The adjutant of Fegelein was shot in the back trying to fly. Hermann Fegelein who married the sister of Eva Braun, Gretl
and had one daughter called Eva
after her aunt. Eva Fegelein committed suicide on 25-04-1971 after her boyfriend was killed in an auto accident. Gretl Braun-Fegelein moved to Munich and remarried in 1954. She died in 1987, aged 72. After Himmler tried to negotiate a surrender to the western Allies via Count Folke Bernadotte in April 1945, Fegelein left the Reich Chancellery bunker complex and was caught by SS-Obersturmbannführer Peter Högl in his Berlin apartment on 27 April, wearing civilian clothes and preparing to flee to Sweden or Switzerland. He was carrying cash—German and foreign—and jewellery, some of which belonged to Eva Braun (see Braun parents). Högl also uncovered a briefcase containing documents with evidence of Himmler’s attempted peace negotiations with the western Allies. According to most accounts he was intoxicated when arrested and brought back to the Führerbunker. After midnight on 02-05-1945, Högl was wounded in the head while crossing the Weidendammer Bridge and died of his injuries. Högl was 47 years old. Fegelein’s wife Gretl was heavily pregnant when he was arrested (the baby Eva was born in early May). Hitler considered releasing him without punishment or assigning him to Wilhelm Mohnke‘s troops. Hitler’s secretary, Traudl Junge an eye-witness to bunker events—stated that Braun pleaded with Hitler to spare her brother-in-law and tried to justify Fegelein’s behaviour. However, he was taken to the garden of the Reich Chancellery on 28 April, and was “shot like a dog”, age 38. Waldemar Fegelein was implicated in the killing of Russian Partisans/Jews during the war and in one incident specifically he reportedly ordered his men to murder 21 Jewish men in the town of Starobin on 21-08-1941, at the end of an anti partisan sweep called “Operation Turov”. His brother Hermann reported that over 13.000 Jews/Partisans had been terminated during this operation. Waldemar Fegelein was promoted to Standartenführer on 12-21-1944. Among his many decorations, Fegelein received the following: Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, German Cross in Gold, Iron Cross 1st Class, Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Wound Badge, the German Sports Badge in Gold, SS Honor Ring and SS Honor Sword. Fegelein survived the war and was released from the prisoner camp in Darmstadt on 25-11-1946 and changed his name to Axel Fegelein, though he would sign autograph requests with his birth name. He led his own riding school near Bad Wörishofen and never had to jusify himself for his war crimes.
Death and burial ground of Fegelein, Waldemar “Axel”.
Waldemar Fegelein above with Eva Braun’s mother Franzisca, died 20-11-2000, age 88 in Obermeitingen. Fegelein is actually buried with his wife Anneliese, who died age 66 in 1990, on the Waldfriedhof of Ansbach. The body of his brother Hermann who was shot in the garden of the of the Reichskanzlei and thrown into a shellhole and hastily buried, is never found and probably destroyed.