Heinrich Himmler's body at 2nd Army Headquarters at Lüneberg, after he had poisoned himself, May 1945
Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945), 1945.
On 23 May 1945, Himmler, chief of the SS and one of the main architects of the Holocaust, was arrested, while in disguise, at a checkpoint and taken to an interrogation camp near Lüneburg. Under interrogation, Himmler admitted who he was, but he avoided trial by committing suicide by biting down on a hidden cyanide pill.
One of 49 official photographs from World War Two, taken in 1944 and 1945.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection