Dark Migration
by Scott Corrales
FATE Jan-Feb 2009

On Sunday, July 11, 2004, the Chilean newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias published a brief interview with an author whose book had created a stir throughout South America. Abel Basti�s Bariloche Nazi openly suggested that the German F�hrer Adolf Hitler did not die in a Berlin bunker, but managed to escape to South America along with his mistress Eva Braun. Both spent their last days in the Argentinean mountain resort of San Carlos de Bariloche in the Andes.

According to Basti, Hitler died in 1960. No date for Braun�s death has been put forth. One of the locations identified as a hideaway for Hitler in Argentina is the San Ram�n estancia or ranch, owned by the German principality of Schaumburg-Lippe. Another is the Inalco Mansion on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Hitler�s days in Argentina were apparently uneventful. He went for long hikes along the shores of Nahuel Huapi and took in the clean Andean air. His trademark mustache shaven and his hair gone gray, the architect of millions of deaths had settled down as a householder.

If Hitler did, in fact, live out his final years in South America, how did he get there from the bunker in Berlin where he is believed to have committed suicide?

After the fall of Germany, the British Admiralty had issued a command to all German submarines in the high seas advising them to hoist a black flag or emblem after surfacing and to turn themselves in at the nearest port. This directly countermanded coded message 0953/4, the Nazi fleet�s last official communication, which advised U-boat commanders of the surrender and directed that their vessels be scuttled before falling into enemy hands.

As of May 29, 1945, the seas were believed to have been cleared of Nazi subs, until one of them pulled into the Portuguese port of Leixoes. The Allied Command began to wonder if Hitler could have escaped aboard one of his subs. A few weeks later, the U.S Navy reported that four or five U-boats remained unaccounted for. Hunted and running out of fuel, it was a matter of time before the dead-enders turned up. But where?

On July 10, the Argentinean submarine base at Mar del Plata was surprised by the arrival of U-530, commanded by Otto Wermouth. A month later, U-977 under the command of Heinz Sch�ffer surfaced off the Argentinean coast and surrendered to two coastal patrol vessels engaged in exercises.

Were there more rogue submarines somewhere in the South Atlantic Ocean?

In the late summer of 1945, Basti alleges, two former crewmen of the battleship Graf Spee (scuttled outside the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1939 to keep it from being captured by the British Navy) traveled to an undisclosed location in Patagonia to rendezvous with a submarine carrying some very important exiles from the shattered Third Reich.

Basti continues:

The sailors say that they slept in a Patagonian ranch and in the early morning hours were on hand to receive the submarines. They brought trucks and loaded baggage and people onto them. One researcher spoke with the sailors�now deceased�and they confirmed the story.

The convoy of Kriegsmarine U-boats consisted of ten vessels carrying at least 60 passengers each, Adolf Hitler among them. According to Basti, the sailors went public with their story in 1950.

Allied forces reconstructed the trajectory of the U-977 from its departure from Norway on May 2, 1945, to its arrival in Argentinean territorial waters in August thanks to the U-boat�s log. Captain Sch�ffer and his crew had sailed underwater from Bergen to the South Atlantic without surfacing.

Was this submarine part of the ten-ship convoy that the nameless sailors of the Graf Spee had received in Patagonia?

A book written in 1956 by Jochen Brennecke, another crewman of the Graf Spee, described having loaded half a dozen trucks with a series of boxes stamped geheime Reichssache, which had been unloaded from submarines off the Argentine coast, and later taken to an estancia or ranch deep in Patagonia. Other authors have suggested that these boxes contained nearly 90 kilos of platinum and 2,000 kilos of gold and precious jewels that formed part of the Waffen-S.S.�s treasure: enough to finance a war of resistance from a hidden location.

Stories like this one, or their variants, have been told for the past 50 years. The F�hrer and his closest advisors board a submarine (the Baltic port of Kiel is often mentioned as the point of departure) and take off for parts unknown, usually Antarctica or some South American location (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, or perhaps even Chile) from which the Reich could reorganize and strike back at the world. Some versions posit that advanced technology in the form of "flying saucers" was brought along during the escape, and that the blond haired, blue-eyed saucernauts were perfect Aryans achieved through advanced genetic engineering.

But what Abel Basti probably doesn�t know (and what many Nazi history buffs have probably overlooked) is that Hitler had cast a predatory eye on Latin America long before the rise of the thousand-year Reich. According to an article in Executive Intelligence Review by William F. Wertz, Jr., titled "The Nazi-Instigated National Synarchist Union of Mexico," the F�hrer�s greater geopolitical strategy included Latin America as a fertile and very enticing part of the world to be brought to heel.


It is claimed he lived there eleven years in hiding at several locations that included the Eden Hotel La Fada in the Andes as well as in Bariloche and Villa Angostura before moving on to Chile where he died in 1985 at age 96.

Claimed photo of an aged Adolf Hitler
living in Argentina postwar




Hotel Eden, La Falda Argentina

La Falda grew up around the hotel, and eventually crowded it out with competition.
Eden was maintained through the mid-1960s, until it fell into disrepair and was abandoned.
The hotel seems to be still in use as a museum.

Villa Angostura near San Carlos de Bariloche



San Carlos de Bariloche some 750 miles southwest of the capital, Buenos



   Hotel Eden, La Falda Argentina

La Falda grew up around the hotel, and eventually crowded it out with competition.
Eden was maintained through the mid-1960s, until it fell into disrepair and was abandoned.
The hotel seems to be still in use as a museum.

How did Hitler really die?
A new documentary claims the Nazi leader did not commit suicide in his bunker towards the end of WWII
Hannah Brown
The Jerusalem Post 
29 December 2012

Hitler�s last days were not spent in his Berlin Bunker, but in tranquil luxury in an Argentine hotel � at least, that�s the story that director/ producer Noam Shalev and researcher Pablo Weschler are trying to prove in their upcoming documentary, Revealed: Hitler in Argentina, set for release next year.

�We will never know the truth,� Shalev cautions, sitting in the offices of Highlight Films, the video production company he and Weschler run in Bnei Brak. �But there is enough evidence to build an alternative theory about what happened to Hitler.�

�No one believed the Russians� story of Hitler�s suicide in the bunker,� says Weschler. �As early as the summer of 1945, there were headlines asking, �Where is Hitler?� all over the world.�

One difficulty in confirming the basic facts of Hitler�s suicide with his wife, Eva Braun, in the final days of the Allies� approach to Berlin, was that the Russian troops did not give access to many forensic investigators. Shalev and Weschler believe that British intelligence officer and historian Hugh Trevor-Roper�s investigation was rushed and �unprofessional.�

But what inspired them to begin making their film about the evidence they believe leads to proof of Hitler�s secret flight to Argentina were recently declassified FBI documents.

�In those days, the FBI, not the CIA, was responsible for South America,� explains Weschler. �And in declassified documents, we see that the FBI took very seriously the possibility that Hitler fled to Argentina.�

The FBI set up a special unit to investigate this possibility.

Shalev and Weschler are convinced they have gathered significant evidence that pinpoints Hitler�s whereabouts during the years following World War II. Inspired by the book Hitler�s Escape by Italian journalist Patrick Burnside, they have done their own research as well.

�When Burnside published his book, in 1998, he got thousands of e-mails from people coming forward with information,� says Shalev. �Some of them were crazy, of course, but he had enough information to do more research and write another book.�

The manuscript of that book, which will be published next year, was a useful guide for Shalev and Weschler, and led them to a famous hotel.

The Eden Hotel in La Falda, Cordoba [in Argentina] was owned by Ida and Walter Eichhorn, who were close friends of Hitler,� explains Weschler. �Hitler sent them a Mercedes Benz as a gift. It was the first Benz in Argentina.�

The once-opulent hotel, now in ruins, was the site of lavish parties, and a host of notables, including Albert Einstein, stayed there in the Twenties and Thirties. The Eichhorns were very vocal in their support for the Nazi party, and made financial contributions.

They also broadcast speeches Hitler�s, whenever he spoke on the radio, throughout the hotel.

Citing a September 1945 letter from the FBI (one of the documents declassified in the Nineties), Weschler points to the lines that show that the FBI believed that if Hitler got into trouble, he could always find a safe haven with the Eichhorns if he could manage to get there. Weschler found former employees of the hotel who say they met and waited on Hitler after the war there.

�It was easy for them to recognize him, because his picture was all over the hotel,� says Weschler. He says that his research shows that Hitler moved on from the hotel to an isolated rural estate in Argentina, where he lived out his days with Braun and their two daughters, and that he died in the mid-Sixties.

Particularly persuasive evidence, according to Weschler, is DNA testing done in 2009 on Hitler�s skull fragments that were recovered from the bunker.

�They showed that they couldn�t have been Hitler�s skull because they were from a woman under 40,� says Weschler, a finding that was reported in the mainstream press.

�DNA doesn�t lie,� he says. �The more you look into it, the less credible the official version becomes, and the more plausible an alternative theory seems.�

The things presented here are just another interpretation of the facts, not accepting a simplistic hypothesis  spontaneously offered by some SS men. That make it just another hypothesis, that is true, but better supported and more logical than the one supinely accepted.

Silvano Santander, an Argentine and politician and representative explains in his research many of the things that happened in Argentina during war time, as he had been part of the Research Commission on Anti-Argentinean Nazi activities since 1939.

He had to exile himself to Uruguay, as his life was at risk if he stayed due to his declarations. He had published a book, not very popular, titled: Nazismo en Argentina (Nazism in Argentina) the conquest of the Army investigating the events during the period 1943/1945 that lead to the coup. He published in Montevideo another controversial book and unknown in July 1953, when Per�n was still in power: Technique of a treason. Juan Per�n and Eva Duarte Nazi Agents in Argentina, a very weird book that published pictures of Top Secret documents found in Berlin after its defeat and which compromised many people that had a lot of power in Argentina, besides attacking the sacred name of the diseased Evita and Per�n, President of Argentina that had promoted himself from colonel to lieutenant general from coup to coup.

After Per�n's defeat and escape in 1955 Santander was Ambassador in Spain and helped Sim�n Wiesenthal from 1958, when he created his document center. 

1997 was the year of the awakening, the Jewish bodies started to investigate money and other financial value movements that the Nazis had done before the falling of the Regime. Argentina turned out to be the main destination for gold and financial reserves, besides being, in modern terms, a money laundry. Santander had denounced this almost forty five years before.

The things achieved by the Nazis would have been impossible were it not for the military regime headed by Per�n. But he, being just a helmsman, passive task in itself, as the history proves, he needed a pilot, Eva Duarte, who acted under Wilhelm Canaris's order since 1941 and was very dear to him, and was  an Agent of the German SS. Nobody, until today, has made a complete reconstruction of the complex existing relationships and above all of the motivations for certain historical deeds and facts.

Santander's merit was to denounce a fact; his fault was not to provide an explanation

During WWII the Patagonian shores were strategically placed to reload U-Boote and German corsairs. During the last days and even more than two and a half months after the fall of the Third Reich they kept making mysterious disembarkments there, related with shipping of boxes and groups of people.

It is also very relevant that they were made one or two weeks after the surrender of the U-530 , July 10th, and three or four weeks prior to the U-977's surrender, August 17th 1945, both of which were very important to the United States of America.

It is obvious that the documented sightings refer to other U-Boote, and to more than one, taking into account the dates and the geographical points mentioned in each report.

In reference to this, some pages declassified in 1997 can be quoted.

A report dated July 18th 1945 retransmits the sighting of the torpedo boat Mendoza at the San Antonio Golf at 42� South Lat. On the same date, two hours later another reports that an unknown submarine had been attacked with underwater bombs.

Amazingly the Marine Ministry, after receiving these and other qualified reports, issued the order, on July 21st 1945, to stop the surveillance of the coast.

Some reports made a few days before these, could not be hidden, Around mid July 1945 some journalists had heard about them, and made them public to Argentina through radio Bah�a Blanca and retransmitted by Uruguay Radio, speaking about the proximity to the shores of mysterious U-Boote. The Navy Ministry itself complained, as evidenced by its documents, denouncing the fact as scandalous to the chief commander of the fleet with two similar reports, one dated July 23rd, it highlights its relevance, quoting the phrase at the end of said document.

The names of some sailors of the Graf Spree, like Alfred Scholz and Willy Brennecke appear in several of the tellings about these illegal disembarkments during war time and after the war had ended, their names appear even in Le Figaro on September 1, 1970 in reference to a disembarkment of a mysterious load on an Argentina beach at the end of July 1945.

Many journalists, researchers and writers testified having seen disembarkments from U-Boote, and the result was a very interesting book, virtually unknown, Operaci�n Patagonia. Hitler died in Argentina by Jeff Kristenssen published in 1987.

His main character is a sailor of the Graf Spee, an Under-officer, mechanic, that after being selected by his captain out of the detained, escapes and joins a small group commanded by a Dresden former officer, one of Canaris' companions, that heads a secret mission. After several missions, and supervising a disembarkment of a U-Boot on the Patagonic Coast at the end of July 1945, he goes to the Andes to a ranch in the north of the Patagonia where he stays for some years at a mysterious central, where he works for Hitler himself, a task that he continues doing until his F�hrer dies in solitude some years later at a remote place in Southern Patagonia.

The author confirmed that what he wrote was a personal experience pf the main character he knew himself in the mid 60's.

Caleta Olivia, a little town in Patagonia flourished rapidly after they found oil nearby. Around July of 1960 the Black Gold had been found at 42� South Lat., on that deserted coast there was not even a port, just a little deck on a bay surrounded by the few houses which constituted the town.

Juan Paulovsky lived there, many people knew him by that name and still remember him, and that same name appears on his grave situated over a hill near the old deck. In the cemetery's record book he is the only one that has no birth date or ID number. Out of the 26 mechanics that escaped during the detention era, Paulovsky is unidentified, and he himself confessed that his name was false.

Caleta de los Loros is one of the few places that has a small bay and from her house opposite the Bay, Miss Paisani, a witness that has lived there for many decades, saw a submarine floating.

The Patagonian shore, with its thousands of kilometers of length is mostly deserted and inaccessible, only every many miles there are settlements, mostly currently abandoned, like farms.

For decades the Patagonian villages did not progress with some exceptional cases, like San Antonio, that only in the last few years benefited from summer tourism. El Vasquito Hotel is in the historical downtown of San Antonio, and its owner, Mr. Rivera, witnesses at the end of July 1945 a lot of movement and voices in town.
Two expeditions financed by Ramos, an Argentine editor, detected on February 1998 with a proton magnetometer magnetic prints that through graphics show an object of great size and mass. A video of the elements was also taken the shape and size would correspond to the tying bits of a U-Boot type XXI. The magnetic study shows a shape and size of iron masses buried in sand at the so called Z1 point, about half a mile from the coast, at 41� 03'125'' and 64� 03'203''.

A breach on the shore line can be noticed, where the Patagonian winds push the sand of the dunes that surround Caleta de Los Loros. In half a century the U-Boot was completely buried, lying entirely fragmented probably due to the explosion within itself that sunk it. Throughout 40 years many witnesses repeatedly saw the remains and how they where being increasingly covered by sand. A picture was taken from a small airplane in October 1991 that showed the remains on the verge of disappearing, by its shape and size it would be a type XXI, the computer assisted images taken by the search expedition of 1998 indicate the same.

Another place, Two Bay Cape, near the town of Camarones, has not yet been subject of a serious search, around 600 km. south of Caleta Los Loros. There are many reasons and testimonies, the former mechanic of the Graf Spree's among them, that lead to believe that at the end of July 1945 there would have been a disembarkment nearby.

The Estancia La Peninsula is located there, near a road that crossed the property alongshore, half a century before, leadeding to a Bay, at the time unnamed -Guanaco Bay-  a small Bay protected by Punta Guanaco.

Nowadays, that place is referred to in the maps as Huevo Bay and it is one of the few anchoring places that give protection against the fury of the 45 squalls, the strong storms of that latitude. Some facts and testimonies indicate that the access channel protected by the San Antonio Peninsula and Valdes Island would be the tomb of another U-Boot.

In the beaches of Isla los Leones dragged by the fury of the sea there still are many German 200lt. tambours from the war time, which according to some people in Camarones, were part of a great quantity of barrels stored in San Gregorio Bay, which belonged to the Estancia La Pen�nsula, and that pushed by storms there are remains scattered on the whole area. Those same witnesses say that the Bay was used to reload U-Bootes during WWII, on the Bays nowadays occupied by penguins they anchored D�nitz's Grey Wolves, as it is shown on a picture of that time, a U-Boot type IX reloading from a ship full of barrels just like the ones found on the Los Leones Island. The place would be one of the two bays of Two Bay Cape. Said submarine and picture are prior to 1943, time on which they added rear railings to the towers of the type IX and that remained like that until the conclusion of the conflict, which the submarine on the picture does not have.

At the end of 1945 some testimonies indicated that two cars, from isolated shores, crossed the Patagonia through its deserted roads and isolated scenarios. They were heading to an Estancia, Estancia San Ram�n, located at the foothill of the Andes. In 1945 the only road which accessed Bariloche crossed through it, it also had a railway station that went to town; the only landing strip in the area was in the Estancia and there was a bus that took the first visitors that could access through this means the newly instituted National Park with its natural beauties. A forested valley hid the Estancia's constructions, the only green spot amidst the steppe. The Estancia's limit was at Nahuel Huapi's Lake just a few miles away from Bariloche.

Bariloche was also perfect for his purpose as in 1945 it was perfectly and totally isolated, nowadays the town is very different to the modest villa of those years, but there still are some architectonic feats from that time. The great Lake Nahuel Huapi has an unmatchable view, its crystal clear water coexist with the snowy peaks, its skiing tracks current paradise of south American skiers.

During the southern winter of 1945 Hitler disembarked on the beach at Estancia San Ram�n , near the Cerro Leones, and he crossed Nahuel Huapi Lake in its totality up to its farthest and most solitary spot, in the Ultima Esperanza branch, hidden by two little islands.

Inalco Mansion is located in what was Lot Number 8 of the Nahuel Huapi settlement planned at the beginning of the 20th century, around the homonymous Lake, one of the further ones, almost inaccessible until the cordilleran road that crosses the Andes leading to Chile was built in the 60's, until then Lot Number 8 remained separated by the Correntoso river, nowadays crossed by a modern bridge, having to travel 3,5 km by the newly paved road that leads to Chile. The few buildings that during the 40's made Villa la Angostura where six km and a half away from the bridge.

Lot Number 8 was one of the many that were colonized with great efforts, by cutting down thousands of square miles of very dense Andean forest.

The architecture of Inalco is a typical example of Bustillo's style, as is his house in Cumel�n, the Chapel in Villa La Angostura or the Llao Llao Hotel, the materials used and the architectural design of the roofs and chimneys are a reflection of Inalco Mansion.

In 1943, the period in which Inalco was constructed, architect Bustillo built what is known as his studio, it is the copy of a Saracen Tower, at Pen�nsula San Pedro. He place he chose was almost unreachable at that time, and even today its access is not simple, it can only be seen from the Lake or a plane. Only from this point can the whole Nahuel Huapi lake and a radius of 100 km be controlled, its central position allows to see the Lake routes and their destinies to Inalco, which is at the Cordilleran extreme, or to Bariloche, at the extreme of the Patagonian steppe.

Bustillo's tower is about 5 km from Llao Llao Hotel and it is a perfect sentinel that, in case of alarm, can give notice to Inalco several hours before through a simple military radio, independent to a prior control of the accesses to Bariloche from San Ram�n from 1945 to 1955.

During the years 1943 and 1945 Bariloche was a small village at the Adnes foothill, the German School was the only private institution in town isolated in the middle of Patagonia. During those years a base was built ten km away from downtown with no apparent good reason but for an accessory and complement to Inalco, Bustillo's tower and San Ram�n. The base had one fourth of the population and its uniformed German soldiers walking on the main street and the Civic Center deepened the resemblance to an Alpine Village.

The Per�n couple, Juan Domingo and Eva, after getting married on December 10th 1945, made a fast change.  Evita does not yet fit as first lady, when at the end of February 1946 her new husband becomes President, but a few months after she fits perfectly, almost like a princess, as News Week called her on May 1946 as "the woman behind the throne".

One year after, the by then monsignor Roncalli and afterward Pope John XXIII, compared her to the empress Eugenia because of her looks, loaded with jewels, when she visited Europe, where she met several people of the far right and Nazi fascists like General Franco, she also toured around tourist centers like Portofino and Montecarlo acting like a Diva. The most signifying of that year and a half is the continuous change in her appearance and hair, almost looking for a defined look, which she found some years later, 1949, looking like the Evita we all know.

Eva Duarte and her European tour of 1947 were subject, fifty years later in Geneva, of investigations referring to the movement of capitals and Simon Wiesenthal himself spoke to the congress that had gathered experts on the subject of Nazi Gold and its laundering in South America. In reference to this, Wiesenthal pointed at Argentina and at the submarines that before and after the conclusion of the conflict took loads to its shores, without explaining their purposes.

25 years before Enrique Pav�n Pereyra in his book Per�n el hombre del destino (Per�n the man of destiny), had published a map with the arrival of the U-Boote to Argentina during 1943 up to 1945. What Wiesenthal did not point out were the four engine planes Condor of the I/KG 200 which periodically crossed the Atlantic carrying mysterious loads as Santander's documents denounce, and that among the pilots that arrived in Argentina were Hanna Reitsch and Ulrich Rudel.

In 1950/51 Evita drew all the attention, almost replacing Per�n himself, her speeches and public appearances shall remain in the people's memory, despite the fact that she was stopped by her disease and death in1952. Did she die because of the cancer or because of excessive radiation exposure? She vanished at the most appropriate time for Per�n and the high military office which could not stand her importance anymore; she would never read her pseudo-autobiographic book, The reason of my life.

In the early 50's there already were many characters that were classified as war criminals, among them Dr. Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death of the Auschwitz concentration Camp, who was found in Bariloche in 1949, and Adolf Eichmann, the inventor of the final solution for the Jewish problem as they euphemistically called it among themselves, seen in 1950. From there he was hunted down by Iser Harel, Chief of the Israeli Services, who followed him for ten years before he could capture him, in the same year that Mengele, as Wiesenthal says, was still in Bariloche.

The presence of Nazis in Argentina should be no surprise, when 30 years after, in 1991, in the classified section there appeared mementos of Josef G�bbels and Rudolf Hess's birthdays, in the biggest Argentinean Newspaper, La Naci�n.

A lot has been said about Martin Bormann and his hypothetical survival and presence in Argentina, despite the fact that in 1972 a skeleton was found in Berlin and attributed to him, only in 1977, after a dental expert study, was it identified as Hitler's Shadow. Bormann's myth would not go down that easy; a lot of investigators needed him alive in the 1945/1960 period. The experts could not explain the postwar financial and political maneuvers.

IN Argentina and in several border countries several false Bormanns appeared even with documents attributed to him, like his supposed passport that showed up in Chile in June 1966.

Only on May 4th 1998, through the modern techniques of DNA, was the doubt cleared: Martin Bormann had died on May 2, 1945.

Would Hitler be happy living at the foothill of the Andes at Inalco or other precordilleran residences?

Judging from his way of living and his physical demands the answer is  undoubtedly yes.

The way he lived before and during the war could easily be continued in the Patagonia. Spending hours watching the snowed peaks, resting on comfortable coaches as a couple, and reading, his passion, wearing his glasses, which he never did in public.

His desire for the mountain is showed in the house that he considered his home, the Berghof. By then the Haus Wachenfeld rented in 1927, during the next five years became his residence. In 1933 he bought the place, changed the name and added a terrace and garage. He was happy with this typical house from the Bavarian Alps just two years, then it was no longer representative enough of Germany's master, it was too ordinary: it had small aisles, a small study and a modest room for his beloved.

He directed the restructuring, he always wanted to be an architect, and started building around the old house, adding and improvising: the result is a palace that has nothing to do with the surroundings, the architecture is more like a hotel, the transatlantic style adopted showed in the outside with huge windows and sync roof - On the inside, the downstairs floor has a room with the dimension of a cinema and several dining rooms. He constructed other complementary buildings around it, the tea house and the refuge on the summit of the Kehlstein, that after the occupying of the Obersalzberg was visited by General Eisenhower.

When Hitler discovered the Obersalzberg, after the Putsch failure of 1923, he went to live near the Moritz Pension, he was fascinated, his house to be was in the opposite nearby forest. That Pension was also enlarged becoming Platterhof Hotel, where the German visitors stayed and important meetings were held.

The reason Hitler decided to go live at the Obersalzberg in the foothills of the Alps is more a matter a health than personal liking, He needed a special micro-climate, and special houses, cool and with shadows.

As Karl D�nitz said in 1943 the submariners were proud of having created an Eden for Hitler, an unassailable place at a remote place. If this was true in 1945 it was no longer five years later, Bariloche was no longer the end of the world, it had started to grow, there was a lot of immigration and it definitely was getting to be a vacation city, both during summer and winter, and many Germans with doubtful records had already settled there.

As the former sailor of the Graf Spee, Paulovsky, said, during the first years everything went perfect, but it did not continue like that and they had to go further south.

There are many testimonies of Hitler's presence in Patagonia, from his appearing at the base of Cerro Tronador, 3,554 mts. high (the highest in the Patagonia), he was seen in Cholila in 1948 and the event published in Ahora magazine on February of the same year. Cholila is also famous for being the site where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid constructed a house, and in 1901 they also sought shelter in Patagonia escaping from the United States where they were wanted for bank and train robbery.

The first record of Hitler's presence in Argentina goes back to the end of July of 1945, when a Polish woman, Brunislava Kitajgradsky, saw him coming from the coast and heading towards the Andes in the middle of the province of Chubut, the place was Alto las Plumas, by then head train station, where a train from the coast arrived. Besides the train station there were some houses and grocery store and a car convoy stopped there to load gas.

Another believable testimony is Mar�a Mafalda Falc�n's, professional nurse in Comodoro Rivadavia. She said she saw Hitler at a patient's bed, there is no possibility of mistake, she herself ten years before had had the doubtful privilege of having the same experience at a Red Cross hospital where she then worked; she was only a few feet away from the same man, only on the second time he was not wearing the typical mustache, he had grey and very short hair, and only the prior experience allowed her to immediately recognize him from the voice, the words uttered and the posture.

Only some one that had had the chance to look at him from up close and understood German and had lived during that time could have recognized him, That was Mrs. Falc�n's case.

On May 1997 another old man, Hern�n Anc�n, decided to speak about his encounter with Hitler. In 1953 he came across Hitler several times when he worked as a carpenter at the building being constructed in Mar del Plata, his boss was Ante Pavelic, the Croatian Neo Fascist rebel, that had arrived to Argentina with many of his followers Ustachas thanks to Evita and Per�n, many of them sported a tattoo that read "freedom or death".

Mr. Hern�n, like Mrs. Brunislava and Maria Mafalda, also described Hitler as old man, with short , grey hair and mustaches, and besides accompanied by a woman at least 25 years younger than him, chubby and with light hair.

Another story is Felisa Alsina's, in 1957 she worked as a maid at the house of a German, Albrecht Boehme, who in Cervantes, a town in the Valley of R�o Negro, owned a fruit field. On that date there was a German reunion, and Hitler and his wife attended. Everyone was very excited and with tears and cheering there was a reception, the host's fluttering for something that the house owner had done at the end of the war.

That man was described as old, almost bald and no mustaches and his companion was a chubby woman with light hair.

One of the last important Nazis o still lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1999. Wilfred von Owen, when asked about Gerald Postner's hypothesis -a five submarine convoy that had taken Hitler to Argentina - G�bbels' old press secretary innocently answered: �No, they were three�.

Like Chesterton once wrote:

Nothing is like it looks and the greatest utopia is not to go beyond the certainty displayed by the visible reality of things.

The brotherhood of the trio Kempka, Linge and G�nsche and their pathetically simplistic story, are honestly worth less, or equal, than the factual memories of Mar�a Falc�n, Brnislava Kitajgrodski, Felisa Alsina and Hern�n Anc�n. The first three, SS friends for a decade and in Hitler's service, said that they had seen him dead in Berlin, the other four, humble people, saw him alive in Argentine from 1947 to 1957, and they describe him, without knowing each other, as wearing very short, white hair and no mustaches.

The FBI declassified a secret file referring to Hitler in June 1998.

Out of the 745 top secret pages only 12 turn out to be very interesting and very few people would be able to use them productively.

All the reports are addressed to the Director of the FBI, John Edgar Hoover, the first in chronological order, dated August 14th 1945 is rubricated as Number 374 and 375; that memorandum makes reference to a detailed information in relation to Hitler's disembarkment from two submarines in a lonely Patagonian beach near San Antonio, and that a long journey to the Andes followed. The group that went with him sheltered in a ranch where they would meet on that date. From 1944 high-ranked Argentine officials were already involved. According to this information Hitler had shaved himself and that he (the witness) was willing to lead a group to capture Hitler.

It has to be said that this memorandum is censured like the other declassified, some even entirely, but nevertheless it is very clear, like another dated five weeks afterwards, September 21, 1945, its pages bearing numbers 2, 3, 4. It is an amplification of the prior one of August 14th.

The most interesting detail added is that should a raid of commandos be organized they would have to contact a man who would wait for them at a San Antonio Hotel and that their final destination would be a place that is strongly protected and that the group would have to risk their lives by going there.

If both these documents are interesting, there are two more that are no less, one dates August 21, 1945 and bearing number 369; another source independent from the others says that at a ranch at the foothill of the Andes Hitler lives there with some followers.

our days afterwards the director of the FBI gets another memo dated August 25th bearing numbers 520 and 521; this document says that there were many reports saying that Hitler and his Allies were hiding in Argentina and they think that these war criminals are being hunted down but that they will never be captured.

Another amazing document, written by General Ladd, resident chief of the OSS in Argentina, dated almost a year before, September 4, 1944, was directed to the director of the FBI, its page number is 745; it is very interesting from the beginning, it already hypothezised that Hitler may seek shelter in Argentina after the German break down. It mentions some plans made to abandon Germany after a flight of 7,373 miles, possible for a Ju390 or as a privileged passenger on board of a secure submarine.


It is not believable that this high official of the Secret Service was a fortuneteller; it is evident that he had detailed information and which he reported to the highest levels, up to the extent that there is another copy of this with number 456.

These five first documents are dispersed along the whole file, from the first page to the last, without respecting dates or fact associations and the only possible explanation is that it was so made to hide their possible relation among them.

The most interesting fact is that on the declassified documents there is no reference to any investigation regarding the denouncers of those documents. Not being possible that they had not existed, thus they have not been declassified.

Some other little facts can be drawn from the 745 declassified pages, one of them is a clipping of the Washington Daily News of December 18, 1957, page number 279; a pilot said that he had taken Hitler and Eva to Denmark, information that is repeated in a publishing of Zigzag magazine in Chile on January 16, 1948. The most interesting part of this information is that two days after the publication an indirect witness says in the Diario Ilustrado de Santiago that he had seen Hitler one hour after his official death in front of a Jet plane, arguing effusively with a high ranked group and not in the least suicidal.

The last of the FBI documents that relate is dated September 17,1945; another fact follows, dated November 13th, which hypothesizes as a possible hide out place the mountains near C�rdoba, where a German family, the Eichhorns, could offer him shelter, this surname relates, not as much to a refuge but to the reunions celebrated with them afterwards.

This documents regarding the war period and even prior to the conflict are not the only ones chronologically, there is one dated February 17th 1955, page number 245, in which the CIA itself, directed by Allen Welsh Dulles, asks the bureau information related to a witness that had seen Adolf Hitler in Buenos Aires five years ago, this documented reported almost 10 years after Berlin's fall still investigated Hitler's location in Argentina.

If the United States had information it was logical for others to do too. The chief of the BFV, Otto John, had investigated back in 1953 the Nazis that operated in Argentina and had made public Hitler presence there, being subordinated to the BND, also his boss, Reinhard Gehlen had to know too, and if Germany's federal SS found something out it would be possible that the East Germany Services would do too, the chief of the MFS. Wilhelm Zaisser, had already received similar information from the KGB.

In brief, the most important Intelligence Services knew about Hitler's presence in a specific area of the Patagonia. This would have been an important fact to know during the first decade of the cold war. Hitler could have been used for a Soviet Invasion and both sides would have been interested in this work hypothesis.

In August 1998 more facts came to light; some more witnesses appeared in Rio Negro valley and Eugenia Schaffer testified that Hitler lived and died in the Patagonia, that B�hme, Rudel and Mengele were there and that it is a good thing to know that Hitler did not kill himself in Berlin.

General Walther von Seydliz, captured in Stalingrad together with von Paulus, in a letter, dated June 20, 1956, one year after his release by the Soviets wrote a letter in which he calls for a meeting in Cordoba with our beloved and remembered Comrade Hitler and he makes reference to what he heard from other comrades about the astonishing beauty of the F�hrer's Patagonia. This needs no comment and the document is complete with its envelope, dated and signed by Seydliz himself, as every other page on the letter.

This reunion in Cordoba is mentioned in another letter from B�hme to General Heinrich Ashenbrener, dated November 17th 1956. 

The last confirmation dates back to the end of 1998, when a Norwegian expedition of the NTNU ran a lateral lecture sonar in the dunes in the Area of Calete de los Loros.

Going over the same route as the other expeditions they got the same results, magnetic anomalies, and after analyzing their work, they found some suspicious digitized images; two parallel figures that protruded from the bottom caught their attention, by their shape and size they turned out to be the same measures of the inner cask of a U-Boote XXI not completely covered by sand, these images were made around 800 m deeper into the sea from the prior point of study of the other expeditions, where another U-Boot would be completely covered by sand.

This indirect evidence would confirm the memorandum of the FBI of August and September 1945, two U-Boots disembarked Hitler on an isolated beach near San Antonio.

On March 31, 1998, Antonio Rivera asked publicly of the German Government the rights on the sunken remains of Caleta de los Loros, and it is worth highlighting that his father, antifascist, owned the only hotel of San Antonio back in 1945, basic elements of which the afore mentioned documents refer to in order to find and capture Hitler�..

Hitler didn't kill himself in Berlin, but died an old man in South America