Book review: Hitler’s Death

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08 August 2019
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If there’s one thing that sells junk TV programmes, sensationalist magazines and pulp fiction books, it’s the premise that Hitler escaped the bunker and fled to Argentina.

Author: Luke Daly-Groves

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

Buy your copy here.

 

If there’s one thing that sells junk TV programmes, sensationalist magazines and pulp fiction books, it’s the premise that Hitler escaped the bunker and fled to Argentina. The conspiracy theorists put this down to two facts – firstly, other high-ranking Nazis fled to Argentina, and secondly, DNS tests on the skull that the Soviets said was Hitler’s was proved, in 2009, not to be. That’s all the crackpots need to peddle rumour and speculation, basically in order to sell shoddy journalism. Luke Daly-Groves’ book, though at times pompous, sets out to destroy the myths, investigate the investigations and explain how and why the evidence was messed up.

 

The Soviets made a complete shambles of the initial investigation, which lead to stuffing a skull in a box in the hope this would keep Stalin happy. For the record, after the fierce blaze all that was left were Hitler’s teeth, which were recovered and have been confirmed as his. The rest of the speculation, as our cover feature and this book makes clear, is just fantasy to sell TV and magazines.

 

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• Osprey Publishing

 

• ISBN 978-1-4728-3454-6

 

• 226 pages • Hardback • £14.99

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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