These rare photographs of the inside of Hitlers bunker were shot by LIFE photographer William Vandivert and are pretty powerful images. Vandivert was one of the first Western photographers into Berlin shortly after it fell in April 1945 and one of the first inside Adolph Hilter’s Führerbunker.
Vandivert wrote a series of typed notes to his editors in New York describing in detail what he saw. For example;
Pix of [correspondents] looking at sofa where Hitler and Eva shot themselves. Note bloodstains on arm of soaf [sic] where Eva bled. She was seated at far end…Hitler sat in middle and fell forward, did not bleed on sofa. This is in Hitler’s sitting room.
It’s makes for fascinating reading but as it turns out he wasn’t quite right. Today, historians believe Eva Braun committed suicide by biting a cyanide capsule rather than by gunshot. This in turn means that the bloodstains on the couch might well be Hitler’s after all.
Via Boing Boing
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