Hans Remembers- Saturday April 4, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- At the Soviet Union’s military base in Magdeburg, East Germany- the disposal of the remains of Adolf Hitler was carried out. Of course this wasn’t a story in the news- only the commander of the base was aware that the burnt skeletons of Hitler, his wife Eva Braun, General Hans Krebs, Joseph Goebbels, Magda Goebbels and the Goebbels children had been interred there. The Fuhrer’s skull had been sent to Moscow in 1945 where it was placed in the State Archives. KGB Director Yuri Andropov had ordered the grave’s contents to be crushed, burned and scattered as to prevent the site from becoming a shrine for neo-Nazis. The Soviet’s secret wasn’t revealed until 1995.
- The Vietnam War by this point- had many protests in the United States against the war- but on this date something a little different- 50,000 demonstrators picketed in Washington, D.C in what was called the “March For Victory”- the era’s largest pro-war demonstration. Organized by a fundamentalist radio evangelist Carl McIntire the marchers- who were well dressed, middle aged white Americans, protested U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon’s decision to reduce the American commitment rather than to take the war into North Vietnam. A real head shaker. I guess they hadn’t seen enough blood.