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The body of Heinrich Himmler lying on the floor at British 2nd Army HQ after his suicide on 23 May 1945

Caption   The body of Heinrich Himmler lying on the floor at British 2nd Army HQ after his suicide on 23 May 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseImperial War Museum
Identification Code   4700-30 BU 6738
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 23 May 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 27 Jul 2007

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Licensing  Crown Copyright / Public Domain. According to the Crown Copyright laws of the United Kingdom, copyright protection has expired for photographs created prior to 1 Jun 1957.

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1. Anonymous says:
16 Feb 2009 11:56:27 AM

Ew. This is a very meaningful photo that marks an important date in history, but still. Ew. At least it's not a close up.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 May 2012 10:39:07 PM

This should have been filmed, then again maybe it was and held secret. Many records of the Nazi regime have been classified as secret, reports not to be opened until the year 2045. So what else are Government hiding that are filed away maybe more than we'll ever really know in our lifetime... THESE ARE MY COMMENTS AND NOT THE VIEWS OF THE EDITOR/WW2DB OF ANYWAY...
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Feb 2013 06:00:52 PM

DEATH BY CYANIDE: DIE NOW OR DIE LATER Himmler was arrested by the British in Northern Germany trying to escape to Switzerland. This man who was responsible for the death's of millions was trying to save his own hide, and was nothing but a coward. Questioned by the British this little man was identified as Heinrich Himmler and not as a soldier named Heinrich Hitzinger. As Himmler was being searched, he bit on a cyanide capsule and died at once. DEAD MEN TELL NO TAILS: Speculation, and Conspiracy Theories where does the truth start and end. Towards the end of the war, Himmler made secret overtures to of all people, the British, was his death a coverup if so what was the real reason. Whatever the truth the peole involved will take the truth with them to their graves. CYA: COVER YOUR ASSISTS Was Himmler killed by the British to stop any known inter-peace dealings. The Allies called for German unconditional surrender and it would have been embarrassing for the British arranging peace talks with one of Nazi Germany's most notorious men. German agents traveled to Sweden to work out a deal, if so what became of it and who knew, but somebody knows something. If Himmler lived to stand trial, he could have spilled the beans on many things...so he's better off dead, if so the question still remains, was he killed and did he really kill himself, why was he buried in an unmarked grave and why no autopsy or was the man a double? All documents relating to what really happened remain secret, locked away in Government archives not to be declassified until the year 2045. ODD MAN OUT: Is it possible that Himmler couldn't remain alive we've got him before he could talk to the Americans. Could we take steps to eliminate him, if so it must be expedited without haste... Sounds like a Hollywood movie but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. SUGGESTED READING: Boook of Interest SS 1: The Unlikely Death of Heinrich Himmler By Hugh Thomas Published by Fourth Estate (2001) ISBN-10: 1841153060 OPINIONS AND COMMENTS EXPRESSED ARE MINE ALONE, AND DO NOT REFLECT WW2DB IN ANY WAY...
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2013 01:50:19 PM

KNOCKING AT DEATHS DOOR: 11:14AM, MAY 1945 Himmler died after capture by the British shortly photographs were taken by a member of the British Intelligence team. Guy Adderley kept a few of those photos among his wartime mementoes. HISTORY FOR SALE: Adderley lived to his 80s his photos of Himmler have been auctioned off along with his other wartime mementoes to the highest bidder. HIGHEST BIDDER: Bidding started between 2,000 to 3,000 pounds for the photographs what the final amount was isn't known. SWORN TO SECRECY: Himmler was buried by the British at an unknown location. Those that buried the body (Himmler) and those that had any knowledge of the event, were made to sign the Official Secrets Act, and told never to speak of the matter...All documents that related to this event, are to remain secret until the year 2045. USING A METAPHOR: In comment #3 "Spill the Beans" Meaning: Revealing Secrets, Dealings and Having Personal Knowledge of events, or Persons Involved
5. Anonymous says:
31 Jul 2014 12:57:58 PM

Himmler... *** Ę!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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