Head of Nazi Gestapo buried in Jewish cemetery: report


People walk in front of a big wall draped with flags with Nazi symbols in Berlin's Lustgarten in front of the Old Museum. A new study has found that 20 percent of Germans still harbor latent anti-Semitism.


Carsten Koall

Germany’s daily Bild newspaper reports that Heinrich Mueller, the head of the Gestapo, Adolf Hitler's secret police, from 1939, is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood.

The newspaper said historian Johannes Tuchel has found documents showing indicating Mueller’s final resting place. "Mueller never survived the war. His body was buried in 1945 in a mass grave in the Jewish cemetery," Tuchel told Bild.

Bild said that it has seen the documents backing up Tuchel’s claim.

It was previously thought that Mueller, who was personally involved in the extermination of Jewish people in Europe, had survived World War II, with Germany’s intelligence agency claiming he was spotted in Czechoslovakia in 1949.

Dieter Graumann, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said the discovery is appalling. "The fact that one of the most brutal Nazi sadists is buried in a Jewish cemetery of all places is a distasteful monstrosity," he told Bild. "The memories of the victims are being grossly violated here."