According to official records Adolf Hitler killed himself by gunshot on 30 April 1945 in his bunker in Berlin and his wife Eva Braun also committed suicide with him by taking cyanide. But a growing number believe this version of events to be untrue, subscribing instead to the theory that Hitler was among thousands of Nazis to seek refuge in South America.
Historian Abel Basti made a sensational claim about Adolf Hitler’s post World War II life to Chris Tarrant, on the new episode of his Channel 5 series Extreme Railways. While travelling across a thousand-mile stretch to Patagonia, the TV presenter was baffled when a local history professor said they were travelling in the same carriage that Hitler escaped the war in, back in 1945.
Abel 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.” He claims was smuggled by a wealthy German landowner into a submarine and stayed in Argentina for 15 years.
As for Eva Braun, Basti said that she lived longer than Hitler and returned to the city of Bariloche in Argentina. Later she went to Buenos Aires, but after she turned 90, Basti lost track of her.
“He shaved off his hair and was whisked away by a German landowner, who owned huge parts of Argentina, for 15 years and died at 75. It was so detailed.
“He said: ‘I’ve interviewed the man who drives him, his chambermaid. So many Germans and Nazis like Adolf Eichmann came here, why wouldn’t the most successful of them all get to Argentina?’”
Joseph Mengele, a doctor who conducted barbaric experiments at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Hitler’s private secretary Martin Bormann and Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, were known to have fled there. Eichmann was kidnapped by Israeli agents in 1960, taken to Israel where he was tried and executed.
More details of this version of events can be found in Abel Basti’s book “Hitler in Exile” (“El exilio de Hitler”), a new edition of which was recently published in Argentina.