Hitler Died In 1960
Trans-Andean Journalist
Posits Bold Hypothesis In Book

From Scott Corrales
"Hitler Died In Argentina In 1960"
-- Abel Basti, author of 'Bariloche Nazi':
Basti is now at work on a second book, where he says he will present proof of the Führer's presence in Argentina.
Claims the Führer escaped Germany by submarine and spent his last days
in Bariloche with Eva Braun.
By Diego Zúñiga Contreras
From Las Ultimas Noticias (Santiago de Chile)
July 11, 2004
On July 28, 1945, two former crewmen of the Admiral Graf Spee battleship welcomed--under the greatest secrecy--two submarines from Europe. The operation would repeat itself. One of those submarines conveyed Adolf Hitler.
This is the main thesis of the book Bariloche Nazi. Sitios históricos relacionados al nacionalsocialismo (Nazi Bariloche: Historic Sites Related to National Socialism) from Argentinean journalist Abel Basti. The text, published in February, is a tour guide to visit the sites inhabited by German leaders in the Trans-Andean south, and challenges the official story about the Fuhrer committing suicide in his bunker on April 30, 1945.
Basti, who left Buenos Aires in 1978 to work as a forest ranger in Bariloche, looked into the subject when he covered the extradition to Italy of Nazi captain Erich Priebke in 1995.
"He was detained in Bariloche. I wasn't into the nazi subject, but due to work reasons it was necessary to satisfy the need for information. From that moment onward I delved into certain avenues of research," says the author.
-When do traces of Hitler's presence in southern Argentina emerge?
-Based on certain eyewitness accounts, that are complemented with historic revisionism, since the absence of evidence regarding the suicide is notorious. And if Hitler didn't kill himself and escaped, what he obtained in Argentina is valuable.
-What other proof have you found?
-Eyewitness accounts from qualified people who were with Hitler in Argentina and who agree with FBI, British Intelligence, and Argentinean Navy documents discussing the presence of Nazi subs in the South Atlantic in July and August 1945. Furthermore, there is more information coming to light that contradicts the alleged suicide.
-Well, there's always been a sort of "cloud" around the subject.
-Yes, mainly because the proof needed to substantiate a death isn't thre. Furthermore, the first official reports talk of an escape. In other words, when the Red Army entered the bunker, Stalin asked for a confirmation of Hitler's death and the general in charge says he can't, because there is no body. Even Germany declared [Hitler] dead in 1955 after presuming him dead.
-Your book is focused on the alleged arrival of submarines in Patagonia. When did they arrive?
-What I've investigated, along with contributions from Europe, is that it was a convoy evacuating the Nazi high command, consisting of at least 10 submersibles with 60 persons aboard each.
Sailors' Confessions
Another clue that in Basti's opinion sheds light on the arrival of the Nazis in Argentina are the accounts of two sailors who participated in their reception: "In 1950, two sailors from the Graf Spee, a German vessel sunk by its own crew on the River Plate, said that they received at least two submarines in Patagonia on July 28, 1945
-How did that happen?
-They say that they slept in a Patagonian ranch and in the early morning hours were on hand to recieve the submarines. They brought trucks and loaded baggage and people onto them. One reseacher spoke with the sailors (who are now dead) and they confirmed the story. On the other hand, we have the proof of the evacuation and on the other, the discovery of the sunken subs."
-Finding them would be even better confirmation...
-They've been detected through magnetometers. The problem is that there is a lot of sand covering them.
Translation (c) 2004. S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Liliana Nuñez O.
From Stephen Lindsey
Hi Jeff,
Your readers will be interested to know that the FBI used to have a "reading room" on their website with various historical files on subjects from UFO's to Hitler's escape to Argentina that corroborate this story. These documents do not seem to be available online any more, I may be wrong though. Please check, which may have archived them.
I read them all for kicks one night. Of note are eye witness accounts of seeing Hitler disembarking a submarine upon arrival in South America, Hitler in Buenos Aires, etc.
There were even hysterical reports from people having spotted him far north in Canada, if memory serves me. Very intriguing reads. Apparantly the modern FBI felt they were unreliable heresay and did not feel threatened about publishing them (until recently that is...)




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