Hitler’s death, Hitler’s closest associate, the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, also decided to kill himself, together with his wife Magda. 

Hitler named Goebbels the new Chancellor of the Third Reich in his will, while he honored Magda by giving her his own Golden Party Badge, with the ordinal number one, prior to his death.

In the bunker, together with Goebbels and Magda, were their six children. The children were sedated with morphine and then Magda, with the help of Hitler’s doctor, placed a crushed ampoule of cyanide in their mouths, one by one.

After they killed the children, Goebbels and Magda got out of the Führerbunker to the surface and killed themselves – it is not known exactly whether using cyanide or bullets. The soldiers burned their bodies, but due to the lack of fuel, they could not be burned completely, so they were hidden in a shallow shell crater near the bunker.

The Soviets later exhumed and identified the bodies of Joseph and Magda Goebbels and their six children, and along with the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun, and transported them to Magdeburg. Finally, in 1970, all remains were ordered to be burned again and thrown into a river.

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