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According to declassified files, the US government entertained the idea that Adolf Hitler managed to make it out of Germany on April 30, 1945. The papers, which have been blacked out to protect the identity of officers involved, explore the possibility that the Nazi leader made it to South America in a German U-boat two weeks after he reportedly shot himself. The Nazi leader apparently arrived in Argentina in ill-health, suffering from asthma and ulcers, and had supposedly shaved off his moustache too.
Harry Cooper, who has been investigating the possibility that Hitler lived for more than 20 years after the war, claims to have worked out his escape route.
“Hitler was flown to Spain [from Berlin] with Eva Braun and Blondi his dog,” he argued.
“From there they went down by submarine to Argentina.
“It was winter when they got there – they landed at San Antonio Oeste – which was a railway base used by smugglers.
“The Lausen Wool Company had stores all over Argentina and that was the conduit for German spies.
“So they took the train west to the Estancia San Ramon and stayed there for the winter.”
Conspiracy theorists have often enjoyed the idea Hitler survived the war due to the bizarre circumstances around his death.
According to official reports, as the Red Army closed in on central Berlin, Hitler shot himself.
The body was then supposedly burnt, leaving no trace.
Years later, Russian authorities claimed Hitler was still alive – with Joseph Stalin outright telling former US President Harry Truman he escaped.
However, despite the alleged sighting recorded by the CIA and FBI, French-led investigations suggest theFuhrer did indeed die in his bunker.
Using remains of a jaw bone that had been hidden by the Russian secret service since 1945 suggests Hitler did kill himself.
In a 2017 paper published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers suggest SS officers were ordered to burn the body before Soviet troops discovered the charred remains.