The day Adolf Hitler died – level 3

30-04-1945

Since Germany lost the crucial battle at Stalingrad in 1943, Adolf Hitler was a different man. He was close to a nervous breakdown, and he suffered from constant shaking in his left hand. After an assassination attempt on July 20, 1944, he became a complete wreck. He had difficulty moving and couldn’t keep his balance.

In January 1945, Hitler moved to his underground bunker in Berlin. Only some of the most loyal people remained with the leader.

When World War II was coming to an end, Hitler was still in his bunker. He had his cyanide capsules ready. Then he wrote his last will.

On April 30, 1945, he prepared a revolver and the poison. After lunch, he and his wife said goodbye to their loved ones and went to their room. Then people heard a shot. They found Hitler with his head shot. His wife died of poisoning. Then, their bodies were burned.

Difficult words: crucial (extremely important), nervous breakdown (a moment when you can’t function normally because you are worried and tired), assassination (the act of murdering an important person), wreck (somebody who is very nervous, tired, or unhealthy), cyanide (a very strong poison), will (a document that says what will happen with your money or things you own after you die).

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