Court papers shed light on killing of Goebbels children

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Hitler and his new bride Eva Braun were already dead and the couple knew they were in the final moments of the Third Reich.

They had already taken the decision to murder their five daughters and one son to save them from a world "without their Fuehrer to lead and guide them".

The children were knocked out with morphine by an SS doctor and then had cyanide capsules crushed between their teeth. Afterwards Goebbels shot his wife and then himself.

The episode has long been seen as an example of the fanaticism of senior figures in the Nazi regime – but only limited amounts were known about the events leading up to the killings.

Now German researchers have shed new light on the murders by uncovering previously unseen accounts of the post-war trial of the doctor.

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