At a press conference on June 9, 1945, Marshal Zhukov, head of the Soviet army and among the first on the Berlin scene, said they had not identified the body of Hitler, and that perhaps he had escaped. Stalin agreed.
Even Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in Western Europe, told a Dutch newspaper on Oct. 7, 1945 that there was “reason to believe” Hitler was still alive.
The standard history books tell us Hitler and his longtime companion, Eva Braun, committed suicide between 2 and 3 p.m. on the afternoon of April 30, 1945. She is believed to have died by swallowing cyanide, and he by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Their bodies were brought up from the bunker beneath Berlin, where Hitler and Braun had been living since January 1945, doused with 200 liters of gasoline and burned beyond recognition. No one saw their faces.
How is that possible? How could the world’s most wanted person have evaded discovery? Because the European world was in complete chaos. Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele, almost as recognizable as Hitler and nearly as wanted by the Allies, escaped undetected to Argentina. So did thousands of other National Socialists.
Maybe the story of Hitler’s death needs to be rewritten, as captured in the book, “Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler.” In that history, Hitler and Braun escaped to live a fine life in South America. Hitler shaved his mustache, underwent a little plastic surgery and lived until Feb. 13, 1962, when he died peacefully at age 72.
How could that have happened? Grey Wolf explains:
On Saturday, April 28, 1945 — the day Benito Mussolini was captured and executed by Italian partisans — Hitler and Braun, led by Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller, left the bunker via a hidden tunnel for the Hohenzollerndamm, a broad boulevard running through central Berlin, improvised as a runway. Hitler’s plane, Aunt Judy—Tante Ju—a Junkers-52, waited for him, piloted by Capt. Peter Baumgart of the Luftwaffe.
As Hitler and Braun fled, their lookalikes, employed as stand-ins for parades and other events Hitler didn’t want to attend, were escorted into the bunker. The lookalikes got ‘married’ the following day, Sunday the 29th. Müller drugged the pair on Monday, April 30, and dressed them in Hitler’s and Braun’s clothes, forced a cyanide pill down the woman’s throat and shot the man in the head at close range to look self-inflicted. The bodies, faces covered, were carried into the garden for immediate burning. No one suspected a thing.
Hitler and Braun flew to Spain, where General Franco provided them with a new plane to the Canary Islands. A submarine waited, courtesy of Admiral Karl Dönitz, U-boat mastermind and commander-in-chief of the German Navy. He promised “an impregnable fortress for the Führer in paradise.” After 10,000-kilometers that took two months, they landed at Necochea, a port city on the Argentine coast, 500 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires.
Initially, Hitler lived in Patagonia to lay the foundation for the Fourth Reich, the bedrock of the Thousand-Year Reich. As I detailed in my historical novel, “Not Just a Game,” and my memoir, “Damn the Naysayers,” Hitler stayed many years in his home, Estancia Inalco, in Ville la Angostura, Argentina, a town a few kilometers from Bariloche, Argentina, a known hotbed for postwar Nazis.
Historians will argue Hitler’s postwar outcome forever. One expert, Abel Basti, a retired Argentinian newspaper reporter with whom I spent the day touring Bariloche, has written multiple books detailing Hitler’s life in South America. Basti offered proof of Hitler’s postwar existence and recounted many stories about Hitler’s encounters with the local population.
Whether or not readers believe Hitler survived World War II, an inescapable truth is that National Socialism has, with or without its founder.