Documentary by Joanna Chejade-Bloom ’02 Reveals Startling New Finding About Skull Believed to Be Hitler's

Posted October 8th, 2009 at 2:24 pm.

In Chejade's documentary, researchers examined this skull, which was said to be Adolf Hitler's.

In Chejade's documentary, researchers examined this skull, which was said to be Adolf Hitler's.

A documentary produced and directed by Joanna Chejade-Bloom ’02 made headlines when it aired on the History Channel in September. "Hitler's Escape," the premiere episode of the new series Mystery Quest, followed a researcher who examined fragments of "a skull that Russia has long claimed to be physical evidence that Hitler died in his bunker," said Chejade-Bloom. "Once subjected to DNA testing at the University of Connecticut, it was proven that the skull in fact belongs to a woman." The finding has called into question a well-known and generally accepted account of Hitler's death.

After the documentary was aired, stories about it appeared in major media outlets around the world, including the BBC, The Guardian, NBC New York, and many others. The story of the skull even found its way into David Letterman's monologue.

Chejade-Bloom notes that the documentary was a Bi-College effort: the film was shot by Haverford alumnus Jon Miller ’01.

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