the only building that has been dynamited is the reactor.
one of the laboratory buildings.
these spherical objects are outside the reactor building.
inside another abandoned laboratory building.
A great many more photos of the ruins of the atomic research laboratory complex are to be found on our website www.sharkhunters.com.
Was Perón the benevolent angel when he built his army’s mountain troop training school directly opposite this laboratory complex on the mainland less than 400 yards distant? Or was he keeping a close eye on it?
So Many Interesting Hotels in Faraway Places
In 1938, a year before the outbreak of World War Two, German interests built the magnificent luxury hotel Llao-Llao outside Bariloche, about 700 miles SW of Buenos Aires in the middle of nowhere. It was badly damaged in a fire but rebuilt and reopened in 1939. What is even more mysterious about this hotel is the photograph hanging in the entrance hall, that of Dwight Eisenhower standing in front of this hotel a few years after the end of the war.
Traveling several hours west out of Bariloche, crossing the border into Chile we find another very fine luxury hotel where, local sources tell us, many SS officers would meet for a celebration every year on 20 April. To refresh your memory, that’s Hitler’s birthday. We are told that these celebrations ended after Priebke was found and arrested.
One might wonder why these beautiful upscale hotels built by Germans were so far away from civilization. We must remember that at the time these hotels were built, 700 miles SW of Buenos Aires was accessible only by rail and could conceivably be likened to the American frontier of the 1860’s. Let us not forget to mention that at least one plastic surgery clinic was built in Bariloche in the closing years of the war.
During our first visit to Bariloche, January 2008, we stopped for dinner in a nice restaurant where the owner greeted us at the door. He was a man of about 80 years, tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He could not speak any English and I cannot speak Spanish. His explanation of the special dinners was not working through my two Argentine friends so, in German, I asked him for an English menu. Without blinking an eye, he replied in German. We spoke for about two minutes in German and I do not think he realized that he had changed into German. I asked how he spoke such good German. He looked shocked for a moment then he said;
“I am Swiss.”
Later in the evening when our host and a friend were entertaining us with gaucho songs on the clavier and guitar, I asked him to sing the Matrosenlied. That is the song the U-Boaters would sing as they departed on their war patrols. No, sorry he said – he did not know that song. I went back to a superb cut of Argentine beef when suddenly, after a few minutes, he did indeed begin to sing the Matrosenlied.
He smiled back and then went through the entire Panzerlied, the song of the armored divisions. When he finished, I applauded then gave him a ‘thumbs up’. He smiled, stood up, clicked his heels and lifted his right arm in the air.
While the two aforementioned hotels were built a very long distance from Buenos Aires to the southwest of Buenos Aires, there were two other hotels of great interest some 500 miles to the northwest of Buenos Aires in the province of Cordoba. Both are now in various stages of ruin, but the history of their participation in WW Two – and afterward – is critical.
The Eden Hotel in the little town of La Falda was built by a German hotel magnate in the late 19th Century but bought by a German family (the Eichhorn family) in the early 20th Century. This family and especially Frau Isa Eichhorn, adored Adolf Hitler and sent him great sums of money to help his political career in the early days.
This hotel had every possible amenity for the day – elevators, outstanding cuisine (they had their own farm and cattle ranch), there was a fleet of Ford Model T cars for the guests and one staff for every two guests. There is a letter at the hotel from Hitler written in his own hand, thanking Frau Eichhorn for her financial support and there are photos of the two of them together. There are also F.B.I. documents on file there in which the F.B.I. states that they believe Hitler was living in that area after the war. One of these documents is found at the beginning of this book.
It was said that the only radio reception and transmission in all of South America was through the Eden Hotel. This may or may not be true, but it is fact that radio broadcasts of Hitler’s speeches and news of the war was broadcast here on a regular basis. The hotel boasted a high powered radio transmitter, tall antenna – and a German eagle on the hotel near it.
Was Hitler really here? The F.B.I. thought so; a waitress (Catalina Gamero) that our S.E.I.G. Agent SECOND SON interviewed said that she served Hitler and Eva several times in the private home of the Eichhorns in 1949. The short interview was taped and a copy is here.
Our research indicates that the couple was forced to leave Bariloche about 1955 because the area was found to be great for tourism with the vast, deep lake enticing the fishermen in the summer then skiers flocked to the area in the winter. There are even photos of Hitler’s top special ops guy, Otto Skorzeny, skiing in the Andes at Bariloche. Again one might wonder why a man like Skorzeny would go to ski in the Andes by Bariloche when the Alps were so much closer to him in Europe.
After the war, the Eichhorn family was declared “Nazi sympathizers”. They lost possession of the hotel and it fell into ruin. The local government is currently trying to resurrect the hotel but it appears that time and the elements are winning the war. The cost to rebuild this once magnificent palatial hotel to its former grandeur is staggering and with no possibility of ever getting that money back, the hotel is crumbling. There are many more photos of these two hotels on our website.
While the Eden Hotel was built approximately five decades before the war began, the Hotel Viena was built in the closing moments of the war and apparently for a very secretive purpose
In the secluded village of Miramare we find the ruins of the Hotel Viena. This was one of the most beautiful, most magnificent hotels at the time in all of South America and it was built late in the war as the war was already turning against Germany.
This hotel not only boasted elevators but air conditioning as well – in 1944! Naturally, there was also a plastic surgery clinic in the hotel complex. The resort complex was built on the shores of a huge inland salt lake, which rose over the years, flooding the first floor to a depth of a several feet. The hotel complex was abandoned; today it sits in ruin even though the waters have receded and the hotel property is high and dry.
We see in these photos taken in Jan. 2010, there is no hope for this hotel.