When photographer Lee Miller set foot in Hitler's private Munich apartment in 1945, it was occupied by Allied forces. The apartment was still just as Hitler left it, right down to his portraits everywhere. It still had working electricity.

So Miller, who would be there when Hitler's death was announced, did something that raised eyebrows: She took a bath. In Hitler's tub.

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Miller had been the war correspondent for Vogue. (Let's pause for a moment and consider the fact that Vogue once had a war correspondent.) In her diary, she described the apartment as having "bad dull art." However, she did end up taking a silver tray home.


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  • A new view of a photograph that appeared, heavily cropped, in LIFE, <a href="http://life.time.com/history/adolf-hitler-bunker-and-the-ruins-of-berlin-1945/#2" target="_blank">picturing Hitler's bunker</a>, partially burned by retreating German troops and stripped of valuables by invading Russians. (William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • Not published in LIFE. LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth, left, sifts through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where, Knauth was told, the <a href="http://life.time.com/history/adolf-hitler-bunker-and-the-ruins-of-berlin-1945/#11" target="_blank">bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were burned</a> after their suicides. (William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • Not published in LIFE. Russian soldiers and a civilian struggle to move a large bronze <a href="http://life.time.com/history/adolf-hitler-bunker-and-the-ruins-of-berlin-1945/#16" target="_blank">Nazi Party eagle</a> that once loomed over a doorway of the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, 1945. (William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • Not published in LIFE. An American soldier, PFC Douglas Page, offers a mocking Nazi salute inside the <a href="http://life.time.com/history/adolf-hitler-bunker-and-the-ruins-of-berlin-1945/#17" target="_blank">bombed-out ruins of the Berliner Sportspalast</a>, or Sport Palace. The venue, destroyed during an Allied bombing raid in January 1944, was where the Third Reich often held political rallies. (William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

  • Not published in LIFE. An image almost too perfectly symbolic of Berlin in 1945: A <a href="http://life.time.com/history/adolf-hitler-bunker-and-the-ruins-of-berlin-1945/#19" target="_blank">crushed globe and a bust of Hitler</a> amid rubble outside the ruined Reich Chancellery. (William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)