I just finished reading an interesting book by Dr. Hans Baumann, called Hitler's Fate. This short book was well worth the read, for in it, Baumann takes the reader through a careful review of all the published works recounting the standard line of Hitler's and Eva Braun's suicides in Berlin on April 30, 1945, and shows the inherent contradictions in the story, a story whose details depend entirely on the testimony of a few of the witnesses, who even in the standard version of history, did not even really witness the event, but only its alleged aftermath.
By pouring over the various studies, including, significantly, the Soviet books and statements on the whole episode, Baumann comes to a novel hypothesis: that sometime on April 22, 1945, Adolf Hitler and his dog, Blondi, disappeared while on a walk in the Reichschancellery gardens, and his double, with another German shepherd dog, were replaced for him. Later, the Goebbels family with a young woman in tow, arrives, the woman to act as a double for Eva Braun.
To buttress this claim, Baumann presents fascinating evidence from the standard accounts documenting a complete change between the pre-April 22nd and post-April 22nd Hitlers, including statements from US intelligence sources of the period also declaring quite unambiguously that after April 22, there is no good evidence that Hitler was even in the Bunker.
In Baumann's scenario, one of two likely escape routes was possible, by helicopter (yes the Germans had helicopters folks) to Magdeburg, and thence by aircraft (a Ju 290 in this case), to Barcelona in Franco's Spain, and thence probably to - you guessed it - the environs of San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, or by some route to Hamburg, where he and dutiful wife Eva make their way by U-Boat eventually to the same destination.
This scenario would fit in well with the overall scenario of Bormann and Mueller's escapes that I outlined in Nazi International. But what was most intriguing for me was Baumann's hypothesis that the architect and malevolent mastermind of all this obfuscation by way of doubles carefully substituted in the bunker was none other than Heinrich "Gestapo" Mueller himself, a point that I also argued in Nazi International.
Whether or not one adopts or agrees with Baumann's scenario, at the very minimum one will come away from this book, as I did, even more convinced of the gaping flaws of what has been assumed as "history" of the final days of Adolf Hitler.