London, Sep. 30 (ANI): A former Schutzstaffel (SS) man has rejected conspiracy theories surrounding Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's escape from a reported suicide attempt in 1945, saying that he saw Hitler's dead body on April 30 of that year has never forgotten the sight.
Rochus Misch statement follows a claim made by an American expert that Hitler's supposed skull, which Russia has claimed since 1946, actually belonged to a woman.
According to many speculations, the architect of the Second World War and the Holocaust made it to Brazil and fled to Greenland. There he disguised himself in a refugee camp and slipped away to the Bavarian mountains. He was smuggled aboard a U-boat and spent the rest of his days shielded by Argentina's right-wing strongmen.
However, Misch, 27 at that time, laughs at the notion Hitler could have made it out alive.
"It's ridiculous to say he got out. I know, I was there - and he didn't."
"On that last day, 30 April, there was much speculation that they e and Eva Braun - were going to end their lives together. I was prepared for it and was just waiting for the moment.
Suddenly, I heard somebody shouting to Hitler's attendant: 'Linge, Linge, I think it's happened'. They'd heard a gunshot, but I hadn't. At that moment, Martin Bormann, Hitler's private secretary, ordered everyone to be silent. Everyone began whispering.
"When the door opened, I saw Eva lying with her legs bent so that her knees almost reached her chin. I will never forget that. I saw Hitler slumped by the table. I did not see any blood on his head.
"I was just a young man then. That is why it stays with me so strongly. There was a complete silence. I went to the commander and said, 'The F|hrer is dead'. My colleague then said, 'Now the boss is to be burnt'," The Scotsman quoted him, as saying.
Historical records suggest that Hitler and Eva were doused in petrol and burned in a shellhole in the garden of the Reichchancellery.
But Colonel WJ Heimlich, former head of United States lntelligence in Berlin, stated: "There was no evidence beyond that of hearsay to support the theory of Hitler's suicide." (ANI)