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1949 The Western powers consolidate their sectors into the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), a constitutional democracy. The Soviets establish the Communist-run German Democratic Republic in their eastern zone.
1951 June 8 Otto Ohlendorf, former commander of Einsatzgruppe D, is hanged at Landsberg Prison, after all appeals have been heard. (Secrets)
1951 July 23 General Henri Philippe Petain dies in a French prison.
1951 A peace treaty with Japan is signed by 50 nations, led by the United States but excluding the Soviet bloc. Japan is required to abandon claims to China and to renounce the use of force to settle international disputes. Reparations are not imposed and the treaty does not recognize Soviet occupation of the Kuril Islands or southern Sakhalin.
1952 A treaty between Japan and the Allies goes into effect and Japan regains full sovereignty.
1953 April 25 Watson and Crick define the three-dimensional structure of DNA, the hereditary material first identified in 1944. Rapid, almost explosive, advances in the science of genetics begin. Soon, semi-synthetic hereditary material engineered for specific purposes can be introduced into plant and animal tissues, even into the germ line, where it is inherited by the next generation. (Science)
1954 April 22 Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels (Adolf Joseph Lanz) dies in Vienna. His request to be buried at Heilegenkreuz monastery is refused. Rumors soon circulate that his body was secretly disinterred and reburied at Heiligenkreuz. (Howe)
1955 An treaty between the former Allies and Austria treats Austria as a liberated nation and not a defeated one. Austria receives independence, and the four-power occupation is terminated.
1956 Eduard Schulte marries a Jewess (Doris), who has been his mistress since before the war. His wife, Clara Ebert Schulte died the previous year. (Silence)
1957 March 26 The West German Constitutional Court upholds the continued validity of the Vatican Concordat for the German Federal Republic.
1958 October 9 Pope Pius XII dies at Castel Gandolfo.
1959 Franz von Papen is appointed Papal Privy Chamberlain.
1960 June 1 Paula Hitler, Adolf Hitler's only surviving full-sibling, dies. Since neither Adolf or Paula had children, there are no known living descendants of Alois and Klara Hitler. (Payne)
1968 Soviet journalist Lev Bezymenski publishes "The Death of Adolf Hitler" which discloses previously unavailable information concerning the autopsies of what are said to be the bodies of Adolf Hitler and his entourage.
1970 April 4-5 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev orders the bodies of Hitler and his entourage exhumed from their hiding place at Magdeburg, and incinerated.
1976 July 13/14 Former SS Col. Joachim Peiper is murdered and his home at Traves, France. His home is burned down around him, and one of his arms and a leg are missing when the body is found. French patriots or a Jewish revenge squad are said to have been responsible. (Secrets)
1989 November 9 Without warning the Berlin Wall suddenly comes down. The swiftness of its fall stuns the world and many find it suspicious that this remarkable event coincides with the date of Hitler's most "sacred Aryan" holiday. (November 9th was a date connected with the National Socialist movement from its very beginning and with Adolf Hitler as far back as World War I.) (Blutzeuge)
1993 February 19 Russian officials show what they say are two pieces of Hitler's skull to the world press. Many historians remain skeptical of their authenticity.
1997 October 16 A Polish government panel finds no evidence that Communist authorities instigated the 1946 pogrom against Jews in Kielce (P), but acknowledged the Communists did not act quickly enough to control the violence. 42 Jews were killed during what is considered the last pogrom in Europe. A number of Polish army officers and security officers are known to have taken part in the attacks.
1999 November 9 The tenth anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Neo-Nazis, both in America and Europe, believe this date will mark a day of special importance to their movement. (See Blutzeuge, Munich Putsch, Kristallnacht)