Did Adolf Hitler Survive the War?

Portrait of German leader Adolf Hitler in old age (Andrzej Dragan)
Portrait of German leader Adolf Hitler in old age (Andrzej Dragan)

Conspiracy theories of Adolf Hitler surviving the war to die an old man in Spain or South America have been around virtually since he was supposed to have committed suicide in a bunker deep below a crumbling Berlin in April 1945. Historians have largely dismissed such claims while recent forensic research of Hitler’s remains, long held in Russian archives, proved that the German dictator did indeed perish with his dream of a Thousand Year Reich.

It hasn’t convinced the conspiracy theorists however. In a recent book, British journalist Gerrard Williams and military historian Simon Dunstan suggest that the Führer escaped Berlin by airplane to make an escape for Argentina where he lived to raise two daughters with his wife, Eva Braun, before dying, undramatically, in 1962.

Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler further alleges that America’s intelligence agency was involved in a coverup of Hitler’s survival. The skull fragments held by the Soviets actually belonged to a young woman, the authors claim.

“There is no forensic evidence” for Braun’s and Hitler’s deaths, Williams told Sky News, “and the stories from the eyewitnesses to their continued survival in Argentina are compelling.”

The Latin American country was under military dictatorship after the war and harbored many Nazi henchmen, including Adolf Eichmann, a key organizer of the Holocaust who was captured by Israeli secret service in 1960 and hanged two years later.

A film based on the book, Grey Wolf, is currently in production and slated for a January 2012 release.

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