...well, enough of that music criticism stuff (see article following)....back to the main topics: alternative technology, strange history, and, of course, the Nazis...
One of the listeners to my interviews with George Ann Hughes on The Byte Show, we'll call her "Mrs. X" here, was kind enough to send me the link to a fascinating article on pre-war, wartime, and perhaps postwar shenanigans of the Nazis in Latin America, this time in Brazil. The article, entitled "The First Boys From Brazil: Nazi Graveyard Discovered Deep in the Amazon Forest", by Alan Hall is available online at www.dailymail.co.uk.
The article comes with some fascinating pictures, one of which is of a large cross - I'd say about 10 feet tall, at the top of which is painted or carved (it's hard to tell which, it may be both) swastika, with the person's name, "Joseph Greiner" painted (or carved) on the cross arm, and below it, on the vertical shaft of the monument, it states "starb hier am 2.1.36" that is, died on the 2nd of January, 1936, "in the service of German research work" and then lists the "German Amazon Jary Expedition, 1935-1937 as presumably the expedition on which he was conducting "research."
The article's author does not say much about what this "research" actually was. What he does say, however, is intriguing for its brevity. Noting that the purpose of the expedition was ostensibly to explore remote areas of the Amazonian jungle for eventual German colonization, "The author (Alan Hall) found evidence, however, that Himmler had 'scant interest' in (the expedition leader's) grandiose settlement plans. A Nazi film was made of his travels - but no mention made of the Guayana Project: it remained classified by SS Intelligence." (Note: the "Guayana Project" was the expedition leader's scheme to explore the Jary tributary of the Amazon near French and British Guayana for the purposes of colonization.) The article continues: "'Given time, the plan may be submitted again,' Himmler wrote to his jungle emissary. But his experiences were put to use by the Nazi war machine: he became Nazi Germany's leading expert in aerial photoreconnaissance interpretation."
Aerial photoreconniassance interpretation? Say that again please?
Clearly this was not an ordinary archaeological expedition. Granted, such capabilities might be used for such an expedition, to scout out likely encampment areas, determine the best routes, and so on, so the possibility must be entertained that the expedition was nothing more than what Hall indicates in his article: a looney Nazi scheme to scout out areas for colonization by "the master race." But Himmler's involvement might also portend something more, as might this aerial photoreconnaissance capability and the leader's expertise in interpreting it.
Indeed, the latter capability, plus the article's comment that the expedition leader's expertise in aerial photoreconnaissance interpretation was subsequently used by the Third Reich, suggests that this capability was added to the expedition, not because it was looking for areas to colonize, but rather because it was looking for something, or perhaps even some place. And the very direct involvement of Reichsfuehrer Himmler himself underscores this possibility, for as is now well known, Himmler sponsored a number of such pre-war expeditions by the SS precisely to look for things of ancient and esoteric significance. It is well known, for example, that the Schaeffer expedition to Tibet in late 1938 and early 1939 returned to Germany with the only complete copy of the epic Kang Schuur in Western hands. (And an even greater mystery is what happened to that copy at the end of the war! My guess? It remained in Nazi hands after the war, probably in Argentina or some Latin American outpost.)
The clue that the expedition may have been looking for something rather than for areas to colonize comes from the inter-war expedition plans of certain German archaeologists, who - recalling the story of Colonel Percy Fawcett's expedition to find a lost city (and the "crystals of power" that it allegedly, according to local native Indian traditions, possessed) - planned an expedition in the 1920s to find the lost colonel (or at least his remains), and hopefully the city itself. The expedition planned on utilizing the enormous air ship, the Graf Zeppelin to scout and photograph the territory by air. The plans fell through, however, with the advent of the depression. But these plans, and the real purpose of that expedition, would certainly have been known to Himmler and his Brazilian team.
So what might this expedition have been looking for, beyond Colonel Fawcett's remains, or his lost city and "power crystals"? One answer is provided - although very vaguely and cryptically - by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in their latest installment of the Indiana Jones series of films: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. In the movie, Indie and a companion, who later turns out to be the son he never knew he had, journey to South America in search of the lost city of the crystal skulls, a city called "Akator". For those who thought the Nazis were long gone as a theme in the Indiana Jones movies, hang on, for there was published in Germany in the late 1970s and 80s, a book that was subsequently translated into English, called The Chronicle of Akakor. The book purports to be the recounting to a westerner by a native Indian in Brazil about a lost colony deep in the Amazon jungle, where the natives and their Caucasian visitors all spoke German. According to the book, the tribesman said that these Germans arrived before and during the war as a part of a large-scale commando operation preparatory to a German invasion of Brazil. These details sound suspiciously similar to the recent discovery of these German graves deep in the Amazonian jungle as recounted by Hall.
But there's much more. According to the Chronicle of Akakor these Germans learned of the native traditions of lost cities, crystals of power, and a very ancient cosmic war, and decided to befriend the Indians in an effort to learn its location. And the name of this lost city - which the book strongly suggests the Germans actually found and decided to colonize - was, of course, Akakor.
There are other possibilities as well for the SS' interest in Brazil and the Amazonian jungle and headwaters. Recently one of my publishers (Adventures Unlimited Press), published a book called Taos Gold, a story about similar legends of lost treasures and records from some very ancient and unknown civilization in the highlands of Ecuador, close to the Brazilian border and the headwaters of the Amazon. The rumors of this particular lost treasure and record hall even picqued the interest of none other than former Apollo 11 astronaut Niel Armstrong, who took part in an expedition to find the lost treasure and records. The important thing here, however, is that the rumors of this treasure were old enough - having begun in the days of colonial Spain - that they could also have been known to the Nazis. And given Himmler's SS Ahnenerbe's research interest in such things, it may indeed be possible that this particular story also came to the attention of the Nazis.
While these speculations are certainly not grounded in any actual evidence that these things or things like them formed the real purpose of that Nazi Brazilian expedition, what is known about it thus far certainly would not preclude such a possible and covert purpose. The parallels between the Chronicles of Akakor, released years before the actual discovery of these Nazi graves, are quite compelling and intriguing in their own right. Coupled with what I detail in my forthcoming book The Nazi International concerning Nazi activities in Argentina, my money is on the possibility that the 1937 German Amazonian expedition was looking for more than just places to colonize...
...keep that dial right here.