”The suicide in the bunker in Berlin and with the Russians at the door, was a farce staged by the Nazis”.
This is the contention of the Argentinen historian Abel Basti, in his book "Hitler's Exile".
Basti says he started working on this issue when the case of SS captain Erich Priebke, who was arrested while he was interviewing him at home, broke out.
The Nazi remained under arrest at his home for months and was finally extradited to Italy.
In 'The exile of Hitler' Basti claims that the German dictator did not die along with Eva Braun in the bunker in Berlin, but that the Fuehrer fled to Argentina stopping in Barcelona, where he remained hidden, and in Vigo, where he boarded the submarine that took him to Patagonia.
Basti provides a secret document where Hitler supposedly appears as one of the passengers who were evacuated on an Austrian plane to Barcelona on April 26, 1945. He claims that Hitler’s suicide, with his lover, Eva Braun, on April 30th, 1945 in a bunker in the building of the Chancellery in Berlin was "a farce staged by the Nazis."
"The big secret of the dictator’s flight was the arrival of a double at Hitler´s bunker on April 22, 1945, when the real dictator flew to the Austrian airport of Hörsching together with eight other people, including Eva Braun "
This version coincides with that given to the CIA by Heinrich Müller, head of the Gestapo. Basti insists that his work also includes a paper from the British Secret Services revealing that a Nazi submarine convoy departed days later from Spain, and after a stopover in the Canary Islands, continued its journey to the south of Argentina.
"In one of these submarines Adolf Hitler travelled with Eva Braun, under the protection of the de-facto president of Argentina, Edelmiro Farrell, and his Minister of War, Juan Domingo Peron."
- Are there any witnesses who saw those Nazis in Spain?, Asks Antonio Astorga on ABC.
And Basti replies:
"Yes, an officer of the Blue Division reported his presence, but many, because of fear, did not want their names to appear. A material witness is a Jesuit nonagenarian, who retreated to a monastery, and has ample information of their presence in Spain.
"You show a German secret document where Hitler appears as one of the passengers evacuated by plane from Austria to Barcelona on the 26th or on the early hours of April 27th, 1945.
"It was a secret official communication with copies to the pilot Werner Baumbach, who emigrated to Argentina and brought his copy. Baumbach, together with others known Nazi pilots, worked for Peron’s aeronautical project.
- What did Hitler do to avoid being recognized?
"Hitler cut his hair and shaved off his moustache. This was enough to go unnoticed, as well, of course, that he did not move overtly in public. The removal of his moustache exposed a scar on his upper lip, which was not known by the common people.
- Is then the version that the dictator together with his mistress Eva Braun, had committed suicide on April 30th 1945 in a bunker in Berlin, false?
"There was never any evidence of that death. No criminological proofs showing suicide. The German government gave Hitler up for dead eleven years later, in 1956, by presumption of death. That is, legally for Germany, Hitler was alive after 1945. Not only alive, but also was not a man convicted by law, there was no warrant, no judicial process against him. While Hitler was in Spain, a great farce was played in the bunker, whose lead actor was one of Hitler's doubles. During the last hours, his lookalike was drugged and prepared to represent the final act.
- Do you think that suicide was a "safeconduct", a mere excuse, so that Hitler could get away?
Hitler´s escape was provisioned in a large plan of escape by the Nazis: of men, capital and technology. That plan, in 1945, received the green light from the Americans, through a secret military pact. The thousands of Nazis that leaked into the West, of which about 300,000 came to the U.S., were "recycled" to fight communism. Hitler became a living dinosaur, protected and sheltered.
- In "Hitler's Exile,” you include the document of the British secret services revealing that Hitler fled to Argentina on a submarine, stopping to refuel in the Canary Islands.
"And you say that before the convoy of submarines left Spain, the U.S. Navy removed all units sailing the South Atlantic. You also indicate that Nazi submarines “exchanged messages" with the American fleet. The messages were intercepted by the English.
- How did the nazi worm crawl into Argentina?
"Hitler was 56 years old when he came to Argentina, where he lived as a fugitive, with a false identity and trying to pass as unnoticed as possible. In the early years he lived in a ranch near Bariloche, then in other parts of the country, and he changed residence in more than one occasion. Always accompanied by two bodyguards, sometimes three. His political activity was limited to a few meetings with old comrades and some Argentinian military. Hitler died in Argentina in the sixties. Eva Braun, younger than him, survived.
Thanks to Ellen Popper for providing the information and the translation.
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