Hitler’s Great Escape: Conspiracy Crackpot Theory or Complex Cover Up?

Hitler’s Great Escape: Conspiracy Crackpot Theory or Complex Cover Up?

Patrick Lynch - February 15, 2017

The thing about conspiracy theories is that there is credence to some of these apparently tall tales. However, there are usually so many ridiculous stories that few people feel compelled to listen on occasions when the truth is told. Throughout history, there have been a few conspiracy theories worth a second look, but they are lost amidst a sea of nonsense.

In this article, I look at the suggestion that Adolf Hitler didn’t die in his Berlin bunker, but instead escaped the clutches of the Russians. At first glance, this story clearly falls into the ‘tin foil hat’ category but let’s take a closer look at the evidence.

Did Hitler Flee to Brazil?

A book titled ‘Hitler in Brazil – His Life and Death’ claims the Nazi leader moved to the small town of Mato Grosso in Brazil where he lived under the name Adolf Leipzig. According to the author, Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias, Hitler chose that surname because it is the birthplace of his favorite composer, Bach.

Simoni spent two years in a small Bolivian town investigating her wild theory. She claims that an old Polish nun recognized the monster when he was due to have an operation in a Brazilian hospital and asked him to leave. However, a superior told the sister that the man was there on Vatican orders.

Her primary source of evidence is a grainy photo where you can’t see the man’s face clearly. Simoni photo shopped a mustache onto the man’s face and said it looks like Hitler. Ironically, the man in the picture has a black girlfriend named Cuninga. The writer says he used the woman to cover up his vile views.

Hitler’s Great Escape: Conspiracy Crackpot Theory or Complex Cover Up?
Laughable ‘evidence’ of Hitler in Brazil. Graded Talon

Hitler in Argentina & Paraguay

Another theory suggests Hitler escaped to Tempelhof Airport where a helicopter brought him to Spain. After a brief stop in the Canary Islands, he was brought to Argentina by U-Boat. Oddly enough, Martin Bormann also allegedly escaped via U-Boat. After spending a decade in Argentina, Hitler moved to Paraguay, where he remained until his death in 1971.

Oh, you want evidence? According to Abel Basti, who wrote ‘Hitler in Exile,’ the U.S. allowed the Nazi leader to leave and agreed that he shouldn’t fall into the hands of the Russians. It is true that a large number of Nazis escaped to South America, with Argentina a favored destination. Operation Paperclip is an example of how the United States used Nazis to gain an advantage against the Soviets in the Space Race and the Cold War. The Americans also used Klaus Barbie as an operative along with other Nazi officers, but it’s hard to believe they would even consider allowing Hitler to survive even if he somehow escaped Berlin.

Basti asserts that Hitler’s funeral was attended by numerous wealthy families and he was buried in an underground bunker. It was sealed two years later, and there is now an elegant hotel in Asuncion built on top of his resting place. Basti also claims that Eva Braun lived well into her 90s and settled in Buenos Aires. So far there is little concrete evidence, but conspiracy theorists point to the fact that Hitler’s lower jaw fragment has never been released for forensic examination. They also outline how he could have escaped.

Hitler’s Great Escape: Conspiracy Crackpot Theory or Complex Cover Up?
Hitler and Eva Braun. Wikipedia

The Fifth Exit

According to Tim Kennedy, a former U.S. Special Forces Agent, and Bob Baer, an ex-CIA operative, there could be some truth in the tale of Hitler’s escape. They sifted through 14,000 declassified documents and found an account from British Intelligence which says that Hitler was flown out of Berlin the day before he supposedly committed suicide. The documents reveal evidence of a previously undiscovered fifth exit from the bunker which was big enough for a runway.

Another theory suggests the corpses of Hitler and Braun were murdered body doubles. The bodies were quickly burned, and author Gerald Williams says we are still being lied to about the death of the dictator. The official report is based on third-party accounts and acknowledges that the deaths of the duo were confirmed as conclusively as possible without the actual bodies. Williams co-wrote a book called ‘Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler’ with Simon Dunstan. The text also suggests that Hitler fled to South America. Modern historians such as Guy Walters dismissed the book as complete nonsense, and most serious academics and researchers believe the Nazi leader died in Berlin.

Hitler’s Great Escape: Conspiracy Crackpot Theory or Complex Cover Up?

The Skull Fragment

The official story says that Hitler committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, and Eva Braun swallowed a cyanide pill on April 30, 1945. The bodies were burned and buried in a nearby shallow grave. A piece of lower jaw bone is the only official remains of Hitler, and is supposedly kept in the Kremlin.

A forensics team from Russia dug up what appeared to be the remains of Hitler in May 1945. A piece of the skull was missing as a result of a gunshot to the head. The piece of the jaw that remained matched his dental records and there was only one testicle. The remains were apparently secreted to Magdeburg in East Germany and stayed there until 1970 when the KGB dug up the corpse, cremated it, and tossed the ashes in a river.

In 2009, an archaeologist at the University of Connecticut tested the skull fragment and concluded that it belonged to a woman under the age of 40; this could mean the skull belongs to Eva Braun, who was 33 when she died. Hugo Blaschke was Hitler’s dentist and confirmed the dental remains belonged to Hitler and Braun. Conspiracy theorists are still not satisfied. Bob Baer wants the Russians to release the jaw fragment for testing to solve the mystery. To date, this request hasn’t been granted and probably never will be.

As much as some people want to believe that Hitler escaped the bunker and made a new life in South America, there is no real, hard evidence. Practically all of these claims are backed up by nothing more than hearsay and second, third, or even fourth-hand accounts. Fortunately, in this case, it seems certain that Hitler did meet his end in Berlin on April 30, 1945.