- ** German submarines rescued Nazi officials and brought
them to the Americas. The same was done for Hitler.**
- BUENOS AIRES (EFE
news agency) -- Adolf Hitler lived in Patagonia after fleeing Germany in
1945, claims Argentinean journalist Abel Basti in a tour-guide style book
which discloses the locations in the Andean foothills which served as a
refuge for several former Nazi leaders.
- Hitler and his lover Eva Braun did not commit suicide--rather,
they fled to Argentinean shores aboard a submarine and lived for many years
in the vicinity of San Carlos de Bariloche, a tourist site and ski haven
some 1350 km southwest of Buenos Aires, according to the journalist.
- In his book "Bariloche Nazi-Guía Turística",
which shall go on sale next week, Basti reproduces documents, affidavits,
photogrpahs and blueprints aimed at steering the reader (or visitor) to
the sites that sheltered Hitler, Martin Bormann, Joseph Mengele and Adolf
Eichman. He is displeased when asked if his book challenges the official
story on the Hitler/Braun suicide, arguing that the corpses of Hitler and
his lover were never found, as is the case with other Nazis who allegedly
committed suicide. "The only official story is the report made General
Zhukov (commander of the Soviet army that occupied Berlin) to the Kremlin,
stating that Hitler and several Nazi leaders had escaped, presumably to
Spain or Argentina, and this is what Stalin advised the U.S. government,"
- Basti's book includes a photo of the Incalco Ranch, which
means in the native dialect "near the water", located in Villa
la Angostura on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, 80 km north of Bariloche.
This was the refuge chosen by Argentinean Nazis to hide Hitler and Eva
Braun. This residence, set amid a pine forest and which can only be reached
by boat or hydroplane, belonged to Argentine businessman Jorge Antonio,
one of the most trusted men of three-times president Juan Domingo Perón
(1946-1955 and 1973-1974).
- Basti makes mention of Rudolph Fraude, son of Ludwig
Fraude, the German millionaire, as a key player -- in his capacity as Perón's
secretary -- in placing former Nazis in Argentina, among them Eichmann,
who was captured in 1960 outside Buenos Aires by Israeli commandos. He
was executed 2 years later in Israel.
- The book's author, having worked on several Nazi-related
investigations for European television networks, claims that Hitler also
lived at Hacienda San Ramon, 10 km east of Bariloche, which belonged at
the time to Schaumberg-Lippe principality.
- The epic distance that exists between the likelihood
of Hitler and his lieutenants having escaped Berlin and taken refuge in
Patagonia is shortened, accoridng to Basti, by the wave of German submarines
that reached the shores of Southern Argentina after the 2nd World War.
"There is numerous and reliable evidence that Nazis fled to Argentina,
coinciding with the arrival of Nazi subs in Patagonia," he noted,
recalling the "vital assistance" offered by Perón's government
at the time to "shelter the Fuhrer's henchmen in the country."
- Basti, who lives in Bariloche and initiated his research
on the relocation of Nazis to this picturesque city, claims to have accounts
of passengers aboard the Nazi subs that reached Patagonia -- accounts which
shall consitute the basis of a second book in the works.
- Translation (C) 2003. Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks
to Liliana Núñez Orellana.