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Former Leader Of Hitler Youth Dies

Artur Axmann, a former leader of the Hitler Youth who sent thousands of young Germans to fight the Red Army and who later claimed to have been the last person to see Hitler alive, died in Berlin on Oct. 24. He was 83.

His death was announced only on Monday after his burial at a secret location to prevent his tomb from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine, members of his family told German reporters.

Born in Hagen in 1913, Axmann was an early convert to Nazism, joining the Hitler Youth while still a 15-year-old high school student, five years before Hitler came to power in 1933.

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