THE HITLER FILES
Brit and US spies hunted Hitler for TEN YEARS after WW2 over fake sightings in South America, secret docs show
DECLASSIFIED documents show how the UK and US hunted for Adolf Hitler for 10 years after the end of World War 2 as they feared he was still alive.
Spy files held in the archives of the CIA and the FBI unearthed by The Sun Online show the stunning leads pursued with very real fear that Hitler escaped from his bunker in Berlin.
Historians now know the maniacal Nazi boss died when he shot himself as the allies bore down on Berlin during the final days of World War 2 in 1945.
But in the confusion as the map was carved up between the West and the Soviet Union – a massive probe by spook from the US and UK was opened into the fate of Hitler.
It is known some Nazis used hidden escape routes called “ratlines” to flee from Germany as the Third Reich collapsed, with some finding shelter in South America.
Various tips and reports were filed back to intelligence agencies about possible sightings of Hitler- with many being passed to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
The hunt lasted at least ten years, with documents being dated as late as 1955.
The Sun Online can reveal some of the most stunning claims about the dictator from these fascinating formerly top secret files.
Hitler ‘pictured alive in 1955’
CIA agents were wired a picture of a man who was claimed to be Adolf Hitler on October, 3, 1955.
The photo held in a docket of files shows the man sporting Hitler’s distinctive moustache sitting with a man who is allegedly former SS trooper Philip Citroen.
An agent codenamed Cimelody-3 reported back to the CIA that Citroen had told him Hitler had been living on Colombia.
Citroen is said to have told the informant that Hitler was hoping he could no longer be prosecuted as a war criminal as had ten years had passed since the end of World War 2.
The document, held on the CIA website, was wired from the head of CIA’s bureau in Carcas, Venezuela.
It was sent to the head of spy agency’s Western Hemisphere Division, who would at the time have been Joseph Cadwell King.
Nazi U-boat landing sites ‘found in Argentina’
Top secret files reveal police went on the hunt for U-boat landing sites along the coast amid fears high ranking Nazis were landing in Argentina.
FBI radiograms reveal they were hunting “clandestine landings” from the submarine U-530 and “other similar craft”.
U-530 is a Kreigsmarine vessel which has been the subject to various rumours and conspiracy theories about the Nazis’ feared flight to South America.
It surrendered the Argentine Navy on July 10, 1945, but was found with a deck gun, its ship’s log was missing and the crew had no identification.
The vessel spent two months at sea after escaping from Europe – and mystery still surrounds this voyage – with contemporary reports suggesting it came from Japan.
U-530 had been rumoured to have transported high ranking Nazis to South America – but there is no evidence of this.
Hitler and Evan Braun ‘spotted at hotel in Brazil’
Sightings of “Hitler” continued years after the end of WW2, with this one being reported to the FBI in 1947.
The document describes a town called “Casino” near Rio Grande in Brazil which appeared to be “entirely populated” by Germans.
FBI agents interviewed an informant, who claimed to be a former French resistance fighter, who said he saw Hitler and Eva Braun sitting at a resort in the town.
The man also claimed to have spotted a German officer named “Weissman” he recognised from occupied Paris.
He described the Fuhrer as “clean shaven” and “emaciated” and claimed he was thrown out of the hotel after trying to take pictures of them.
The report was sent to FBI director J.Edgar Hoover who then instructed agents to probe the “fantastic story” – but the outcome of the case is unknown.
Hitler and Eva Braun ‘hiding out in the Andes’
Another lead the allies pursued after the end of World War 2 was the claim that Hitler and Eva Braun arrived via U-boat with some 50 other Nazis in Argentina. It was claimed the escapees were then led away into the Andes on horseback, where three secret communities were set up for the Nazis. It was said Hitler had shaved off his famous moustache and was suffering asthma and ulcers. Other claims in the heavily faded documents include details that an agent had been told by a “trustworthy source” that Hitler and Braun were in Argentina.
It is claimed in the documents that “footprints” and “tire marks” were also found at a suspected U-boat landing site near San Julian. FBI agents however questioned whether their source was “telling the truth” and dismissed it as having a “lack of sufficient information”.
Hitler switched places with ‘body double’
In one of the most outrageous reports, an FBI informant from Dayton, Ohio, claimed to have met the “real Hitler” in the 1950s in Buenos Aries. The man claimed Hitler had a body double who took his place in the final days of WW2, according to the report dated January 19, 1955. He claims that the “real” Fuhrer had undergone “considerable plastic surgery” so he appeared much younger. However, the man claimed the giveaway was his arms and legs – which had “the appearance of a person 65 or 70 years old”. FBI agents sent to the report to Hoover, with their mole admitting he feared telling them the story as they might think he is a “crank”. Hoover forwarded on the report to the CIA who requested an interview – with the man then claiming he had no memory of his claims due to a car crash.
THE NAZIS WHO DID ESCAPE
HISTORIANS know that Hitler died in his bunker after shooting himself – but some Nazis did escape to South America.
The evil mastermind behind the “final solution” escaped to Argentina in 1950 after hiding out in Austria. He was captured in 1960 by Israeli agents before being hanged as a war criminal – being handed Israel’s only ever use death sentence.
Known as the “Angel of Death”, Mengele was an SS officer who experimented on and tortured prisoners at Auschwitz. The vile beast fled to Paraguay, then Brazil, and managed to elude justice before drowning after suffering a strike while swimming in 1979.
The SS colonel behind mobile gas chambers which killed at least 100,000 people during World War 2. He managed to escape an prison camp before fleeing to Chile, where he lived out his days until 1984 under the protection of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
He was known as “The White Death” for his white uniform and worked to kill thoses with mental and physical disabilities. Escaping to Brazil in 1951, he was eventually captured and taken back to Germany in 1967 – being found guilty of the mass murder of 900,000 people. He died in 1971.
Headed up a program to help “purify” the Aryan race which oversaw the slaughter of 200,000 people with incurable conditions. He hid out in Argentina after fleeing there in 1949 but was arrested after he returned to Germany in 1963. He fled to Argentina again while on bail, but then became the first Nazi extradited by Buenos Aires – dying in 1981. Conspiracy theories about Hitler’s death run rampant even some 76 years since he shot himself in the Fuhrerbunker. The fascination with his alleged escape was fueled as the Iron Curtain fell in the final days of World War 2. Soviet Union officials helped sow conflicting information, with some reporting the body found burned in Berlin was a “very poor body double”. Joseph Stalin himself even outright denied Hitler was dead when asked by US President Harry Truman.