Famous People Who Died in May 1945

  • May 1 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, dies at 59

Joseph Goebbels

May 1 Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife (43) and arranges the death of their 6 children, Heidrun (4), Hedwig (6), Holdine (8), Helmut (9), Hildegard (11), and Helga (12)

  • May 2 Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34

Martin Bormann

May 2 Martin Bormann, German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), most likely commits suicide on this date at 44 [remains identified in 1972]

  • May 4 Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (commander in the German occupation of Austria, invasions of Poland, France, and Russia during WWII), dies at 64
  • May 5 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • May 5 Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • May 8 Bernhard Rust, German Nazi politician and Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (1934-45), reportedly commits suicide at 61
  • May 10 Richard Glücks, German SS officer and concentration camp administrator, committed suicide at 56
  • May 13 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), dies at 49
  • May 14 Heber J. Grant, 7th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 88
  • May 15 Charles Williams, British poet and writer, dies at 58
  • May 15 Major Courtney, US medal of honor marine, dies in battle of Sugar Loaf
  • May 17 Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies
  • May 17 Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
  • May 19 Philipp Bouhler, German nazi leader (b. 1889)
  • May 22 Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Dutch lithographer and wood carver, dies at 80

Heinrich Himmler

May 23 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader (head of the SS), commits suicide while in Allied custody at 44

  • May 25 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, dies at 62
  • May 30 Irma Laplasse, Flemish farmer/nazi collaborator, executed