WWII-era newspapers found in SLC garage

Headlines detail deaths of Hitler, FDR

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - In a dark, dusty garage, Colin Matthes expected to find pieces of his own family's history.

He didn't expect to find artifacts of world history.

"We were cleaning out the garage because I'm actually getting married soon," said Matthes.

"My aunt came across these old papers, and so she was just going to toss them out," added Matthes.

But when they looked closer, they noticed the papers were from 1945.

The Salt Lake Tribune editions detailed the death of Hitler; the death of FDR; and even the end of World War II.

"It's surreal, it's just bringing you back in time," said Matthes.

In his hands, he held the first drafts of long-ago history.

"It says here," said Matthes, looking at one newspaper, "It is reported from the Fuhrer's headquarters that our Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, fighting to the last breath . . . "

The newspaper report suggests Hitler was killed in battle.

"In real life, in history now, we know now that's not what happened. It was just the propaganda machine to encourage the Germans to keep fighting -- but in reality it was a suicide," said Matthes.

"It helps you see kind of what history's like in the moment, when it's happening," added Matthes.


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