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 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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