Gestapo chief Heinrich Muller was buried in Jewish cemetery
Jews horrified as papers reveal one of 'the most murderous' Nazis was given grave in central Berlin
HEINRICH MULLER, the head of the Nazis' brutal police force, the Gestapo, is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin, it has emerged. The shocking discovery has enraged Jewish leaders who have described the revelation as "horrific".
Muller was last seen in Hitler's bunker on 1 May, 1945, the day the Nazi leader committed suicide. There was speculation he might have taken his own life or escaped to South America and assumed a new identity.
Now the mystery surrounding "one of the most murderous Nazi officials" - a man who was involved in the planning and execution of the Holocaust - has ended with the revelation he was laid to rest in the Jewish cemetery in Berlin Mitte.
The shocking discovery was made by Johannes Tuchel of the German Resistance Memorial Centre who found documents "hidden away in city archives", reports German newspaper Bild.
The cemetery, which was built in 1672, contains the remains of some 12,000 Jewish people including philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. During World War II, the site was used as a holding place for Jews before their deportation to concentration camps.
Dieter Graumann, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, told Bild that the discovery of Muller's last resting place was "horrific". He added: "That one of the most brutal Nazi sadists is buried in a Jewish cemetery, of all places, is a terrible iniquity."
The idea that Muller was buried in the Jewish cemetery was first mooted in 1963 when gravedigger Walter Luders told police he had buried the Gestapo chief and "seen his face". Luders' statement was "never confirmed at the time", says Sky News, but it now clear that he was telling the truth.
The new documents reveal that Muller's body was clearly identified prior to his burial and he was wearing the uniform of a general. His Gestapo pass was discovered in his jacket before he was laid to rest. ·