My friend was Russian, as was his family, some of whom were veterans of the harsh conflict on the Russian front.
When I was a boy, oddities fascinated me, particularly if they appeared to make no sense.
Historical oddities or anomalous news stories especially attracted my interest, lingering in my mind for years to come.
The events seemed to unfold faster than the news media's ability to keep pace.
I remember that day too, for I was driving with a friend in his van in Manhattan.
Like many Americans, I well remember where I was when President Kennedy was assassinated.
I was home, sick, and watching television, sipping an endless stream of the chicken noodle soup that my mother always made for me when I was ill.The East German police were not interested at the time but Tuchel traced the documents and military decorations found on the body to archives in Berlin and crossed that with data from German intelligence and the U. The cemetery was desecrated by the Nazis and became the site of 16 mass graves for more than 2,700 people who died in Allied air raids and the fall of Berlin. Dieter Graumann, chairman of the Central Council of Jews, said in a statement it was “in outrageously bad taste that a brutal Nazi sadist should be buried in a Jewish Cemetery”.“It’s an insult to the memory of the victims,” he said.As hands-on operational head of the Gestapo, Mueller reported first to Reinhard Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Holocaust, until his assassination in Prague in 1942, and then to Heinrich Himmler, head of the paramilitary SS.Born in 1900 and decorated in the First World War, Mueller became a policeman before Heydrich recruited him to the SS and Gestapo.He was heard to say he would never let himself be captured by the Russians. Now Professor Johannes Tuchel says he has found proof that Mueller did indeed die in Berlin in 1945, was first buried in a provisional grave in a garden in Luftwaffe headquarters and then consigned to a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in the city.