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Conspiracy theories about Adolf Hitler's death

Conspiracy theories about Adolf Hitler's death contradict the majority view that Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin Führerbunker on 30 April 1945. Most of these theories hold that Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, survived and escaped Berlin.

Disputed evidence

Declassified FBI documents contain a number of alleged sightings of Hitler along with conspiracy theories of his escape from Germany. The FBI state that information within those documents pertaining to the escape and sightings of Hitler cannot be verified.[1]

A skull fragment with a bullet-hole, found outside Hitler’s bunker and kept in Russia’s federal archives in Moscow, was for decades believed to be that of Hitler. However, in 2009 samples of the skull were DNA-tested at the University of Connecticut by archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni and colleagues. It was found to be that of a woman aged under 40.[2]

However, the Russians have never claimed that the skull was the main evidence, instead citing jawbone fragments and a dental bridge which were found. The items were shown to Käthe Heusermann, the long time dental assistant of Hitler's dentist, Hugo Blaschke, and long time technician Fritz Echtmann who both identified them as being Hitler's.[3] The skull fragment was found only later, in 1946, when the Soviets investigated rumours of Hitler’s survival.[2]

Alleged escape to Argentina

Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler, by British authors Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams, proposes that Hitler and Braun did not commit suicide, but escaped to Argentina. According to the book, Hitler crossed the Andes Mountain before arriving in Argentina. He then lived in hiding at Hacienda San Ramón, six miles (10 km) east of San Carlos de Bariloche, until the early 1960s.[4][1]

The theory that Hitler escaped to Argentina has been widely dismissed by historians, who believe that Hitler and Braun died in the last days of World War II in Europe.[5] Historian Guy Walters described the theory as "2,000 per cent rubbish" when the Dunstan and Williams' book was published. Walters added: "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."[6]

References

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  2. ^ a b Adolf Hitler suicide story questioned after tests reveal skull is a woman's, Andrew Osborn, 28 Sep 2009
  3. ^ Kershaw, Ian (2008). Hitler: A Biography, p. 958. ISBN 978-0-393-06757-6.
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External links

  • FBI documents containing alleged sightings of Hitler
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