Thanks to English military historian, Anthony Beevor, more is now known about the circumstances surrounding Adolf Hitler’s death, which remained a mystery for so long.
It is believed that upon receiving news on the evening of April 29, 1945 that Berlin would receive no more troops to aide them in the war, and that the city would be lost to the Russians, Hitler decided that suicide would be his only way out of dire circumstances – refusing to suffer a humiliating death by being hung upside down. Prior to receiving the news of Berlin’s defeat, Hitler had cyanide tablets tested on his dog Blondi and her puppies – they died as a result of the poisoning.
On April 30, 1945 Adolf Hitler took a cyanide tablet and then shot himself with a pistol in his bunker. At his side was his wife, Eva Braun, whom he married just two days before their double suicide. Both their bodies were set alight in the chancellery garden.
This story won’t be on display at the expo, but it emphasizes poison’s fascinating place in history.
Source: The history learning site: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/world-war-two-and-eastern-europe/the-death-of-adolf-hitler/