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"Hitler came in at 8.30 a completely broken man; only a few army officers were with him. Himmler urged Hitler to leave Berlin," the report said.
According to the intelligence brief, Hitler then went on to say: "Everyone has lied to me, everyone has deceived me… the SS has left me in the lurch. The German people have not fought heroically. It deserves to perish… it is not I who have lost the war, but the German people."
The report said that "Hitler's face then turned purple" and he "could not put his left foot on the ground properly."
Reportedly, throughout that night he suffered from a nervous breakdown and kept on raving that he would "meet his end in Berlin."
In spite of his breakdown, on the night he killed himself Hitler was said to be "calm."
He told Albert Speer, then minister of armaments, that he "awaited his death as a release from a hard life of difficulties."
"Hitler had at last realized that his star had set and the war was lost" British newspaper quotes Speer's words on the report.
"He said that he could not go out and die fighting on the barricades as he was afraid of merely being wounded and captured by the Russians. He would therefore shoot himself."
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