December 8, 2009
Hitler Skull Fragment Deemed Authentic
A US report suggesting a fragment of Hitler's skull is actually from a woman has been dismissed, saying the relic is genuine.
Vassili Khristoforov, head of the Russian FSB, told AFP, "The FSB archives hold the jaw of Hitler and the state archives a fragment of Hitler's skull."
"With the exception of these remains, seized on May 5, 1945, there exist no other bits from the body of Hitler," he added.
The University of Connecticut said in September their DNA analysis of the skull fragment showed that to be of a woman between 20 and 40.
But they failed to test the jawbone.
Khristoforov said the researchers had not approached the FSB archives about testing the jawbone.
He asked, "And even if they had the DNA of our fragments, with what could they then have compared it?"
"These remains are unique, there is nothing comparable," he says. "We are talking about the only evidence of this kind of the death of Hitler, and that is why the FSB had kept it in its archives."
Doubts about the skull fragment had already been expressed.
But the latest comments came against a background of doubts over what really happened in Berlin during the last days of the Nazi regime.
For decades, there has been speculation that Hitler might have escaped -- despite reports from both Soviet troops and British intelligence agents at the time that concluded that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun died in the bunker.