Archive/File: people/h/hitler.adolf/press remains.destroyed Soviet agents burned Hitler's remains - report BONN, April 8 (Reuter) - Soviet KGB agents dug up Adolf Hitler's remains from a secret grave in eastern Germany in 1970, burned and pulverised them and then dumped them into a river, a German magazine reported on Saturday. Spiegel, quoting a KGB report titled ``file on opening the grave of the war criminal, top secret,'' said the then KGB chief Yuri Andropov ordered the charred remains of Hitler to be disinterred from their burial site in Magdeburg where Soviet military intelligence hid them in 1946. ``Skulls, bones, ribs, vertebrae etc'' were dug up on the night of April 4, 1970, the magazine said. The operation, code named Archive, aimed to eliminate once and for all the remains of Hitler, his wife Eva Braun, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his family. All of them had committed suicide in Hitler's Berlin bunker as Soviet troops closed in on the Nazi leaders in April 1945. Witnesses said Hitler's body was doused with petrol near the bunker and set alight. Carefully watching neighbouring houses to ensure no Germans were watching, the KGB agents counted the leg bones to make sure they had all the bodies, then closed up the grave and returned it to its previous condition. ``Destruction of the remains was accomplished by burning them on a pyre. The remains were completely burned, then stamped...into powdered ashes and thrown in the river,'' the KGB report said. Spiegel said a special Soviet military intelligence unit had crammed the bodies from the Berlin bunker into ammunition boxes and taken them with it as it moved to Rathenow, Stendal and then Magdeburg. The unit buried the bodies at Magdeburg on February 21, 1946.
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