- "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
- 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
- -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 blackvault.com, which may have archived
- 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...)