Nazi leader reportedly buried in Jewish cemetery
Widely questioned fate of Heinrich Muller is resolved, according to German daily.
Senior Nazi official Heinrich Muller is reportedly buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin.
According to a report in Der Spiegel that cited a report in Bild, there has been much speculation over the fate of the Gestapo chief, who was involved in the Holocaust and extermination of Jews.
When one of Muller's subordinates, the infamous Adolf Eichmann, was captured in Argentina in 1960 and taken to Israel to stand trial, he told his interrogators that he believed Muller was still alive. Moreover, Der Spiegel reported in the 1960s that it was thought Muller was hiding in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary in the summer of 1949.
According to Bild, Muller has been buried in a cemetery in the Mitte district of Berlin since the end of World War Two. Evidence in support of this claim comes from Johannes Tuchel, the head of the Memorial to the German Resistance, who said that Muller died during the war: "His body was interred in a mass grave in 1945 at the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Mitte," Tuchel told the German mass circulation daily.
"The intelligence agencies were completely wrong," Tuchel told Bild and added that Muller's body was actually found in August 1945 by Allied forces in a makeshift grave near the Third Reich's Ministry of Aviation.
Der Spiegel reported that historical documents positively identified the Nazi official in 1945. Muller "was wearing a general's uniform. On the inside, his service ID with a photo was in the left breast pocket, among other things," Tuchel emphasized to Bild.
Dieter Grauman, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was quoted as being outraged by the possibility of a Nazi war criminal being buried in a Jewish Cemetery. "The fact that one of the most brutal Nazi sadists is buried in a Jewish cemetery of all places is a distasteful monstrosity," he told Bild. "The memories of the victims are being grossly violated here."