Declassified FBI documents reveal the efforts of the US to probe rumours that Hitler had somehow managed to survive World War 2.
Whispers and tip-offs no matter how outlandish were investigating and sent to the top of the investigative bureau – no matter how strange.
Daily Star Online previously revealed US spooks received a tip Hitler had been spotted in Brazil with Eva Braun at a hotel in a town called Casino.
And further files reveal the probe lasted well into the 1950s, with an outrageous report forward to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
FBI agents had interviewed a man who claimed Hitler had switched places with a body double.
He claimed the Nazi leader had then fled Germany in the final days of World War 2 and gone to South America.
“[REDACTED] alleges that he had seen Adolf Hitler in Buenos Aires”
FBI spooks compiled a document for Hoover which revealed the information was living in Dayton, Ohio.
He claimed he was worried about handing over his info to FBI in case they think he was a “screwball or a crank”.
The man – whose name is redacted – claimed to have seen Adolf Hitler in the early 50s in Buenos Aries.
He alleged the fugitive Fuhrer had undergone plastic surgery to make himself look much younger.
Hoover forward the report to the director of the CIA according to letterheads in the classified documents.
Further correspondence reveals the CIA “requested the subject be interviewed” on February 17.
“You should therefore interview the subject with reference to the report that he saw Adolf Hitler in South America and also obtain identifying information concerning the subject,” it read.
More heavily redacted files dated to April 20 suggest the man was interviewed and claimed he had not filed the report to the FBI.
It reads: “[REDACTED] advised he was in an automobile accident in Oklahoma City and had a serious head injury.
“And since the accident has had mental comas in which he does not know what he has done or what he has said.”
It is unknown what happened to the case after that, but it is unlikely that Hitler was discovered alive in South America.
FBI documents however offer a fascinating insight into the very real fear that Hitler had survived World War 2.
Conspiracy theorists have often claimed Hitler lived due to the bizarre circumstance of his death.
Conventional wisdom however is content the Nazi leader did die in Berlin 74 years ago.
And subsequent testing has proved his corpse is genuine – and not a “body double”.
Mystery however did loom as the Iron Curtain fell following the end of World War 2 as the Red Army took Berlin.
Hitler shot himself as the Russians were at his door – and his body was subsequently burned by the Soviets.
Russian authorities also claimed Hitler was still alive.
Soviet leader Josef Stalin also outright denied his death to US President Harry Truman.
US spooks did genuinely fear Hitler may have fled the war amid the information blackout from Russia.
Conspiracy theorists have claimed Nazi leaders fled to South America along with troves of stolen treasures from Europe.
It is even claimed a surviving wing of the SS was set up there, and continued to plot a resurgent Fourth Reich.
These theories then further branch into even more outlandish claims about Nazi space travel and UFOs.
And Hitler’s survival was probed by the CIA in the 50s after a man claiming to be former Nazi officers came forward with a photo of Adolf.
Historians are however content that these claims exist within the realms of fantasy – and Hitler did die on April 30, 1945.
- Adolf Hitler
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