Hitler’s tropical adventure


The film Inglourious Basterds depicts an entirely alternate timeline where a troop of Jewish Americans looking for retribution hunt down the ultimate target, Adolf Hitler. While the movie’s storyline never occurred, why have we always been so sure about Hitler’s suicide in that bunker in Berlin?

Whether it due to manipulation from the media or outright celebration over the Fuhrer’s demise, it’s difficult to know what was really going on during Hitler’s death.There is a possibility that he did not die next to his supposed lover, and rather died incognito in Mato Grosso. Or at least that is the theory according to Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias in her new novel Hitler in Brazil—His Life and His Death.

Making such a controversial claim requires a lot of evidence, and a reasonable amount is provided. FBI documents list an informer who gave a detailed description of Hitler’s arrival to Argentina. Allegedly, the group of elite Nazis came in two U-boats, with Hitler and his wife Eva arriving in the second one. The source was well informed of whom the washed-out dictator was seeing, and of what was happening in his hiding.

According to Dias’ book, Argentina not only welcomed Hitler, but also provided for him during his hiding. Records show Buenos Aires informed Washington in 1945 that there was a high probability that Hitler and Eva Braun had just arrived in Argentina. Even with much detailed description and directions, and evidence that the German sub U-530 was on the Argentinian coast, the FBI did nothing to investigate. So why didn’t the FBI look into Hitler? The reason is not so clear.

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DNA tests on skull fragments, which were thought to be Hitler’s, found near the famous bunker turned out to belong to a woman, and no, he wasn’t a woman. That’s a conspiracy theory for another time. Author Dias believes the Fuhrer fled to Argentina, then to Paraguay, and afterwards to Brazil, after being given a Vatican offer of ownership rights over buried Jesuit treasure in a cave.

The theory is that Hitler married a woman of African descent to remain better undetected in the small town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento, Mato Grosso. He was known as the “Old German” according to at least one local, and lived under the name Adolf Leipzig. Leipzig was the city where his favorite musician, Bach, was born. A Polish nun was said to have recognized him, and denied him entry to a hospital, but she had to give up, as her superiors told her he was there on Vatican orders. Several historians have also argued this possibility before with slight adaptations, including Garrard Williams, Simon Dunstan and Candido Rodrigues.

With increasing anti-Semitism in Latin America, after Operation Protective Edge (which Bansky did a really cool video on the aftereffects of), and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (the werewolf lady) being accused of shielding Iran from prosecution over a synagogue bombing, it’s interesting to think about Hitler’s effects on Latin America before he was supposedly living there.

This PDF takes a simple and concise stance on the matter, and can help you come to the conclusion that this theory is totally bogus. Take it from me, Hitler never got to samba nor start his own soccer league here.

History teacher Thomas Stephenson commented, “Hitler living in Mato Grosso is trash.” Then, the History department burst into laughter and cited a bunch of conspiracy theories I knew nothing about.

Sources: Daily Mail, UOL, International Business Times