WILL THE REAL ADOLF HITLER PLEASE DIE? AN UPDATE
The story of the survival of Nazis after the war in Latin America - some of them very high ranking - is a story that just does not seem to want to go away:
Now the South American journalist Abel Basti has joined the ranks of those - this author included - who have been researching the vast Nazi compound and postwar influence in the Argentine province of Rio Negro. Basti has now authored a trilogy covering the story, a story that first began to be noticed and reviewed in the old magazine The Police Gazette. Indeed, I have recently come into the possession of even more information concerning the Nazi-goings on and secret research being done in that province near - you guessed it - San Carlos di Bariloche, headquarters of the "fusion" project of Dr. Ronald Richter after the war.
Basti's website - linked above - does provide a bit of a clue in the form of a document that can be linked from his website. The document is translated as follows:
“Hitler´s special journey to Barcelona"
The Führer and his companions leave Hörching airport on 26.04.1945 at 20:00
The Führer´s companions are as follows:
Dr Goebbels (his name is crossed out in the original)
Mrs Goebbels and her sons (6) (also crossed out)
SS Gruppenführer Mueller*
SS Gruppenführer Fegelein
General der Infanterie Burgdorf
Botschafter zbV Hewel*
SS Oberstubf. Betz
SS Stubf. Dr Stumpfegger (with a question mark in the original)*
SS Hauptstuf. Gross
4 men from the Security Unit Command
The handover of the luggage (of the distinguished persons named above) will take place from 16:00 onwards at the Hörching airport entrance.”
Beyond a few minor translational problems, the document does present some historical ones, and rather egregious ones at that. The names of the Goebbels family have been crossed out, suggesting that the document, if authentic, was prepared prior to the Goebbels' suicides. Beyond this, Gruppenfuehrer Fegelein, according to the Nazi witnesses whose story still forms the "official" version of the final events in the bunker, was executed under orders from Hitler, and yet his name is not crossed off the list.
Yet suggestively enough, Bormann's name appears along with Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller, both of whom, as I have argued in The Nazi International, very likely made it out of Nazi Germany via airplane and the the voyage of the U-234, whose log book is missing 12 whole days prior to its equally suspicious surrender to the American Navy. But as I also noted in that examination, there is some slight evidence to suggest that Bormann had Eva Braun "dispatched," to have one less person - and from Bormann's warped point of view, one less needless person - to have to spirit out of Nazi Germany before the final collapse.
The document itself raises my "suspicion antennae," for why would a documentary trail of a planned escape even be created when so much of the rest of the trail is so thoroughly and carefully obfuscated? Why take the chance that such a plot would be discovered and undone by creating a document? But assuming the document to be genuine for the sake of argument, it does suggest what other evidence presented by myself and others, clearly corroborates, namely, that there was indeed an attempt to ferry out the most prominent Nazi leaders - Hitler included - at the end of the war. The official story of the final moments, that story created by Trevor-Roper at the behest of British intelligence, and on the basis of the testimony of the Nazis themselves, was never accepted by the Argentine locals of Rio Negro province, who maintain, to this day, and over all opposition, that the high Nazi leadership did indeed live in their country for a number of years after the war. And as far as the document itself goes, if genuine, then perhaps it was intended as further obfuscation, for it indicates an escape from Germany by air to Nationalist Spain, a hazardous undertaking to say the least, since any available route from Berlin to that country would have flown through air space thoroughly under Allied control. On the face of it then, the escape plan itself - even if the document is genuine - is ludicrous.
The problem simply won't go away, and only appears to be growing with each year's distance from the end of the war, as more and more details slowly are coming out. But the problem may be boiled down to a simple question: Suppose there were life insurance policies on Adolf Hitler and Martin Bormman through Prudential Insurance Company in 1945. Is the evidence for suicide in Hitler's case strong enough for the Prudential to avoid paying a policy on him to his estate? And by the same token, in Bormann's case, are the various versions of his death also strong enough to compel the Prudential to pay on his policy?
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