Gustav Weler

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Gustav Weler was a political decoy (doppelgänger or Body-double) of Adolf Hitler.[1] At the end of the Second World War, he was executed by a gunshot to the forehead in an attempt to confuse the Allied troops when Berlin was taken.[citation needed] He was also used "as a decoy for security reasons".[2] When his corpse was discovered in the Reich Chancellery garden by Soviet troops, it was mistakenly believed to be that of Hitler because of his identical moustache and haircut. The corpse was also photographed and filmed by the Soviets.[3] However, the British surgeon and historical writer W. Hugh Thomas reported in his 1996 book “Doppelgangers” that Gustav Weler was found alive after the war and that Allied troops interviewed Weler following Hitler’s death.[4] One servant from the bunker declared that the dead man was one of Hitler's cooks. He also believed this man "had been assassinated because of his startling likeness to Hitler, while the latter had escaped from the ruins of Berlin".[5]

Weler's body was brought to Moscow for investigations and buried in the yard at Lefortovo prison.[6]


  1. ^ Petrova, Peter Watson. "The Death of Hitler". W. W. Norton & Company.
  2. ^ The Houston Chronicle Sep 17, 1992
  3. ^ Video of Weler photographed by Soviets
  4. ^ Thomas, W. Hugh, "Doppelgangers," 1996
  5. ^ The New York Times, May 9, 1945
  6. ^ The Times. London (UK): Sep 20, 1992.