For ~12 years, Adolf Hitler tried to keep his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun a secret. His personal valet Heinz Linge reported that Hitler once said: “Fräulein Braun is … too young to be the wife of one in my position. But she is the only girl for me. So we live as we do. But one day…” On April 29, the day before their double suicide, Hitler married Eva Braun.

On April 30, 1945, both Hitler and his new wife Eva swallowed cyanide capsules after testing their efficacy on his beloved dog Blondi. Hitler then shot himself with his 7.65 mm Walther pistol.

Their bodies were cremated in the chancellery garden and reportedly later recovered in part by Russian troops. Despite many conspiracy theories (perhaps some promoted by Stalin) and claims that Hitler had actually survived somehow, in 1956 a German court finally officially declared Hitler dead.