|Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller|
A Nazi whose fate was unknown for a long tome, is said to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
Chief of the Gestapo, Heinrich Mueller, died in Berlin in 1945.
Now, it has been discovered that the organizer of the Holocaust, was buried in a Jewish cemetery, according to a German historian.
Mueller, who ran the Gestapo secret police before and during the Second World War, was last seen in Hitler's bunker in Berlin, the day after the Nazi leader committed suicide in 1945.
At that time, he was heard saying that he would never be captured by the Russians.
U.S. and British investigators hunted for him after the war, but found no evidence that suggested that Mueller had died or had managed to escaped to South America, as many other top Nazi officers did.
Now, Professor Johannes Tuchel said that he found evidence that Mueller died in Berlin in 1945, was first buried in a provisional grave in a garden at the Luftwaffe headquarters and was then sent to a grave in a Jewish cemetery.
"From my point of view, all the mysteries around Heinrich Mueller are solved," Professor Tuchel said.
Tuchel described Mueller as a bureaucrat, who from behind his desk was responsible with Hitler, Himmler, and Heydrich, for a lot of mass crimes.
He was deeply involved in the Holocaust, and was responsible for the mass murder of Soviet prisoners of war.
The historian was investigating a killing ordered by Mueller when he found documents about the disappearance of Mueller.
He re-examined the evidence of a grave-digger, in what was then Communist East Germany. The grave-digger remembered burying a man in uniform of a general in the Berlin-Mitte Jewish cemetery in 1945.
Tuchel tracked documents and military decorations found on the body, to archives in Berlin that matched data from German intelligence and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
He concluded that Mueller had died, and he traced the corpse to the historic Jewish cemetery, which dates back to the 17th century.
The cemetery was desecrated by the Nazis and became the site of 16 mass graves for more than 2,700 people. The place is now dedicated as a Jewish memorial.
"It was in outrageously bad taste that a brutal Nazi sadist was buried in a Jewish Cemetery,” Dieter Graumann, chairman of the Central Council of Jews, said in a statement.
"It is an insult to the memory of the victims," he added.
Jewish religious law forbids exhuming a body and would be difficult to identify a single body among the thousands buried there.