Braun, the young woman who had spent most of her life waiting for Hitler,
would now be with him forever - she had agreed to share Adolf
Shortly before his suicide, Hitler said of Eva: "Miss Braun is,
besides my dog Blondi, the only one I can absolutely count on ..."
A local magistrate married them early on the morning of
April 29, 1945, as a crowning award for her loyalty to the end.
The marriage document survived. Eva started to sign her name "Eva
Braun" but stopped, crossed out the "B" and wrote "Eva
Hitler, born Braun." Goebbels and Bormann signed as witnesses.
next day shortly after 3 p.m. Hitler retired with Eva Braun to his private
rooms. They bit into
thin glass vials of cyanide. As he did so, Hitler also shot himself in the
head with a 7.65 mm Walther pistol.
Those who entered Hitler's suite saw him lying on a blood-soaked sofa. Eva
Braun lay on the sofa beside him, but she had made no use of the revolver
at her side, preferring to take the poison instead. Hitler's body was
wrapped in a blanket and carried, along with Eva Braun's, up four flights
of steps and into the garden of the chancellery. Both bodies were doused
with gasoline and burned.
On the evening of the following day Radio Hamburg announced that "our
Fuhrer Adolf Hitler died for Germany in his command post in the Reich
Chancellery this afternoon, fighting to his last breath against Bolshevism".
He had founded the Third Reich 12 years
and three months before. It would survive him for one week.