The US government probed the possibility that Adolf Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker in April 30, 1945, declassified documents reveal. The papers, which have been blacked out to protect the identity of officers involved, explore the possibility the Nazi leader made it to South America in a German U-boat two weeks after he reportedly shot himself dead. The files claim Hitler arrived with around 50 others including Eva Braun, his dog and a personal doctor, as part of a pre-arranged deal with Argentinian officials.
He had apparently shaved off his moustache and was suffering from asthma and ulcers, but was quickly taken via horseback to a private ranch.
Harry Cooper, who has been researching the rumoured escape for years, says he can document up to 30 years of Hitler’s survival after the war.
“Hitler did indeed escape Berlin and lived out his life in relative peace and comfort in Argentina for 20 or 30 years after the war,” he revealed on Amazon Prime’s “Adolf Hitler’s Great Escape”.
“Our research proves the country knew he got away – one of our agents spent two or three weeks digging out files in the national archive they did not even know they had.
“They all flat-out state they knew Hitler got away and these are from June through to September 1945.
“We have hundreds of files from the early days that prove the government knew it.”
However, it is unlikely government officials would not follow-up on such huge claims.
The US government would have taken the reports seriously, which is why they sent officers to investigate.
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 thought to have been burned by Soviet soldiers, with no remains ever found.
Russian authorities later claimed Hitler was still alive – with Joseph Stalin outright telling former US President Harry Truman.
However, despite the alleged sighting recorded by the CIA and FBI, French-led investigations suggest the Further did indeed die in his bunker.
Using remains of a jaw bone that had been hidden by the Russian secret service since 1940 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.