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December 21, 1971
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A Frankfurt magistrate conducting an official investigation into the whereabouts of Hitler’s former deputy, Martin Bormann, has concluded that he was “most probably” dead. Judge Horst Von Glasenrapp said that the only eyewitness testimony, as opposed to theories, indicated that Bormann died on May 2. 1945 in the Invalidenstrasse in Berlin as the Soviet army fought its way into the German capital. Von Glasentrapp’s probe lasted a year. He based his findings on testimony of Arthur Axman, a former Nazi youth leader, who told the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal in 1946 that he had personally seen Bormann’s dead body. Legal circles here said that in view of the magistrate’s findings the Bormann case would probably be officially closed.

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