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[[Himmler]] gave Hitler a moderate supply of cyanide pills. [[Eva Braun]] decided that she would commit suicide with a pill rather than blow her brains out with a gun. [[Traudl]] and [[Gerda Christian|Gerda]] also asked a pill for themselves.
 
[[Himmler]] gave Hitler a moderate supply of cyanide pills. [[Eva Braun]] decided that she would commit suicide with a pill rather than blow her brains out with a gun. [[Traudl]] and [[Gerda Christian|Gerda]] also asked a pill for themselves.
   
In order to test the effectiveness of the pills, Hitler decided to test one of them on his dog, [[Blondi]], with the help of his dog handler [[Fritz Tornow]] and Dr. [[Werner Haase]]. The dog died nearly instantly.
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In order to test the effectiveness of the pills, Hitler decided to test one of them on his dog, [[Blondi]], with the help of his dog handler [[Fritz Tornow]] and Dr. [[Werner Haase]]. The dog died nearly instantly. He became completely inconsolable afterwards.
   
According to Hitler, the cyanide was so deadly it would kill faster than a gun to the head and kill you before you fell to the floor.
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Some time after Hitler's death, [[Magda Goebbels]] with [[Ludwig Stumpfegger]]'s help feed her children a sedative in the guise of a drink to put them unconscious, but not without Helga struggling. After the children went under the influence she proceed to [[Goebbels Children Murder Scene|administer the pill]] one by one, and they gasped as the poison took effect. [[Joseph Goebbels|Goebbels]] just lingers outside the room, fully knowing of what's happened.
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During [[Wilhelm Mohnke]]'s [[Berlin's breakthrough|breakthrough of Berlin]], [[Constanze Manziarly]] is shown staring at a cyanide pill capsule, possibly contemplating suicide. Whether she took it is unknown, as she was never seen with the group afterwards, and officially she "went missing".
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After learning that the German forces had declared surrender, [[Walther Hewel]] is shown clearly inserting the pill into his mouth and crushing it while simultaneously shooting himself in the head, along with [[Stehr]].
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==Known victims==

Revision as of 15:17, October 28, 2015

Cyanide pill
CyanideEva
Eva with a cyanide pill

Composition

Concentrated solution of potassium cyanide (KCN) in a glass vial

Function

Poison
Suicide pill

Cyanide pills were lethally poisonous drugs used by the Nazis, namely Adolf Hitler, to commit suicide.

Traditionally, lethal pills are oval capsules, approximately two centimeters long, consisting of a thin-walled glass ampoule covered in brown rubber (to protect against accidental breakage) and filled with a concentrated solution of potassium cyanide. It is important to note that purpose-made lethal pills (of the rubber-coated type) are never swallowed whole. Instead, they are to be crushed between the user's molars to release the fast-acting poison contained within.

Their main advantage is that, whereas a concealed pistol will quickly be discovered and confiscated when someone is overpowered and searched, a small pill more easily evades detection.

In Downfall

Himmler gave Hitler a moderate supply of cyanide pills. Eva Braun decided that she would commit suicide with a pill rather than blow her brains out with a gun. Traudl and Gerda also asked a pill for themselves.

In order to test the effectiveness of the pills, Hitler decided to test one of them on his dog, Blondi, with the help of his dog handler Fritz Tornow and Dr. Werner Haase. The dog died nearly instantly. He became completely inconsolable afterwards.

Some time after Hitler's death, Magda Goebbels with Ludwig Stumpfegger's help feed her children a sedative in the guise of a drink to put them unconscious, but not without Helga struggling. After the children went under the influence she proceed to administer the pill one by one, and they gasped as the poison took effect. Goebbels just lingers outside the room, fully knowing of what's happened.

During Wilhelm Mohnke's breakthrough of Berlin, Constanze Manziarly is shown staring at a cyanide pill capsule, possibly contemplating suicide. Whether she took it is unknown, as she was never seen with the group afterwards, and officially she "went missing".

After learning that the German forces had declared surrender, Walther Hewel is shown clearly inserting the pill into his mouth and crushing it while simultaneously shooting himself in the head, along with Stehr.


Known victims

Gallery

Trivia

  • It is possible that the real Hitler tried to use a pill to poison himself when he died, but it didn't work, so he just shot himself.
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