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Hitler did not commit suicide in 1945, fled with US help: historian

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Published Jul 13, 2016, 6:55 pm IST
Updated Jul 13, 2016, 6:55 pm IST
A historian named Abel Basti claims that the US helped Hitler flee to South America to escape the Russians.
Hitler spent a decade in Argentina before moving to Paraguay, claims Basti. The former Fuhrer died there on February 3, 1971. (Photo: AFP)
 Hitler spent a decade in Argentina before moving to Paraguay, claims Basti. The former Fuhrer died there on February 3, 1971. (Photo: AFP)

London: Did one of the world’s most terrible dictators, Adolf Hitler, really commit suicide in 1945?

According to the official version of events, Hitler and his wife Eva Braun committed suicide in their underground bunker on April 30, 1945. Hitler died of a gunshot to the head, while Braun consumed a cyanide pill.

 

Their bodies were then taken outside and burned by staff, before being deposited in a shallow grave.

But according to a report in Huffington Post UK, one Abel Basti of the Instituto Florencio Varela in Argentina, claims that the United States helped Hitler escape to South America so that he would not fall into the hands of the Soviet Union.

Basti, who has written extensively on the dictator, told Sputnik News: “There was an agreement with the US that Hitler would run away and that he shouldn’t fall into the hands of the Soviet Union. This also applies to many scientists, the military and spies who later took part in the struggle against the Soviet regime.”

The historian believes Hitler exited the bunker beneath the Chancellery in Berlin via a tunnel, which took him to Tempelhof Airport, from where a helicopter took him to Spain. From Spain, he traveled to the Canary Islands and then to Argentina in a U-boat.

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Hitler spent a decade in Argentina before moving to Paraguay, claims Basti. The former Fuhrer died there on February 3, 1971.

Basti further claims that Hitler was buried in an underground bunker, which is now an elegant hotel in the city of Asuncion. About 40 people attended the burial, and in 1973 the bunker.

Basti’s theory of Hitler’s escape and route to freedom has been backed by veteran CIA agent Bob Baer.

Baer and his team appeared on History Channel in January, and analysed 700 pages of declassified information, with one stating: “American Army officials in Germany have not located Hitler’s body nor is there any reliable source that Hitler is dead.”

In 2009, American researchers claimed that DNA tests on a fragment of Hitler’s supposed skull showed that it actually belonged to a woman.
The skull with a hole in it was supposedly taken away by the Russians and went on display in Moscow in 2000, where it was considered irrefutable proof of Hitler’s suicide.

Archaeologists this year stumbled upon a ‘secret jungle lair’ in Argentina, which they believe had been built by Nazis to help their leaders escape Germany if the need arose.

But this was unnecessary as then-Argentine president Juan Peron welcomed thousands of Nazis and Italian fascists to the country with open arms.

Joseph Mengele, a doctor who conducted barbaric experiments at the Auschwitz concentration camp and Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann lived in Argentina after the Second World War. Eichmann was kidnapped by Israeli agents in 1960, taken to Israel and executed.

In 2000, Argentina issued a formal apology for its history of harbouring Nazi war criminals, but there was no mention of Hitler.

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