WASHINGTON, D.C. – WND senior staff reporter and author Jerome R. Corsi will be a guest on George Noory’s “Coast-to-Coast AM” nationally syndicated radio show for three hours to discuss his new book, “Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Germany.”
Examining declassified FBI and U.S. military intelligence files, Corsi makes a compelling case that U.S. investigators suspected from the beginning Adolf Hitler escaped from his Berlin bunker.
For political purposes, the evidence indicates, U.S. officials were willing to go along with a cover story that in the final days of World War II, Hitler married his mistress, Eva Braun, and the two took their lives in a joint-suicide just before the Soviet army entered Berlin.
As WND reported, Corsi began researching the possibility Hitler escaped in 2009, when Nicholas Bellatoni, the Connecticut state archeologist was allowed by the Russian Federation State Archive in Moscow to examine skull fragments the Russians have claimed for decades are proof Hitler committed suicide.
Bellatoni’s startling findings prompted Corsi to investigate further.
Stalin believed Hitler survived
“What caused me to question Hitler’s suicide was Bellatoni’s DNA analysis that proved conclusively the skull fragments belonged not to Hitler, but to a 40-year-old woman unrelated to Eva Braun,” Corsi said.
In May 1945, shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins, one of FDR’s closest advisers, undertook a special mission to Moscow at the request of President Harry Truman. Hopkins was to prepare for the upcoming conference with Churchill and Stalin scheduled to begin in July 1945, in Potsdam, Germany.
In a discussion with Stalin in Moscow, Hopkins commented that he hoped Hitler’s body, which had not yet been recovered, would be found by the Russians.
Stalin replied that Soviet doctors thought they had identified the body of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda, but not Hitler. Stalin said he personally doubted that Hitler had committed suicide as reported.
In his 1947 book, “Speaking Frankly,” Byrnes recounted a conversation he had with Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in July-August 1945: “I asked the Generalissimo (Stalin) his views of how Hitler died. To my surprise, he said he believed that Hitler was alive and that it was possible he was then either in Spain or Argentina.”
Some 10 days later, Byrnes asked Stalin if he had changed his views, and Stalin said he had not.
These remained Stalin’s views until the end of his life.
Eisenhower expressed doubts
On Oct. 8, 1945, the U.S. military newspaper the Stars and Stripes published a shocking statement by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the supreme commander of the allied forces.
The short piece, published in a separate box buried in the middle of a report on pending war crime charges to be brought against Nazi Rudolph Hess and baseball scores from the United States, ran with the headline “Ike Believes Hitler Lives.” The short piece was datelined from London Oct. 7, 1945.
It read: “There is ‘reason to believe’ that Hitler may still be alive, according to a remark made by Gen. Eisenhower to Dutch newspapermen. The general’s statement reversed his previous opinion that Hitler was dead.”
Evidence indicates U.S. military intelligence in the Counter Intelligence Corps, the FBI and even the top commander of the U.S. military in Europe, Dwight Eisenhower, all had reason to doubt the official story that Hitler and Eva Braun had died in the Führerbunker April 30, 1945.
Did U.S. intelligence help Hitler escape?
A letter from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dated Nov. 13, 1945, makes clear the FBI had credible information Hitler had escaped to Argentina with the help of Walter and Ida Bonfert Eichhorn. The Eichhorns were close friends of Hitler who had financed the emergence of the Nazi party in the 1920s and 1930s before emigrating to Argentina.
Hoover’s letter disclosed the Strategic Services Unit of the War Department reported to the FBI on Oct. 23, 1945, information concerning the possibility of a “Hitler Hideout” in Argentina.
The website for the National Archives and Records Administrations posted an article noting that the then-49-year-old Allen Dulles was sent to Switzerland to head up for the U.S. government the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, the predecessor organization to today’s CIA.
In Berne, Dulles set up residence at No. 23 Herrengasse and began his official appointment to serve the as “special assistant to the American minister.” In reality, Dulles, who spent the duration of World War II in Berne, served as the top U.S. spy in Europe.
In one of the grandest larcenies in the history of the world, the Nazis in World War II had robbed private collections and museums in conquered territories, stolen gold from the national treasuries of defeated enemies and robbed Jews of all valuable property down to the gold fillings in the teeth of concentration camp victims.
This ill-gotten capital had been used to build Hitler’s criminal war machine.
With the loss of the war beginning to loom, the Nazi goal shifted from accumulating the loot to using it to create and fund overseas businesses capable of generating enough revenue to sustain the escaping Nazis in predetermined havens where it would be politically safe to live and possibly even regroup.
The task fell to Martin Bormann, the gifted organizer who served as Hitler’s personal secretary.
Did Bormann fund Hitler escape?
Beginning in 1943, Bormann implemented an operation code-named Aktion Adlerflug, or Project Eagle Flight, with the goal to transfer German funds, whether counterfeit, stolen or legitimate, to safe havens abroad.
Between 1943 and 1945, Bormann funded more than 200 German companies in Argentina, with other investments in companies in Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Bormann is estimated to have created some 980 front companies outside Germany, with 770 in neutral countries, including 98 in Argentina. Additionally, he acquired shares of foreign companies, especially those listed on North American exchanges in Canada and the United States.
The investments were designed to help prominent Nazis fleeing Germany to resume economically productive lives elsewhere.
In June 1943, a coup d’etat in Buenos Aries brought to power a regime sympathetic to Nazi Germany, led by Col. Juan Domingo Peron. At the time of the coup, Peron had been a paid agent of German intelligence for two years.
Seizing the opportunity, Bormann implemented another scheme, code-named Aktion Feuerland, Project Land of Fire, in reference to the Tierra del Fuego, Spanish for “Land of Fire,” at Patagonia’s southernmost point.
“The plan’s objective was to create a secret, self-contained refuge for Hitler in the heart of a sympathetic German community, at a chosen site near the town of San Carlos de Bariloche in the far west of Argentina’s Rio Negro province,” wrote Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams in their 2011 book, “Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler – the Case Presented.” “Here the Führer could be provided with complete protection from outsiders.”
Tracing Hitler’s purported escape route, Corsi found in the National Archives documentary evidence he got to Argentina in a German submarine, the U-530 that mysteriously surfaced outside the harbor at Mar del Plata under the command of Otto Wermuth and his executive officer, Karl Felix Schuller, after having spent weeks making surreptitious drops of passengers along Argentina’s Atlantic shore.