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International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 194–196 | Cite as

Identification of the skeletal remains of Martin Bormann by mtDNA analysis

  • K. Anslinger
  • G. Weichhold
  • W. Keil
  • B. Bayer
  • W. Eisenmenger
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Abstract

Contrary to statements of an eye-witness who reported that Martin Bormann, the second most powerful man in the Third Reich, died on 2 May 1945 in Berlin, rumours persisted over the years that he had escaped from Germany after World War II. In 1972, skeletal remains were found during construction work, and by investigating the teeth and the bones experts concluded that they were from Bormann. Nevertheless, new rumours arose and in order to end this speculation we were commissioned to identify the skeletal remains by mitochondrial DNA analysis. The comparison of the sequence of HV1 and HV2 from the skeletal remains and a living maternal relative of Martin Bormann revealed no differences and this sequence was not found in 1500 Caucasoid reference sequences. Based on this investigation, we support the hypothesis that the skeletal remains are those of Martin Bormann.

Key words Martin Bormann MtDNA Identification 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Anslinger
    • 1
  • G. Weichhold
    • 1
  • W. Keil
    • 1
  • B. Bayer
    • 1
  • W. Eisenmenger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Frauenlobstrasse 7a, 80337 Munich, Germany Fax: +49-89-51605144, Tel.: +49-89-51605121DE

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