Adolf Hitler was one of the most evil men to ever the live – being responsible for the death of millions – and one of the only things to have his affections was a dog named Blondi.
Blondi was given to Hitler as a gift from Nazi chief Martin Bormann, and the monstrous leader immediately took a shine to the puppy.
The Fuhrer would allow Blondi to sleep in his bed, and kept her with him almost all the time from 1941 to 1945.
She seemed to be at the core of Hitler’s affections, with some even claiming Hitler loved her more than his mistress Eva Braun.
Hitler’s nurse Erna Flegel claimed that the Nazi leader had more affections for the dog than for Eva, who she dismissed as having “no meaning”.
Eva is reported to have taken to kicking Blondi, who has been described as "almost human" – perhaps seeing her lover’s passion for his pooch.
And when Hitler decided it was time end it all, it was Blondi who was the first to die.
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Hitler had intended to have Blondi killed as the Soviet Union’s mighty Red Army rolled towards Berlin.
He feared what would happen to his beloved dog should she be captured by the Russians.
So Blondi was fed cyanide capsules which Hitler had amassed in case he needed to commit suicide.
She died – also being used as a test subject to make sure the capsule was genuine – and Hitler was said to be utterly heartbroken.
Little over 24 hours later, Hitler would also take his own life to escape the Russians.
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Flegel, one of only two survivors from Hitler’s fuhrerbunker at the end of World War 2, claimed in 2005 the death of Blondi had a bigger impact than the death of Eva.
Hitler’s lover took one of the same cyanide capsules that had killed Blondi on April 30, 1945.
The genocidal leader meanwhile decided to shoot himself with a pistol, his body later being burned outside the Reich Chancellory.
His charred remains were discovered by the Soviets as they rolled through the now-desolate Berlin.
And so too, were Blondi’s.
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Soviet Army documents claim that Blondi’s remains were discovered by the soldiers – alongside Hitler’s and Eva’s.
Blondi’s body was photographed by the troops.
It is unknown what happened with the dog’s remains, but presumably, it was left to rot in the rubble of Berlin.
And it was not just Blondi who died however, it was also her littler of five puppies.
Four of their names are unknown, but Hitler named his favourite one Wulf.
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Hitler named the pup after his own nickname, and poured some of his love Blondi into her offspring – but the Alsatian was still his favourite.
The dad of the litter was German architect Gerdy Troost’s own German Shepherd.
All of these puppies were also killed, being shot dead a day after their mum was poisoned.
Hitler’s dog trainer Fritz Tornow took them and killed them after Hitler and Eva had died.
Wulf’s remains are believed to have been found alongside Blondi, Hitler, and Eva.
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British author Angela Lambert describes Blondi’s behaviour as “almost human” in her book The Lost Life of Eva Braun.
She writes: “Hitler was frantically devoted to his German shepherds.
“Blondi, the favourite, was a beautiful and intelligent pedigrees bitch.
“People at [Hitler’s residence] were fond of saying he loved her better than Eva and he was more publicly demonstrative to his dog, finding and kissing her.”
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Lambert added: “He had taught Blondi a number of tricks and delighted in showing off her prowess.
“At times, the dog’s behaviour seemed almost human.”
Despite his love for her however, Hitler would also whip the animal brutally to punish her for disobedience.
And immediately after leaving her whimpering, the Nazi would go back to fawning over her as if nothing happened.
Eva really did not like Blondi – especially as she would with her Highland terriers Negus and Stasi.
Blondi would fight with them, and occasionally Eva would ban the dog from the room.
Sometimes the pooch had to be left outside, while the two little black dogs would be allowed to sit with Eva and Hitler.
Blondi, however, was a "one-man dog" – who "never let Hitler down".
And for that, she died for one of the history's most vile figures.
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