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Nazi Gestapo head 'died in Berlin'

Published 31/10/2013 | 15:51

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Gestapo head Heinrich Mueller died in Berlin in the final days of the Second World War, a researcher says.

Mystery over the fate of the head of Nazi Germany's Gestapo secret police, Heinrich Mueller, has been solved, a leading researcher says.

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For decades there were alleged sightings of Mueller in Cuba, Argentina and elsewhere. But Johannes Tuchel, director of Berlin's German Resistance Memorial Centre, said he has uncovered evidence Mueller didn't make it out of Berlin.

He says several documents, including a 1945 death certificate and a grave digger's testimony to police in 1963, make it "clear-cut" to him that Mueller died and was buried near the Luftwaffe headquarters in the final days of the Second World War.

He says Mueller was later disinterred and buried with thousands of others in a common grave in a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis.

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