Jan 21 2013
The Daily Mail
Some interesting photos of Adolf Hitlers bunker. Hitler and his missus Eva Braun – shouldn’t that be Eva Hitler – supposedly committed suicide here. However, there is credible evidence to suggest that like many other top Nazi’s Hitler was allowed to escape (see 2nd article).
Course, historian Guy Walters dismisses the claims as being 2000% rubbish. Then again, to admit to the possibility would in turn rubbish his lifetime work wouldn’t it. I’m always suspicious of people who pose for photos with their chin in their hand and pluck statistics out of nowhere. A real truth seeker is open to any possibilities.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Hitler was allowed to escape, he was supposedly aRothschild. It is also beyond doubt that many Nazi’s were helped to escape by the Americans , and many Nazi scientists even ended going to work at NASA.
Black and white images taken by the first Western photographer to enter the squalid bunker where Hitler and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves have been compiled in a TIME magazine gallery for the first time.
Many of the photos did not make the final cut for the special edition published immediately after the war in 1945, but have been flagged up now after a trawl through the magazine’s archives.
Photographer William Vandivert was the first Western snapper to be granted access into the bunker carved beneath the pompous Reich Chancellery which was reduced to brickdust by Allied bombs and Russian artillery shells.
Hitler’s Reich, which once stretched from Calais to the shores of the Volga in Russia, and from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, was reduced to a few spartan rooms in a stinking cement submarine where he and his wife killed themselves on April 30 1945.
‘These pix were made in the dark with only a candle for illumination … our small party of four beat all rest of mob who came down about forty minutes after we got there,’ said Vandivert whose evocative photographs have lost none of their power to shock and awe.
One of the pictures shows war correspondents examining the sofa upon which the couple ended their days, and the spreading dark stain of the monster’s blood upon the fabric after he shot himself in the mouth with his service pistol.
Another is a relic of war, a rare 16th century painting looted from Italy to adorn a wall of the bunker’s study where self-appointed ‘artist’ Hitler issued his final commands to non-existent armies in the dying days of his rule.
On the floor of one room a badly scarred S.S. officer’s cap with it’s grinning death’s head skull is caught in Vandivert’s lens while yet another previously unpublished picture shows LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth sifting through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where the bodies of Hitler and his wife – he married her hours before their suicide pact – were doused with petrol and set ablaze.
Source: Empty jerrycans of gasoline reportedly used by SS Troops to burn bodies of Adolph Hitler & Eva Braun after their suicides in his command bunker
Burnt out: Wreckage, left, inside Adolf Hitler’s command bunker and right, hand touching destroyed hinge of door to Adolf Hitler’s command bunker, burned off by advancing Russian combat engineers. These photos were not originally published in LIFE magazine
Other never-before-seen images are those of the ventilation tower of the bunker, pockmarked with shrapnel from bombs and shells, a desk used by Hitler strewn with papers and the entrance to the troglodyte warren.
A particularly poignant shot are the empty jerry cans of petrol used for the Fuehrer’s funeral pyre, lying abandoned in the rubble of the Chancellery garden.
Russian soldiers who fought their way street by street and building by building to the heart of Nazism, in a crusade of revenge for the 27 million deaths Hitler’s forces caused in their homeland, are seen in a photo taken on the same day moving a huge bronze swastika that once loomed over the entry to Hitler’s Chancellery on to a pile of rubble.
Defiant: At the Reichstag, evidence of a practice common throughout the centuries: soldiers scrawling graffiti to honor fallen comrades, insult the vanquished or simply announce, I was here. I survived.’ This photo was not originally published in LIFE
Other hitherto unpublished photos include a shot of an American serviceman giving the Hitler salute in the bombed out Sportspalast stadium in Berlin, from where in 1943 propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made his infamous ‘total war’ speech, and inside the Reichstag, where Russian soldiers carved their names and graffiti on the walls of the parliament building.
A crushed globe of the sort Hitler used to gaze at and dream of world conquest, together with a bust of him made of bronze, are also reproduced for the first time.
At the time Vandivert, who died in 1992, reported for LIFE; ‘Almost every famous building in Berlin is a shambles. In the centre of town GIs could walk for blocks and see no living thing, hear nothing but the stillness of death, smell nothing but the stench of death.’
Vandivert was the first Western photographer to gain access to Hitler’s Führerbunker after the fall of Berlin, and a handful of his pictures of the bunker and the ruined city were published in LIFE magazine in July 1945.
On the LIFE website today WEDS it states; ‘A few of those images are republished here; most of the pictures in this gallery, however, never appeared in LIFE. Taken together, they illuminate the surreal, disturbing universe Vandivert encountered in the bunker itself, and in the streets of the vanquished city beyond the bunker’s walls.’
Did Hitler and Eva Braun flee Berlin and die (divorced) of old age in Argentina?
- Rumours suggest the couple fled to South America by submarine
- Claims have been ridiculed as ’2,000 per cent rubbish
Adolf Hitler faked his own suicide and fled to Argentina where he lived until a ripe old age, according to extraordinary new claims.
Authors of the new book ‘Grey Wolf: The Escape Of Adolf’ believe evidence of the tyrant’s suicide is flawed – and that he actually escaped in 1945 to begin a new life with his wife, Eva Braun.
But the claims have been ridiculed by leading historian Guy Walters who today branded them ‘2,000 per cent rubbish.’
‘Junk history’: Claims that Adolf Hitler, left, and his partner Eva Braun, right, fled Germany and survived in Argentina have been branded ‘utter nonsense’ by a leading historian
Hitler and Braun’s ‘flight’ from Berlin is laid out in lavish detail by British authors Gerrard Williams and Simon Dunstan in their new book.
They refute the widely accepted view that the Fuhrer shot himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945, and Braun committed suicide by taking cyanide.
Instead, they claim, there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ to suggest that the couple escaped at the end of the Second World War for a new life in a Nazi-controlled enclave in Fascist Argentina.
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Mr Williams and Mr Dunstan go on to state the pair had two daughters before Hitler died in 1962 at the age of 73.
Mr Williams, a historian and journalist who has written extensively about the Second World War, told Sky News: ‘We didn’t want to re-write history, but the evidence we’ve discovered about the escape of Adolf Hitler is just too overwhelming to ignore.
‘There is no forensic evidence for his, or Eva Braun’s deaths, and the stories from the eyewitnesses to their continued survival in Argentina are compelling.’
The book also claims American intelligence officials were complicit in the escape, in return for access to war technology developed by the Nazis.
It also says that skull fragments thought to be those of Hitler currently held by the Russians are actually that of a young woman under the age of 40. Hitler was 56 when he died.
Mr Williams said he and Mr Dunstan – an author, film-maker and photographer who specialises in military history – carried out their research on the ground in Argentina, interviewing eyewitnesses to Hitler’s presence there.
He added: ‘It’s only now that Argentina is once more a thriving democracy that the real stories are beginning to come out.
‘Even so, two of our eyewitnesses received death threats from persons unknown while working with us on this book.’
The sensational claims have already been ridiculed by historians, including Mr Walters, who has studied Nazi Germany extensively and written a series of books about the war.
He labelled the idea that Hitler lived in South America until the 1960s as the ‘worst sort of junk history’ that relied on ‘dubious secondary sources.’
He said: ‘The theory that Hitler survived rubbishes decades of research by proper historians and intelligence officers.
‘The two authors should be ashamed of themselves for peddling this kind of utter nonsense. It’s simply unbelievable that publishers would give them the time of day.
‘It’s an absolute disgrace. There’s no substance to it at all. It appeals to the deluded fantasies of conspiracy theorists and has no place whatsoever in historical research.
‘There have been thousands of theories over the years that Hitler might have escaped but they are nothing more than parlor games.
‘The evidence that Hitler was killed in simply overwhelming. For these authors to claim otherwise is simply staggering.’
Mr Walters conceded that the authors are right in stating that the skull taken by the Russians was not that of Hitler.
He said: ‘There were many people in the bunker and it takes a giant leap of the imagination to get from a museum in Russia to him living a life in Argentina.
‘The idea that everybody in the bunker was in on the plan is infeasible. It just would not have happened.
‘The whole point of Hitler was that he would die after the war. It was not in his psychology to carry on living in Argentina.’
Nazis: Josef Mengele, known as ‘The Doctor of Auschwitz’, left, escaped to South America after the War, as did Otto Adolf Eichmann, right
Rochus Misch, 94, Hitler’s former radio operator and the last survivor of the Berlin bunker, says he saw the bodies of ‘the boss’ and Eva Braun with his own eyes.
He said: ‘I was in the room next door when he shot himself. I did not hear the shot but I saw his uncovered corpse when the door was opened.
‘I saw Hitler slumped with his head on the table.
‘I saw Eva Braun sitting dead in the corner of the sofa, her head turned to Hitler, her knees pulled up to her chest. She had a dark blue dress on and a white frill on her collar.’
Historians hold him up as a reliable source and he is the author of a book, published several years ago, called The Last Witness.
Grey Wolf focuses on the crucial days in 1945 as the allies closed in on Hitler’s bunker.
Mr Williams and Mr Dunstan claim a body double took Hitler’s place and an actress stood in for Eva Braun on April 27.
It was at this point that the pair were able to flee Berlin, travelling to Tonder in Denmark before returning to Travemunde in Germany.
From here it is claimed that they flew to a Spanish military base at Reus, south of Barcelona, before General Franco supplied a plane to take them to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
A day later the two fugitives are said to have boarded a U-boat and the two body doubles were executed and their bodies subsequently burned.
The book points to declassified FBI documents which contain references to Hitler having escaped Berlin to begin a new life in South America.
It also includes testimony from the pilot who supposedly flew Hitler and Eva Braun out of Berlin to Mar Del Plata on the Argentinian coast.
Here they say he lived in a wooden chalet in a remote village where they survived on the money from looted gold and jewellery.
The book quotes a number of sources, such as cooks and doctors, who claim to have knew the Nazi leader before he died aged 73 on February 13, 1962. They claim that Hitler’s bloodline survived through two daughters he had with Braun.
If Hitler had escaped to Argentina, he would have been following in the footsteps of his henchmen, Mengele, Eichmann and Barbie who all fled after the war to South America.
A film based on the claims called Grey Wolf is currently being made and is due to be released early next year.
It is not the first time that Hitler has been rumoured to have fled to Argentina. Author Abel Basti claimed the same in his 2003 book Hitler In Argentina.
He said Hitler and Braun fled to Argentine shores aboard a submarine and lived for many years in the vicinity of San Carlos de Bariloche, a tourist site and ski haven some 1,000 miles southwest of Buenos Aires.
In his book Bariloche Nazi-Guía Turística he reproduced documents, affidavits, photographs and blueprints aimed at steering the reader to the sites that sheltered Hitler and his top henchmen.
He claimed the Incalco Ranch, located in Villa la Angostura on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, was the refuge chosen by Argentine Nazis to hide the couple.
Set amid a pine forest, it could only be reached by boat or hydroplane, and belonged to Argentine businessman Jorge Antonio, one of the most trusted friends of three-times president Juan Domingo Perón.
Basti also claimed Hitler had lived at Hacienda San Ramon, six miles east of Bariloche, which belonged at the time to Schaumberg-Lippe principality.
Also See: http://aangirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/hitler-escaped.html