The Third Reich had a huge presence in Latin America, primarily in Argentina, from the middle 1930’s and onward. While we are aware of the huge rallies in Madison Square Garden in New York City and other cities in the USA, but they were just as big and open in Latin America too.
On this page and next – rallies in Luna Park in Buenos Aires in the 1930’s
Many of the Reich came to Argentina……….including:
Werner Baumbach (left), top bomber pilot and Squadron Commander of the ultra-secret KG 200. He was killed in a plane crash in Buenos Aires while training two Argentine pilots aboard an Avro Lancaster heavy bomber when it crashed into the River Plate. Baumbach could not get out of the plane and drowned.
ADOLF GALLAND (2854-1993) (center), super ACE with more than 100 aerial victories and commander of JV 44, the jet fighter squadron.
Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the most highly decorated of all German warriors in any branch and probably the best pilot ever.
These three Luftwaffe greats reorganized the Argentine Air Force. Here we see Rudel with his beautiful wife at the home of Juan Perón; in the middle of this photo. A great many Germans were friends of Juan and Evita Perón.
The Peróns had many other friends from the Third Reich as well.
Doctor Ronald Richter
Richter at Heumel
Very shortly after the end of the war, Dr. Richter moved to Argentina where he initially went to Cordoba Province, Cordoba City where, thanks to his contact with Kurt Tank, he was employed at the headquarters of the Argentina Air Force. Tank was intrigued with Richter’s ideas of nuclear propulsion of aircraft. He worked in Cordoba until Juan Perón sent him to Patagonia, to the little town of San Carlos di Bariloche and the nuclear research laboratory on Heumel Island where he went by the name Dr. Pedro Matthies. The project cost some $300,000,000.
In 1951 Richter reported that he had achieved a controlled cold fusion but Argentine scientists, jealous of his connection with Perón, insisted on an investigation. Upon testing, it was confirmed that the reaction never happened. However, there were two schools of thought on this.
The Argentine scientists claimed that Richter was a fraud and that he never achieved this cold fusion reaction. On the other hand, Dr. JOSEPH FARRELL (7353-2008) states in his book “Nazi International” that Richter did achieve this success but that contrary to wishes of Martin Bormann to remain quiet about it, Perón widely proclaimed that Argentina was the first Latin American nuclear nation. In this book it is claimed that Richter deliberately disconnected some of his equipment to make sure that the test failed, thereby giving Bormann and his movement cover.
Either way, the Argentine scientists convinced Perón that Richter was wasting all these huge sums of money and in 1952, Perón shut down the Heumel Island nuclear research laboratory. Richter went back overseas where his whereabouts and activities remain clouded. It seems that he did spend some time in Libya but he eventually returned to Argentina where died in 1991. His daughter still lives in Bariloche.
Doctor Richter’s Laboratory System on Heumel Island
Sharkhunters groups have been on this island and all through these ruins on two separate occasions. We will return and if you would like more information about our “Patrols”, go to the website at the web address at the bottom of each page and check for information about our tours.
Hauptsturmführer ERICH PRIEBKE (7598-2011)
Hauptsturmführer (SS Captain) PRIEBKE lived in Bariloche from shortly after the war until his arrest in the middle 1990’s for alleged war crimes.
He was Headmaster at the German school as well as head of the German Heritage group in Bariloche. He was brought before a military tribunal in Rome in the mid-1990’s and found not guilty. He was not back in Bariloche long before a certain group protested and he was brought back to Rome to stand trial again, only this time before a civilian court.
The civilian court found him guilty and sentenced him to life in prison, but rather than prison he was under house arrest for the rest of his life.
He was allowed daily walks in the park near his apartment and he could shop in the nearby markets. He passed away 11 October 2013 just past his 100th birthday. PRIEBKE was just another of the Third Reich who lived out much of his later years in Argentina.
Doctor Friederich Bergius
In the early 20th century, Dr. Bergius earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Leipzig and his thesis was on sulfuric acid as a solvent. He later worked a short time at the University of Karlsruhe in the development of the Haber-Bosch Process then at the University of Hamburg where he worked with Professor Max Bodenstein with the process of chemical kinetics.
During the war he worked with the I. G. Farben Company which put a cloud of suspicion over him and his citizenship was questioned. He had to depart quickly and after spending time in Turkey, Switzerland and Spain, he made his way to Argentina where he worked as an advisor on processes to make fuel from coal as well as making sugar from wood.
We will not waste space here attempting to describe what a war criminal is. That definition can change with the wars and the times in which they are fought. Despite the claims of the Allies in World War Two that all the Germans were terrible people, no nation can claim clean hands. However, let us remember that all the war heroes were on the winning side and all the war criminals were on the side that lost. Amazing, isn’t it?
The winning side therefore, is able to create the definitions of a war criminal and because they are able to create such definitions, they are able to tailor these definitions to fit certain individuals and specific types of people. The winners have the time, money and other resources to relentlessly pursue those determined to be war criminals indefinitely while the alleged war criminals do not usually have the money to keep running or the specific talents to be protected.
One such escapee who had no fortune when he arrived Argentina nor great talent was SS Standartenführer (Colonel) Adolf Eichmann, Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp.
When he escaped the crumbled Reich and made his way to Argentina, he did not have great wealth as most of the others, and he had no talent that was in great demand by the Perón Government like most of the others. He was a poor factory worker who lived in a tiny house at 6067 Garibaldi Street.
He and his sons built this tiny house, about 20 feet by 20 feet in a poor neighborhood, now a very dangerous neighborhood, on Garibaldi Street. He first worked in the factory at FV Manufacturing, a company that made fixture for toilets. Later he worked in the factory at Orbis making water heaters and water softeners. The last place he worked was in the factory at Mercedes Benz which required a three hour bus ride each way. One night as he returned from work at about 9pm, half a dozen men of the Mossad lay in wait for him as he got off the bus near the railroad embankment and kidnapped him. Here is the little house with the Reich Flag raised by Eichmann’s oldest son protesting the kidnapping of his father. As we see in the photo of his oldest son, the young man carried the protest even further by putting on the Swastika armband.
To protect their father’s identity in the early days, the two sons referred to Eichmann as their uncle stating that their father had been killed in the war. When Adolf Eichmann first arrived in Argentina, he was welcomed by many of the elite including the Eichhorn family who owned the Hotel Eden in La Falda in Cordoba Province.
This exclusive Sharkhunters photo was taken in the late 1940’s at a picnic grove called El Chorito located some distance behind the Eden Hotel. During the Asado, the cooking of the meat over an open fire, he was using his Hitler Youth dagger to cut the meat – it is in his belt in this photo. He is at the left in the photo and his hat is at its usual rakish tilt.
We spoke at length with Francisco, the tailor who made Eichmann’s suits when he lived on Garibaldi Street. Francisco said that his kids and the two sons of Eichmann were friends and played together when they were young. He said that the younger Eichmann son told Francisco’s kids that they lived for some time in the Vatican before coming to Argentina and that they had met the Pope on several occasions.
To make ends meet, Eichmann also sold fruit juices at the beach on weekends. Both his sons still live in Buenos Aires, but they have changed their names for obvious reasons.
Doctor Carl Värnet
A Dane, Värnet received his Doctorate at the University of Copenhagen and practiced medicine in that city. He studied further in Germany, France and the Netherlands and he became interested in hormonal treatments to modify certain types of behavior.
During the war he held the rank of SS Sturmbannführer (Major) and was a doctor at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He was introduced to various important men of the SS and eventually to Heinrich Himmler himself. He performed glandular experiments on seventeen homosexuals in Buchenwald in an effort to show that their homosexuality can be changed but after some time with no solid results to show, he was more or less defunded.
After the war he was arrested in Copenhagen and Danish authorities were going to bring him to trial, he pretended to have heart trouble. When his chance presented itself, he escaped first to Brazil then to Argentina. He died there in 1965.
This is a memo of Värnet’s describing his treatment to change homosexual behavior. During my expedition to Argentina in in January 2014, I visited what was once his clinic. It is now a residence hotel.
Ludwig Freude (his name is German for Joy or Delight) was a high level German businessman and in the 1940’s was the Director of the Banco Aleman Transatlantico, a subsidiary of the massive Deutsche Bank. At that time he was one the ten wealthiest businessmen in Latin America, was president of the German Clubs in Buenos Aires and one of the most influential men of the Third Reich. He was also a friend of Juan Perón as we see in this photo. The arrow points to Freude and we see Perón putting his hankie into his pocket.
Even before the war ended, Freude worked to help preserve the vast fortunes of individuals on the Reich as well as the treasures of the Reich itself. When things were closing in on Freude, he fled to Argentina.
Because of his friendship with Perón and his financial power, he was instrumental in helping organize “die Spinne” better known as “Odessa”! And when the Allies requested Freude’s extradition, Perón more or less said that Freude was his personal friend and that he was not going to be extradited. His grave is in the beautiful German Cemetery in Buenos Aires, not far from that of Kapitän zur See Langsdorff.
This restaurant, right in the center of Buenos Aires only a few steps off the ultra high-buck Calle Florida, is where many men of the Third Reich met for lunch in the years after the fall of Germany. Two of these were Doctor Josef Mengele and Adolf Eichmann.
Since this restaurant is only a few blocks from the Navy Hotel where I always stay, my guide and I went there for lunch.
The food was great and while the service was adequate at best, the decor and ambiance put us right back into the post war years. One could almost feel the presence of former warriors all about in the place.
It was a bit out of place when two beautiful Irish lasses finished their lunch and brought their half-finished bottle of wine to our table and said it was for us. That was the good memory. Then we watched the waiter go to a table that had just been vacated where he took the guest’s water glass, splashed a bit of water on the used bread plate and wipe it with the napkin then put the plate on another table. Memories, eh?
Doctor Josef Mengele
We all know this name so there is no need to go into his history but we traced his movements through Argentina. An important man, Gerhard Malbranc, picked up Mengele at his hotel a few days after he arrived in Buenos Aires and brought him to the Malbranc home where he lived for some time. In the photo left we see Mengele on the porch at 2460 Aeronales with the cat.
Malbranc was a close friend of Juan and Evita Perón.
The Malbranc house at 2460 Aeronales.
Soon afterwards, Mengele bought a nice house at 968 Juan Jose Vertez, just around the corner from 1065 Gaspar Campo, the Presidential Palace of Juan Perón. Mengele ultimately owned three houses in Buenos Aires.
Fridolin Guth was born in the Tyrol and was involved in the 1934 attempt to place the NSDAP in Innsbruck. He fled to Bavaria then in 1938, back to Innsbruck. He held the rank of SS Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the SS Police Regiment 19 and was sent into Slovenia in March 1944. The 2nd Company was headed by Guth stationed in Annemasse.
After he made his way to Argentina, he ended up in Cordoba Province in the town of Agua de Oro. It means “Golden Water” because there was a brewery in the area.
Guth however, was an excellent baker and it is said that his Black Forest Cake was excellent. He opened a restaurant called the Nueve Tyrol. Guth died some years ago but the restaurant is still open and we ate there in January 2014. No Black Forest Cake at the time, I am sorry to report.
This photo shot by the author in January 2014. There really isn’t anything in this remote area. Fridolin Guth apparently was afraid that he would be grabbed and taken out of Argentina as he almost never left this house/restaurant except when the German Ambassador came by. They would go for a drive together. Other than that, Guth never went out.
He was a Member of the Hitler Youth and participated in the “Beer Hall Putsch” on 9 November 1923. He then joined the SS and received his Doctorate in Law. Quite athletic, Christmann won the German championship in canoeing and he worked as a sports instructor of the SS.
He was transferred to the SS Police at Gestapo Headquarters in Vienna in 1938 then to Innsbruck in 1939. He was there until July of 1942 where he was a Task Force Leader with an Einsatzgruppe in Krasnodar. Lateron he was Gestapo Chief in Klagenfurt, Austria when he was promoted to SS Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel).
He worked for the British Army occupation under the name Doctor Ronda until 1948 when he flew through Rome to Argentina. He was helped by “die Spinne” (Odessa) then he participated with this organization to help others escape Europe.
In 1956 Christmann tried to return to the Federal Republic of Germany as a lawyer but was denied admission. Returning to Argentina, he quickly rose in the real estate business and soon owned a company.
On 19 December 1980 the München Regional Court convicted Kurt Christmann of war crimes involving the activities in Krasnador and sentenced him to ten years in prison. He appealed but on 11 November 1982 the German Federal Court of Justice confirmed the sentence.
Kurt Christmann (alias Doctor Ronda) died on 4 April 1987.
Martin Bormann and the Plaza Hotel
Martin Bormann was the second most powerful man in the Third Reich and apparently, at some point, he assumed control of the Party and Adolf Hitler was not much more than a figurehead. As you have already read, Bormann assumed control of the Party and everything else pertaining to the Third Reich. We know that he came to Argentina aboard a U-Boat thanks to DON ANGEL ALCAZAR de VELASCO (158-1985) and that he quickly took quarters in the Plaza Hotel, the most elegant hotel in Buenos Aires.
This hotel is only four blocks from my hotel, so I walked there and entered the lobby. Senora Rodriguez at the front desk was cordial; I introduced myself and told her I was doing research for this book. I also told her that we had reason to believe that Martin Bormann lived here for some time after the end of the war. Without any expression, she said:
“Oh yes, room 470: the Presidential Suite.”
Naturally I was a bit taken aback and asked how she knew this. She told me that everyone there knew that Bormann stayed in the Plaza for quite some time and, she added, this was about the same time that Adolf Hitler came to Argentina. I grabbed a thick book about the history of the Plaza Hotel, thumbed through it and asked Senora Rodriguez why there was nothing about Bormann in the book. She said this was not really the kind of advertising the Plaza thought was positive. Guess she has a point there.
Professor Kurt Tank
Kurt tank was one of the most brilliant aircraft designers of the war years and his most famous aircraft was the Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter, called the Würger (Shrike) by the Luftwaffe but more accurately called “the Butcher Bird” by Hermann Göring. The various versions of this single seat fighter were Tank’s brainchild throughout the war.
When the war was over, naturally the US tried to bring him to America in Operation “Paperclip” and other countries wanted him and his talents as well. The US did not snare him nor did the Soviets. Tank had been talking with the British as well as the Nationalist Government of China but to no avail.
He did not reach agreement with China, and the British felt he was too important and could not be incorporated into an already smoothly working group. The US and the Soviet Union could not tempt him so he went north then south.
He went north into Denmark then over the Denmark Straits to Norway where he obtained transport to Argentina. He brought with him about fifty of his engineering team and worked in Argentina until Perón was ousted from power. Many of his team went to the USA but Tank went to India and designed aircraft there for a while.
Dr. Ronald Richter was one of his team and as we have already learned, he went to Heumel Island by San Carlos di Bariloche, Patagonia Province which incidentally, is the area where Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva lived until 1955 when they had to move to Cordoba Province.
Kurt Tank’s two children still live in Argentina.
His pre-war activities are well known including his involvement in the planned overthrow and assassination of King Alexander and his wartime activities as leader of the Croatian Nationalist Movement and their ties to Adolf Hitler and Germany. Here we focus on his post war history.
He moved through Europe on a Peruvian passport identifying himself as a Catholic priest named Don Pedro Gonner. He went through Venice and Florence and into Rome where he was given shelter by the Vatican and he lived there for some time. While living in the Vatican, he organized the Croatian State Committee but communist dictator Tito confronted the Vatican about Pavelic, now living in the Papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, claiming that Pavelic, with the help of the Vatican, was trying to revive Nazism.
He hid in a Jesuit house near Naples and in the fall of 1948 he met Father Krunoslav Draganovic and the priest helped him obtain a Red Cross passport identifying him as Pale Aranios, a Hungarian. Draganovic had other ideas and was going to deliver Pavelic to the Italian police, but Pavelic smelled the plot and escaped. He rode the Italian ship SESTRIERE and disembarked in Buenos Aires on 6 November 1948. He lived with the writer Vinko Nikolic in Buenos Aires where he worked as a bricklayer. His wife Maria and oldest daughter Visnja soon joined him.
Thanks to a friend who was close to Juan and Evita Perón, Pavelic took a job as security advisor to Perón. In 1950 he was given amnesty and allowed to remain permanently in Buenos Aires and further, some 34,000 other Croats also emigrated into Buenos Aires, naturally including a great many who were wanted by the Allies but they were safe here.
Branko Benzon, who had been the Croatian Ambassador to Germany in the war and knew Hitler personally, was close to the Peróns. Thanks to him, Pavelic was also close to Perón. Thanks to such influence, he soon owned a construction business in Buenos Aires and built some of the huge buildings that stand today. We visited some of them.
At the end of the 1940’s, there was a rift in the Croatian movement in Argentina and many drifted away from Pavelic. Many sought the revival of the Independent State of Croatia and one of the leaders was Vjekoslav Luburic, former head of the concentration camp network in his country. Luburic lived in Spain but in Argentina, Pavelic used the “Croatian Home Guard” immigrants to expand his power. He founded the Croatian Statehood Party which evaporated as quickly as it began.
Pavelic as a bricklayer
Then on 10 April 1951, the 10th anniversary of the Independent State of Croatia, Pavelic announced the new Croatian State Government in exile. Many more Croatian emigrees poured into Argentina and most joined with Pavelic who was actively engaged in attacking the Communist government in his home country.
With his family
On 10 April 1957 on the 16th anniversary of the founding of the Independent State of Croatia, Ante Pavelic was ambushed and shot in the back by Blagoje Jovovic, an agent of the Yugoslav Federal Secret Police. Pavelic had just gotten off the bus on the corner of his street in the Palomar District of Buenos Aires when the ambush occurred.
While he was in hospital, Perón fell out of power and the Yugoslavian extradition request was granted but Pavelic flew to Chile and then to Spain, arriving Madrid 29 November 1957 still with a bullet in his back that he refused to have removed.
Although he attempted to remain politically active, the Spanish Government refused to allow him to appear in public. Pavelic died in the German Hospital in Madrid on 28 December 1959.
I spoke with the lady who, with her attorney husband, now own Pavelic’s house and told her I was gathering evidence that Adolf Hitler lived out his live in Argentina. She was surprised. She said she thought everyone knew that; they did in Argentina. She pointed out the little monument on the corner where Pavelic was shot as seen here in the photo by the author in January 2014.
The Maid Knew!
Catalina Gamaro worked for Walter and Ida Eichhorn at their Hotel Eden. She was a young woman and was more like a daughter to the family and she was with them for years. She knew that Hitler was there.
In the year 2004, Abel Basti contacted her and made arrangements to come to La Falda to interview her and look at any documents and photos Catalina had. He told this author that Catalina was ready and willing to speak with him openly and to show him what she had. This was going to go into the book that Abel was writing about Nazis in Argentina.
Her cooperation abruptly vanished and she informed Abel that he should not come and she said that………. they told her that she could not speak with anyone or show photos “while the lady was alive”.
“They?” “The Lady?” We are quite certain that “They” refers to “die Spinne” otherwise known as “Odessa”. They do exist today. No, not the original men of the SS as they are either very old or passed away. Their grandchildren however, are very active. This author met one such young man in Villa General Belgrano in 2010. He was a handsome young man of thirty years of age with blue eyes, blond hair and straight white teeth. His grandfather had been a Generalleutnant with Kurt “Panzer” Mayer.
We also think that “the lady” refers to Eva Braun-Hitler. She was born in 1912 and so in 2002 she would be 90 years of age, not impossible at all.
A few years ago Catalina made an interview which has been provided by our friend Martin Gomez. Here it is, translated from her Spanish.
I never worked in the Eden Hotel; I worked in the annex.
Did Hitler have holidays in the annex?
No. He stayed just a few days.
How did you know that was Hitler?
We, the employees, are one – very united. We talked about this.
He presented himself as Hitler?
No, no, no. We don’t see him. He stayed in a private place. Nobody can see him.
And why do you think that he was Hitler?
Because of the attitude of the Eichhorns. He stayed in 1936 and then after the war.
Is there a picture of Hitler in La Falda?
Yes. The Eichhorns had one, but they burned it.
Is there someone else who saw Hitler here?
No. They are all dead.
What happened to Hitler?
He stayed here in 1949 and he died in San Juan, Mendoza.
When you stayed in the annex, did you receive some calls from Hitler asking about Ida Eichhorn’s health?
No. There were calls from Mendoza but someone else talked.
He did not die in Germany! No! No! No!
We thank you.
At this time, all was very quiet not like today. La Falda was very small, very private.
Did you receive pressure from anyone to shut up?
No. No. I talk about what I want.
The Secret Hidden Compound
You can’t see it………..you do not even know it is there unless you know where to look and what to look for. As we fly down a new, modern four lane highway, we must know precisely where to look for the little slash in the treeline where just as hint of a gap appears for a fleeting moment. It is the beginning of a narrow, one lane dirt road that goes back through the trees. As we enter this hidden dirt road we pass the abandoned building that had once served as a guardhouse.
We bounce along for perhaps half a mile when we come to a tunnel. If you came here in the late 1930’s and managed to pass the guardhouse, you would be stopped here as you see in the photo left.
There were no guards when we arrived (photo above right) and we drove right in. It is so narrow that only one vehicle can make it – only a car, it is too small for trucks or anything bigger than a car. After a short way, maybe a quarter mile or so, the tunnel opens up and we drive at least a mile, it seemed like more, through the wilderness and on the way we passed several signs that said “Sharkhunters Welcome”……actually they said “No Pasar” but we know this means the same as “Eingang Verboten” in Germany which we know means there is something in here that we must see – and so we press onward over the horribly rough dirt road towards the remains of the compound.
Finally we arrive at the compound - and we walk back in history so many decades. It is just the way it was when the German personnel walked out in, we believe, the 1950’s except that time and nature have taken their toll. On the left we see an abandoned building through the trees and on the right, one of those signs that say “No Pasar”. We get out of our limousine (a two door Renault with a one liter engine) and explore the compound on foot.
We learned much that was going on in this compound. Not sure yet what its function was prior to the war and during the war, but post war many of the men of the Third Reich had to come through here to receive their new identities, their new assignments etc. We were told that even for some years after the end of the war German troops were billeted here and trained here. The white building in the photo top appeared to be a staff or clerical function while the yellow building behind our limousine appeared to be a cookhouse or similar. Meals were taken here in this outdoor area where there were approximately forty stone tables that sat six men each. The “grinder” to the right of this photo is where the men drilled and they had weapons and infantry training in the woods beyond. We are not sure when this compound was deserted – but some of it still works.
Here is the “baño Caldera” which I am told means “hot baths”. The water is still flowing in the pipes as we see in the lower right photo although it is not known if the showers are hot.
There was a huge swimming pool and a grotto with a shrine
The HQ building and a barracks where there were two sets of bunks stacked three high in each room. The bathrooms were strategically placed along the corridors for easy use of the personnel.
There are a great many more photos posted on our website. The web address is at the bottom of each page and when you get to the site, click on “Previous Tours” then let your fingers do the walking.
Here we bring you just some of the files and letters we have in file that, along with our personal visits, leave absolutely no doubt that Adolf Hitler, his wife Eva Braun-Hitler, Martin Bormann and countless others of the Third Reich did indeed, reach safety in South America, primarily Argentina, and with but a handful of exceptions, lived out their lives in safety and depending on each situation, from comfortable to quite plush.
This FBI file dated 17 September 1945 is kept in the Eden Hotel in laFalda, Argentina.
Above file was uncovered by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This four-page file was uncovered by S.E.IG. Agent TAUCHER
……..page two of that file from S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
…..page three of that file from S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
…..page four of that file from S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This two-page file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
Note that this FBI Radiogram suspects that Adolf Hitler was hiding out in the foothills of the southern Andes – precisely where San Carlos di Bariloche is situated. The various “Spook” agencies knew where he was.
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This two page file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
This file uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER
Wonder which scientists went where? This six-page report will help.
Keep reading………..pages 4 and 6, for some reason, are only a half page.
The previous six-page long file was uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER.
Keep reading………….there are more files to see and they all prove that Adolf Hitler and others did not perish in the Führerbunker or any other place in Germany. They made it to South America.
The previous four-page long file was uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER and continues listing German//Austrian scientists who came to (or were brought to) the United States after the war.
The previous three-page long file was uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER.
We now cover the findings of our “DELTA Team”, a group of excellent researchers who have been through many archives.
The twelve-page long file was sent by S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO.
He is a superb S.E.I.G Agent and he headed up this group.
There will be several questions raised in this text. Look to here and we will do our best to explain and questions that might arise.
The foregoing twelve-page long file was uncovered and sent by S.E.I.G. Agent TAUCHER. The next few pages will answer some questions – and will no doubt raise more questions.
Here there is a mention of Heinrich Garbers. He was the Skipper of a sailing vessel, yawl rigged, in various operations including Operation “Jolle” which means yawl. He was decorated with the Knights Cross.
On See Here there is mention of the German agent and our Sharkhunters Member DON ANGEL ALCAZAR de VELASCO (158-1985) who was in the “Spook” business all through the war and many years thereafter.
On See Here is mention of Canaris. In 1915 he was a young Oberleutnant zur See aboard the light cruiser DRESDEN, the only one of Admiral Graf von Spee’s cruiser squadron to survive the Battle of the Falkland Islands. During that ship’s escape through the Straits of Magellan to Chile, he made careful notes of the hidden harbors then escaped captivity and went by horseback over the Andes to San Carlos di Bariloche and eventually back to Germany where he went into the “Spook” business. He became head of the Abwehr but because he was aware of the plot to kill Hitler at the Wolfsschanze but failed to alert Hitler, he was convicted. He was put into Flossenberg prisoner camp and held there until the Americans were about two days away. He was then stripped naked in the dead of winter, had a thin piece of piano wire wrapped around his neck and left to dangle on a hook while he slowly strangled to death. His naked body was then dumped in a snowbank and used by the soldiers as a makeshift urinal.
On See Here there is reference to the many secret ships that came and went through the secret places in Argentina. One of the most popular sites was at the little village of San Antonio Oeste inside the little bay called Calete de los Loros or Parrot Cove. In this village was a large building for the Lahausen Wool Company, a cover for the German spy network all through South America. The sailing ships and “Black Boats” came and went unhindered for years.
On See Here there is mention of “securing the existence of the Fourth Reich after the war.” Isn’t that what this was all about?
On See Here it speaks of the “jettisoned arrows” which were boundary markers dropped from one of the two Dornier flying boats called the “Do-Wal” or Dornier Whale. These were part of the 1939 expedition of the Reich to map out & claim Neu Schwabenland on the Antarctic continent. This expeditionary flotilla stopped at the Brazilian island of Trindade on their way south to erect two radio towers. The following pages have more photos and information on this expedition. Every kilometer an “arrow” was dropped which was a six foot tall steel spear with a Swastika on the top and every ten kilometers, a two meter tall “arrow” was dropped with a Swastika Flag on it; all to mark the boundaries of Neu Schwabenland.
SCHWABENLAND, the catapult ship of the expedition
One of the Dornier flying boats taking off
This expeditionary group stopped at Trindade Island for some time in 1939 and 1940. Look at the comparison photos next page. On the left is the plateau where the second radio tower was raised in 1939, official 3rd Reich photo – and on the right is the same place photographed by the author in 2009. It really has not changed.
Taken in 1939
taken in 2009
the base at Neu Schwabenland
on the ground
“To this day, it is speculated if Hitler died in his bunker in Berlin. To this I have to say, probably not. We know that in the last days of April, Hanna Reitsch flew General Ritter von Greim, the last Luftwaffe Commander in Chief, to Berlin. With a Fiesler Storch she landed on the Avus (a race track) and they met with Adolf Hitler. After the meeting, they flew out again.
On May 1st 1945, we were told: ‘Hitler died fighting in Berlin, leading his troops against the Russian Army!’
On May 2nd an Fw 200 landed at our airfield at Königgratz in Czechoslovakia. It was surrounded by special guards. Nobody could approach it as the plane was being refueled. From a distance of 25 meters, I saw everything as by chance, I was on the flight line. I could see some of the passengers in brown uniforms moving around in the plane. Then the Condor took off. Later we heard: ‘High-ranking officials from Berlin were en route to Spain!’I believe Hitler was on that plane.”
EDITOR NOTE – This is exactly what was written to us by our Member Baron GEORG von ZIRK (3290-1993) in a letter some years ago. GEORG was a navigator-bombardier all through the war a Heinkel HE 111 bombers. He survived the war and emigrated to the United States.
We had been informed of the existence of Colonia Dignidad some years ago by our friend & Sharkhunters Member INGRID SCHARFENBERG (3308-A/LIFE-1993). She explained that it was a maximum security village in Chile, founded by some 300 former SS men. The village was heavily armed and guarded – nobody was allowed inside. The honor, ethics and education of old Germany were strictly maintained inside.
In file photos we see the neatly maintained grounds – typical German lifestyle as we have seen throughout our travels in Germany and Austria. Everything is in order and well maintained.
However, some years ago, during the Chilean coup in which Salvador Allende was overthrown by the military under Augusto Pinochet, a dark cloud of suspicion came over Colonia Dignidad.
It was rumored that a great many outspoken supporters of Allende were brought into Colonia Dignidad by Pinochet followers – but they never came out……..at least not alive.
Towards the end of the 20th Century, the leader of the Colonia Dignidad, Paul Schäfer, was accused of child abuse on about two dozen children at the complex. Some think the charges were accurate while other think they were a convenient way to make him disappear and break up the tightly held community. He was jailed and died in prison at age 89.
Colonia Dignidad was renamed Villa Baviera sometime thereafter.
Now we see files sent to Sharkhunters by S.E.I.G. Agent REMBRANDT
The foregoing came to us from S.E.I.G. Agent REMBRANDT.
We have talked about DON ANGEL ALCAZAR de VELASCO (158-1985), now let’s meet him. He was an agent but by all reports, not a very good one. He initially worked for the Japanese “TO” spy right. “TO” means “East” but he soon worked for the German Intelligence groups.
One of his first assignments was to spearhead Operation “Willi” in which he was to befriend the former King Edward VIII (then the Duke of Windsor) who was living the high life in Lisbon, Portugal. The Duke, being of German bloodline, was constantly saying in the press that Germany could win the war and that England could be bombed into surrender. He was becoming an embarrassment to the Churchill Government but an unwitting friend to Germany.
DON ANGEL was tasked with befriending the former king and inviting him, as a sportsman, on a hunting trip into Spain. Once in Spain, the waiting SS//SD men would kidnap Edward and using him, they would force the Churchill Government into a peace between Germany and England. In the early days of the war, Hitler made numerous peace proposals to England but all were blocked by Churchill for whatever reason. DON ANGEL was not successful in this – Edward did not accept the invitation to go hunting and the entire operation was scrapped. What follows are some of the letters from DON ANGEL to Sharkhunters Founder and President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983).
The following four pages are one of the first letters from DON ANGEL.
Now the translation, thanks to NORBERTO FERADEZ (3796-1994):
“I have not been a submariner, although in reason of secret missions in the war I had to use this way for traversing the English Channel. I cannot precise (tell you) the number of the boat because in each voyage the number was changed.
I confess to have been afraid in the hours preceding each of my embarcations, which in itself was the first mystery in all the trips. Trips between the French and English coasts. Firstly I had to wait in the also secret place, for the craft which saved the watery distance between the shore and where the submarine was waiting. Once aboard, fear turned into pleasure. I felt liberated from the shadowing which I was subjected everywhere.
What remembrance do I have after 49 years (he sent this to us in the 1980’s) of the U-Boat in the early forties, when the war started to expand? My best remembrance is the admiration I felt for the crew of a submarine, no matter his flag. I regarded the submarine of that time as a theory of circumstances where the scientific factors most essential for the wonderful secret of playing fox-hunting (zorraria) converged. Despite the fact that I have just sailed in the “U” as a ‘parcel’ or ‘shipment’ to take a carry, I was part of it all, although not knowing a thing about it.
My remembrance of submarine cruisings, are integrally different from those who were responsible of my fate. My memories are reduced to the imprevisible.
The effects of diving were animical. I had no fear for what could arrive to me. I felt the event. What an experience! My condition of secret agent surely did impress the U-Boat officers, who had for me an admiration no smaller than what I had for them. For three times the commander let me control of the periscope, and I saw the enemy cargo vessels fall to the German torpedoes. There is no more beautiful spectacle than this, to see the enemy vessel cut in half and the two parts sliding slowly with air bubbles like pearls.
On my last voyage on an “U”, the most historically remarkable, I started with Martin Bormann off the Arosa Estuary (province of Pontevedra, Spain). It was a trip from which I expected no return. I said this to Bormann several times when the boat, tired, seemed unable to carry on. I held my fear without revealing it. I felt different types of distress:
•that of the sudden crash diving in presence of aircraft on routine flights who were out in search of any suspect vessel;
•the distress at the bad news of the ‘health’ of the submarine batteries;
•lacking technical service and repairation since some months before;
•and distress off the cold South Argentinean shores where many different warships tried to find in the Antarctic her last trip.
It was here, in the Antarctic, where the minds of the Thule Society reunited in order to study with care the reasons of the defeat, unknown to almost all the creatures on Earth, except to Admiral Byrd, who in 1946 aboard the Flagship USS MOUNT OLYMPUSsailed (on 2 December 1946) with a strong task force of the U.S. Navy towards the frozen continent and, following the words of the Admiral in the newspaper “El Mercurio” of Santiago de Chile (7 July 1947) entitled ‘The Pole is between us and our enemies’.
All this means that the declaration of Admiral Dönitz; ‘Command is in an impregnable paradise somewhere on Earth’ were no empty words. Byrd knew where this place was and who were in it. Years later I endeavored to find the file in which Byrd handed over to the President about this mystery, but I failed to obtain it. I failed also to ascertain who were the people who knew the content of this document, the most important of the whole war.
It is possible that in Cooper Enterprises some day, in a great book, we could detail what here is strictly forbidden.
When in the landing place we were received by my friend ‘Bover’, agent of the German Abwehr and of the ‘TO’, one of the Japanese services, and by two Germans whom neither Martin nor me did know. They said the key word (which even Bover did not know) and we all embraced. They reflected the fear for the worst, which they had suffered in the last hours. Radio contact with us was lost frequently owing to the bad state of the boat. It was repaired clumsily.
After an emotional farewell from the crew (one petty officer did weep) the group Bormann-Bover departed for a place I do not know, and I followed voyage to Buenos Aires on my own. Some days after, the press of Buenos Aires was given details of how a German submarine, battered and useless, was abandoned by the crew off La Plata and handed themselves to the Argentinean authorities.”
EDITOR NOTE – When DON ANGEL quoted Großadmiral Karl Dönitz, by “the command” he referred to the Government of the Third Reich in exile. Dönitz previously (in 1944) made the statement that the Kriegsmarine had found ‘an impregnable fortress for the Führer in Paradise’. It is believed that he meant the little village of San Carlos di Bariloche and with the help of Juan Peròn, no person or group could possibly approach these people.
………more from DON ANGEL
The translation, thanks again to NORBERTO FERADEZ (3796-1994):
“Dear Friend Cooper,
Thank you for the mention you made of me in KTB #44. I think it is most important to clarify that by an error of translation or a misunderstanding, you said that I carried Eichmann to Argentina. It is not so. The only Nazi which I brought to Argentina was Martin Bormann (a circumcised Jew although a Nazi). Eichmann (also a Jew) visited me at Madrid sent by a clergyman. Eichmann showed me a passport or safe conduct expended by the Vatican. I attended him for four days. Then he left without a trace. One month later came Martin Bormann and I have already told you how the voyage was.
The data I have about Mengele (again a Jew) does match with this published by newspapers. At Asuncion (Paraguay) a friend of mine told me in 1963 that he knew where he was and that if I wished to see him he would guide me to where he was hidden. I declined because I was sure that I was being followed. I have never seen Mengele. The same year the Israeli Intelligence Service, through one of its agents in Madrid, Mr. Casasola (he is still alive) proposed me to go looking for him. I said no.
Regarding Klaus Barbie – I knew him at Paris at the end of 1942. It was when Petain decorated who today is President of the French Republic – Mssr. Miterrand. The medal is called ‘Faderica’ and is conceded to the ‘refined loyalty’. Miterrand published many articles on a weekly magazine showing to be a great friend to the Vichy Government. I saw Barbie at La Paz in the year 1973. He was then a CIA agent and moved without obstacles.
I don’t remember anything of other Nazis. On 1965 I went to Gabon because there were in the Leprosery of Lambarenè two Germans sheltered by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, holder of the Premium Nobel, and I was informed that when Schweitzer passed away the two Germans left for the Chilean Patagonia.
I repeat: I did not carry Eichmann to the Argentinian Patagonia. I neither know how he arrived there.
It is very well that you will come here in July, Mr. Cooper. I am waiting for you. In the meantime, receive my warmest regards.”
EDITOR NOTE – Although it is not a popular thing to “out” people in high places, Francois Mitterrand was indeed a collaborator with Germany.
It is reported that Klaus Barbie’s CIA handler was Pierre Salinger who later became Press Secretary to President John F. Kennedy.
The translation, thanks again to NORBERTO FERADEZ (3796-1994):
I received your letter of the 13th of January, 1988 and I am pleased to give you the good news. The last interpretation of my notes was correct of the letters I sent you before with respect to Eichmann. Yes, my friend Cooper, the interpretation you have made is not just. The voyage of Adolf Eichmann to Argentina had nothing to do with the one made by Bormann, and I don’t know how he did it. He was not my tenant (responsibility). I never knew where he stayed in Madrid, and I never cared to find out. Nevertheless, in the analogy I made in our conversations, I deduct that he was staying in secret in one of the colleges; in one of the religious orders situated in the neighborhood called Salamanca de Madrid (I never asked him because I thought it was not polite, and by logic he mistrusted everyone). He called me every morning at noontime and we always had a meeting at different places. Twice he called to my house and we had lunch at the accustomed hour of Spain, two in the afternoon in different restaurants.
A very important piece of information – I invited him to a bull fight and he told me he didn’t like it because he didn’t like to see the death of an animal. All this happened before Bormann and I made the trip to Patagonia. During the trip (DON ANGEL and Bormann) we didn’t talk a word about Adolf (Eichmann). Like I said to you before, Harry, he was carrying documentation (travel papers) from the Vatican.
The third and fourth points of your letter of the 13th are totally correct.
Nevertheless, the fact that I knew Klaus Barbie in Paris in the year 1942, does not mean that I knew all his activities. He introduced to me a Captain of the SS who told me that Barbie was dedicated to persecute terrorists. The interview of my friend with Barbie resulted in the blowing (dynamiting) of the three parts of the electrical conduction (power lines, towers and ?????). I never knew anything else.
Barbie has worked in Bolivia and other South American countries with the CIA for 30 years and it was him who was one of the major people responsible for the elimination of “Che” Guevara. His relationship with different Jews was normal.
Bormann died in the year 1978 and Mengele in 1981. With Mengele I never had a contact. You know that Mengele was Jewish by race (like Bormann). He was circumcised and this made him take maximum precautions. I knew in Paraguay he was protected for some time by Jews with the National Socialist (Nazi??) spirit, enemies of the Zionists. The Jews have applied to the National Socialists and this is one more of history’s lies, with which a lot of Jews never agreed. Bormann always got angry when he the word “Nazi” applied as a nationality.
I am not sure if I can meet with you at the next Convention; nevertheless I am sure we will see each other and have a hug and talk in Madrid. I was introduced to a young friend of mine with the same ideology who spoke very good German, English, French and had knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.
No, the number of the submarine that from the entrance of the Ria de Arosas (a bay)…….we went to the Patagonian coast of Argentina; I never really knew. When we got into the submarine, I seem to remember the number was U-313. (I am not too certain because numbers are dancing in my memory). But the Commander told me that it was a code number. When we crossed the latitude of Dakar, far to the east, on the high seas, they changed the number…and it was changed again when we got close to the South American waters. I never asked for the new numbers, the number that was used in La Plata, Argentina, the last one was reported in the press especially in Argentina and Uruguay. It is easy to find it in the libraries of that year. But I repeat, none of the numbers is close to yours (Cooper asked him about U-530 and U-977). I remember now that the Captain told me that the last two years of the war he was with the submarine around South American waters. He knew the South American waters.
I’m glad that you live in Tampa. Be careful who is translating this letter. In Tampa there are many Cubans who speak Spanish but only a few who understand the meanings.
EDITOR NOTE from Cooper – An interesting note actually. Some years ago, I was on the Board of the school my son attended and another of the Board members was a mother from Columbia. When she learned of the research I was doing into the Third Reich in South America, she told me that her father had coffee almost every morning with several friends including a German. One day the German didn’t make it for coffee and they heard that he was arrested. When she gave me the dates and details, I informed her that her father’s coffee buddy was actually Klaus Barbie.
Here, thanks to NORBERTO FERADEZ (3796-1994) is the translation of the newspaper report on the previous page. This is from the “Information General” of Domingo (Sunday) 24 November 1996.
“IN SEARCH OF 2 NAZI SUBMARINES
The Department of the Navy started yesterday the search for two Nazi submarines which some believe had run aground in a far away area in the South Atlantic one month after the end of the Second World War. The beginning of the search coincided with the testimonial of a witness who said she saw the vessels from the window of her home.
A Coast Guard vessel is standing by near the inlet known as ‘Caleta de los Loros’ approximately 140 kilometers southwest of Viedma, the capital of Rio Negro. Two scuba divers of the Marine Biology Institute named ‘Almitante Storni’ started the diving exercises after four o’clock in the afternoon.
The divers Luis ‘Tony’ Brochado and Sandro Acosta will conduct their search using two cables approximately 30 meters long each, secured to two inflatable boats powered by potent outboard motors. The objective of this mission is to carefully ‘comb’ the bottom of the inlet.
‘If weather conditions remain favorable, it is possible that by tomorrow we may have some clue as to what lies on the ocean floor in this area’.
Pilot Mario Chironi, who claims he saw, while flying over the area in the 1950’s, the remains of a vessel, is also participating in the search, providing air support to the divers.
‘We estimate that the surface of the area to be ‘combed’ is approximately ten hectares with depths of six to eight meters at low tide’,
noted Brochado. An 80 year old woman by the name of Gisella Boche de Paesani, said yesterday that ‘At the end of the Second World War’ she saw a vessel from the window of her house, which is located in front of the South Atlantic Coast.
‘It was mid-morning, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. I was knitting; when I put down the needles for a few minutes and went to the window to look outside and the rest my eyes for a while. It was then that I saw a submarine in the area known as ‘La Caleta de los Loros’;
the old lady said.
The witness also said she related the vessel with the Nazi submarine because that same morning she had ‘heard on the radio that German vessels were patrolling the area’; Mrs. Paesani added. ‘The submarine disappeared and later an airplane went by, so I figured they were looking for the ships.’
The area known as ‘La Caleta de los Loros’ is located in the Gulf of San Matias. Only a forest ranger lives in this area. The region is considered a ‘natural reserve’ area, and has no accommodations whatsoever for tourists.”
EDITOR NOTE – When this story first broke, I was contacted by a future friend and Sharkhunters Member Lieutenant Commander (of the Argentine Navy) Dr. EDUARDO GERDING (6895-2004) called me and gave us all this information. I immediately called an Argentinean Admiral and asked about this. The Admiral constantly said that it was top secret. I explained that there was nothing top secret about what appeared to be a Type VII-C German U-Boat. He would not bend – for an entire week my calls were all received with “It is all top secret, Senor Cooper!” but I persisted and after that first week, his answer changed greatly.
“What German U-Boat, Senor Cooper?” is all he said. It was obvious that something was going on and a cover-up was in play but being in the USA and the Admiral in Argentina, it was not possible to meet him face to face or to do any further digging - not then in 1996, but later………..
Now thanks to NORBERTO FERADEZ (3796-1994) is the translation of the next newspaper report on the previous page. This is the article that beginning “ARMADA CONFIRMO….”
“THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY CONFIRMED THAT THERE WERE NAZI SUBMARINES IN THE SOUTH
(Navy documents prove the presence of German vessels in 1945)
San Carlos di Bariloche – Finally, the nation’s president Carlos Menem, (photo right) kept his promise given a month ago in ‘El Bolson’ and ‘The Armada Argentina’. The Navy started to acknowledge that the government of Juan Domingo Perón was fully aware of the presence of Nazi submarines in the jurisdictional waters of Argentina.
The successor of Adolf Hitler, Martin Bormann, other Nazi officials and some of the gold of the Third Reich had arrived in Argentina in those vessels, according to investigators of this fascinating subject.
The Argentine government has not made too many comments on the subject. They have merely released some documents which add to the fact that the Navy was on a state of watch because German submarines were seen patrolling the Argentinean coast in 1945.
According to these documents which have been labeled ‘Top Secret’, the Navy back then had orders to attack the fearful ‘grey wolves’ even as late as July 1945, almost three months after Germany had signed the armistice.
This article is the first official reaction after the Patagonian newspaper ‘La Manna del Sur’ conducted an investigation in which it seemed evident that two German submarines still remain beneath the waters of the Gulf of San Matias 1,000 meters off the coast of Rio Negro. The sensational news given at the end of last year reached international proportions and made the Argentinean President Carlos Menem, announce that the Argentinean Government as well as the Argentinean Navy would collaborate to solve the problem, ‘even though it is not a problem’ Menem commented in an interview with the newspaper mentioned above.
In reality the first move of the Navy was to open the file of Carlos Massey, an ex-diver with the Department of the Navy, who played a key role in the investigation of the sunken submarines in the Gulf of San Matias.
In August of 1978, Massey was summoned by the Department of the Navy who at the time was considering refloating the two submarines found at the bottom of the Atlantic at a depth of 14 meters.
In the seventies a class Neptune airplane, property of the Navy, detected two silhouettes during a patrol while a low-tide was taking place in the vast Patagonian coast.
The episode generated great turmoil and uproar, which never transcended publicly, because initially it was thought that these vessels were Russian submarines who were prowling the Argentine coast.
A STATE OF TENSION
Argentinean warships and combat airplanes were sent to the scene in a state of nervousness which finally dissipated when the authorities were convinced that is reality all it amounted to was the rusted hulls of two Nazi submarines.
In spirit of the voluminous file containing all this information kept by the Navy at the General Belgrano Naval Base, the truth about these submarines have never been officially recognized. What the Argentine Navy did recognize was the work of the Patagonian press, after 50 years of top secret information.
PART II – SUGGESTIVE TIES WITH THE PROCESS
Neuquen (special news from ‘La Manna del sur’) former German officers and sailors who fought during the Second World War used to meet frequently with top Argentinean Navy officials during the last military government in 1978. These former military men would offer military advice when the conflict with Chile came about. The same thing occurred in 1982 with the conflict between England and Argentina over the Falklands.
This information given above was obtained by this newspaper through Gustavo Nagel, a relative of Otto Nagel, a German submariner who served in the Kriegsmarine as a volunteer, and who later passed away in the city of Quilmes, Argentina.
According to Ruben Nagel, his father’s cousin joined the German Navy as a volunteer and served in various capacities; one of them as a translator. However, according to German files Otto Nagel had served as Captain of U-640 until May 17, 1945 under the name of Carls II Nagel; date in which the submarine was considered lost in action.
According to the source, the German captain returned to this country at the end of the war, even though he never recuperated from the defeat that his country had suffered. He had abandoned his family to go to war and now he was alone and feeling depressed. He would have nostalgic recollections of the life aboard his submarine.
Since his arrival to Argentina until the time he died, Nagal would periodically meet with other comrades in arms in Quilmes and the Federal Capital. In these reunions were men from the GRAF SPEE, the corsair of the Third Reich, which was sunk in ‘Rio de la Plata’ by her own crew.
In these reunions participated high ranking German officers who attended these reunions with their medals slightly disguised under their overcoats. Ruben Nagel remembered;
‘….these reunions among Argentinean and former German military men were described to me by a high ranking German officer who had lost a leg in the war and who died some years ago, after living for a long time only four blocks from my own house.’
Nevertheless Ruben Nagel clarified the fact that he did not remember the German’s name, last name or military rank.
Likewise, he pointed out that;
‘every year they would meet to celebrate Argentine military men a specific or symbolic date and they would always say it was a gesture of comradeship and brotherhood which no civilians could join.’
EDITOR NOTE – It is obvious which “specific” or “symbolic” date they mean ………..Hitler’s birthday on 20 April.
As previously indicated, this is a photo of one such birthday celebration in Argentina. Look closely at the photo being held in the center of this shot.
EDITOR NOTE – Many have asked how anyone could escape Europe in the closing moments of the war with such a huge US Navy and Royal Navy presence across the North Atlantic. PIZZARRO solved that problem. Here is his explanation.
As reported in KTB #222 in 2009, at the end of April 1945, when the Red Army was on the Oder River, the Americans were in Hamburg and the British in Kiel and the war was all but over, why would Großadmiral Karl Dönitz send a total of 103 U-Boats into action in areas where they had virtually no chance of success? We showed the reason – it was to pull every warship off the North Atlantic and to positions on the American coast and to England and the European coast, leaving a wide swath of open Atlantic on the north-south longitude of 30º west. For 500 kilometers on either side of this longitude, from north to south, there were no Allied ships as they were engaged in ASW operations on the eastern and western side of the Atlantic. It was a superhighway, an autobahn as it were for ships, U-Boats etc. to sail south for South America.
Just about anything that could float and submerge was pressed into this operation including Type VII, Type IX and even Type XXIII boats were involved. There were eighteen U-Boats sent to operate off the American and Canadian coast including Type IX-C as well as the very long range Type IX-D2 boats.
Other boats were sent to operate around England and a few into the Arctic Sea, and they included:
U-218, U-242, U-244, U-245, U-246, U-249, U-255, U-260, U-275, U-278, U-285, U-286, U-287, U-293, U-295, U-296, U-299, U-307, U-312, U-313, U-315, U-318, U-320, U-321, U-325, U-326, U-396, U-398, U-399, U-427, U-481, U-483, U-485, U-486, U-636, U-637, U-668, U-681, U-683, U-711, U-714, U-716, U-722, U-739, U-764, U-773, U-774, U-775, U-776, U-778, U-825, U-826, U-901, U-905, U-907, U-953, U-956, U-963, U-965, U-968, U-977, U-978, U-979, U-992, U-995, U-997, U-1001, U-1002, U-1003, U-1004, U-1005, U-1009, U-1010, U-1017, U-1019, U-1021, U-1022, U-1023, U-1024, U-1055, U-1058, U-1064, U-1105, U-1106, U-1107, U-1109, U-1169, U-1195, U-1202, U-1203, U-1206, U-1272, U-1274, U-1277, U-1302, U-1305, U-2321, U-2322, U-2324, U-2326, U-2329, U-2336 and U-2511.
Many of our Members rode these boats including:
U-315: DETLEV ZIMMERMANN (247-LIFE--1987)
Diving planes operator
U-315: HERBERT ZOLLER (366-1987) Commander
U-764: Hans-Kurt von Bremen Commander. He was not a Member, but he always attended our Patrols in Wilhelmshaven.
U-968: OTTO WESTPHALEN (329-1987), Commander
U-978: WOLDEMAR TRIEBEL (197-LIFE-1986), I.W.O.
U-978: GÜNTHER PULST (330-1987), Commander
U-995: HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985), Commander
U-1202: ROLF THOMSEN (6327-2001), Commander
The photo of THOMSEN was taken on 29 April 1945 as he was decorated with the Oak Leaf to his Knights Cross. The war was all but over and the expression on his face tells it all.
A total of 103 U-Boats were sent into action in the closing weeks of the war and look at the U-boat numbers. There were six of the newest boats Type XXIII plus one Type XXI boat sent into this operation. As we know, U-2511 under Schnee did not have any opportunity to actually engage in combat but the fact that he and all these other boats were near the shores of the United States, Canada, England and the approaches to Russia was enough to pull all the ships out of the middle of the North Atlantic and leave a gaping wide open route to South America.
Many have asked how this could happen – now you know ……and if you consult your sea charts in the southern Atlantic, you will find the secret island Trindade just about on the center of the open sea ‘highway’, ready to outfit any ships or U-Boats passing by with food and fresh water. Can you see how all the pieces fit together so perfectly ……but wait – as the TV commercials always say………..there is more.
Comments from Members
An email of 3 December 2013 from GARY JACKSON (6396-2001) says:
“My mother went with her parents before the war ended in 1945 to Colombia. He father, my grandfather, worked for Standard Oil there. My mother was 18 at the time and got a job in Bogota working as a secretary for the president of Avianca Colombian Airlines. In those days right after the war many of the offices and hangars still had the German language signs posted around the offices and hangars from when the Germans had operated the airline.
Around 1947 she was invited by a good Colombian girlfriend to attend a party one evening, attended by many foreigners and my mother did not know or understand the languages they spoke. Towards the end of the party her friend had arranged for another woman and her male companion to give her a ride back to her place in their car.
My mother had no idea who Martin Bormann was at the time. The only reason my mother remembered this man so well is what happened next, as my mother found it very strange. The man had been very quiet and polite throughout the evening, not really attracting attention to himself. As they were leaving, the man opened the car door for my mother and her friend, the woman in the front seat called out to him, calling him Martin in Spanish.
All of a sudden the man began screaming at the woman in German and in Spanish, yelling that he had told her never to call him that name. My mother never forgot that little incident as that man just exploded in rage and it was so strange as she could not understand why anyone would get upset by being called Martin. After that night, she never saw that man again.
Years later when she saw several photos of Martin Bormann in a book she realized who that man was. Later my mother married and moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela where I was born. Growing up there over the years I saw many German families, who never liked their children to associate with the American oil company family kids, something at the time I could not understand why, but what I remember most was the men or fathers of those German kids, as many seemed to be tall and blond, and always seemed physically fit. So when you write that Hitler and others might have survived in Latin America, I’m sure they did.
Recent email from US Air Force pilot JIM PRESTON (7168-2007):
“I doubted his (Hitler’s) death long before I became one of you in Sharkhunters Harry, but after my trip with you to Argentina I was convinced.”
JIM was with us on our 2010 Sharkhunters “Patrol” to Argentina.
Recent email from MIKE TORRESON (371-LIFE-1987):
“Very good explanation, given the way ‘leaders’ of powerful nations act; also given the fact that ‘our’ CIA was a ‘joint venture’ with General Gahlen to bring all those truckloads of Soviet Intel, not to mention other later ‘joint ventures’ (General Eisenhower showing up down there). You nailed it =:)”
Why Didn’t “THEY” Go After Him?
There is no question that Adolf Hitler and many others did indeed escape the crumbled Europe and lived out their lives in relative safety in South America, primarily Argentina – no question at all. However, a listener to the radio show of JEFF RENSE (7680-2013) on which I was the guest, asked a question that we have been asked in the past and it is a very valid question – a damn good question indeed. People have frequently asked;
“Why didn’t THEY go after Hitler?”
As I said, a very good question – so I immediately ask who is THEY?
There is a moment of silence and//or stumbling as they think past their initial question, then they say “ISRAEL”.
We remind them that there was no such state as Israel at the end of the war and in fact, Israel did not exist until some years later.
They stumble and stammer some more, they then say “The Mossad”. We remind them that since there was no Israel, there was also no Mossad and even once there was an Israel in 1948, they were a tiny new nation just trying to stay alive in those days so it could not have been Israel and the Mossad.
Then their eyes light up and they ask the really obvious question;
“What about the USA?”
To fully understand why Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun//Hitler, Martin Bormann and hundreds, perhaps even thousands of men who held high positions in the Third Reich were safe in Argentina we must look at the situation there. These men came under the protection of Juan Perón and the Argentine military. This ‘friendship’ was bought with billions of dollars worth of treasure brought to Argentina and principally under the control of Martin Bormann. In addition to the massive wealth, men of the Reich founded a nuclear research laboratory on an island at the village where Adolf Hitler and so many more lived – Heumel Island on Lake Nahuel Huapi at the town of San Carlos di Bariloche. Perón built his mountain troop training school on the mainland a few hundred yards across the lake from this island. According to some, Dr. Richter and his team achieved the world’s first cold fusion at this island laboratory in the early 1950’s.
The Argentine Air Force was completely rebuilt and restructured right after the war, thanks to at least three of the Luftwaffe’s very best. They were Werner Baumbach, Commander of Kampfgeschwader 200 (KG 200, the bomber squadron that had all the high-tech and secret planes); Hans-Ulrich Rudel, probably the best all-round pilot ever – he sank a battleship, many smaller ships, uncounted trucks and more than 500 Soviet tanks for which he was decorated with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaf, Crossed Swordsand Diamonds – in GOLD; and there was the “Fighter General” ADOLF GALLAND (2854-1993). All this was on top and fairly well known, but there were many, many others of the Third Reich who were needed by Perón as he more or less bought his way to the top in Argentina.
Further, there were hundreds of former SS men in and around Bariloche. They had heavily armed security both on the land and on the lake, so no small clandestine force would have had any possibility of success. Add to this the large ring of observation points in the mountains all around the lake and in the town. It would have been impossible for anything short of an all-out large scale invasion to get into the area.
Why didn’t the USA ‘go after Hitler’? With all this protection from Perón and the unlikelihood that Perón would ever willingly give up any of these men to the USA or to anyone else, nothing short of a full scale invasion could have even begun to accomplish this and the USA was tired of war. But there is another compelling reason.
This now is theory mind you, but based on hard facts. At this point, we look back to 1958 when yours truly was a young punk in the United States Air Force and I spent the first six months of that year in intense weapons training at Lowrey Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. In the early part of our training, we watched films of the United States early attempts to build a nuclear bomb. The US special weapons project was moving very slowly and in fact, if I remember correctly in the book “Japan’s Secret War” by ROBERT WILCOX (25-1984) released in 1984, BOB wrote that Japan test fired their first nuclear device a week before the US did.
German U-Boats were trying to make the dangerous voyage to Japanese held ports in the Indian Ocean and in the Pacific carrying all sorts of high tech weaponry and uranium. The Allies had the codes and knew which boats were carrying what, and they were ambushed by British submarines as they came over Denmark and into the Denmark Straits.
U-234 was under the command of JOHANN HEINRICH FEHLER (32-1984) and he was not a young Skipper like the others who walked into the trap. He had been a merchant Skipper before the war and in the early days, was the Demolitions Officer aboard the raider ATLANTIS.
Sensing there was something amiss with his ordained course, he changed course and so the Royal Navy submarine waiting in ambush for U-234 had no target as the wily FEHLER had gone a different way. The cease fire order from Großadmiral Karl Dönitz found U-234 in the North Atlantic so they had a choice where to put in for their surrender. After an officer’s conference, they surrendered to the USA – with their 560 kilos of uranium.
Looking back upon my Spec-Weps training, the USA was struggling but right around the time of the German surrender, the US Spec-Weps program took a gigantic leap forward. We were told it was because our brilliant scientists had done magnificent work etc. but as we look back, we must wonder about this.
Photo below – inspecting U-234 in the US after her surrender
Germany surrendered and suddenly the USA had all manner of brilliant German scientists, fissionable material for weapons building, intercontinental ballistic missiles, jet planes and even rocket powered planes, the first true submarine (the Type XXI and Type XXIII) and God knows what else. Even today we do not know all that came over from Germany after their surrender.
So what if………what if the agreement was made to turn over all this information, material, scientists etc. to the USA and in exchange, nobody would go after Hitler and the others. It was a pretty easy decision to make. On the one hand, the US would receive untold advancements in science, weaponry and other greatly needed areas as already described and Hitler and the others of the Reich would be allowed to live out their lives quietly in Argentina.
On the other hand, if agreement was not reached, how many thousands of the top German scientists would have gone to the Soviet Union? The atomic bomb would not have been ready for Hiroshima or Nagasaki, meaning the deaths of hundreds of thousands of American troops and most likely almost the entire Japanese race who were prepared to fight to the last man if necessary.
The Soviet Union would have been the leader in nuclear armament, would have had the jet fighters, the rockets, the ICBMs etc. much earlier. In other words, if the agreement had not been reached, the war in the Pacific would have gone on much longer, millions more would have died, and the USSR would have been the leader in all phases of weaponry and then the USA would have had to march into Argentina in a full military invasion.
As I already said, this is my theory but I think it is a pretty solid one and, backed up by the thousands of files we have from the various research archives thanks to S.E.I.G. Agents TAUCHER and REMBRANDT, and our best S.E.I.G. Agent of all – PIZZARRO; there is no doubt in my mind that this is what happened. We have files from the US National Archives, from Dutch Intelligence and from various archives abandoned when the STASI moved out.
There is no way anyone else could pull all this together and that is why I am absolutely certain this is the way it actually happened. Sharkhunters is not a part time hobby – I work 12 to 14 hours per day in my office or I am in the field in Argentina, in Germany, in Austria, on forgotten islands, Brazil and so many other places. There is no doubt in my mind that Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Martin Bormann and hundreds of others did indeed go to Argentina and other than Adolf Eichmann and Klaus Barbie, lived out their lives in peace and safety thanks to the factors put forth in this book.
What Do Others Think of This Theory?
CARTER MANIERE (6352-2001) emailed:
“I’d venture a guess that since AH had provided the vehicle for untold millions or billions to the Military-Industrial Complex, as well as the various banks and bankers who funded all of the war, he was rewarded with safety for the remaining years of his life. You have most likely read or heard of ‘Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler’. Look at all those tens of thousands of aircraft and ships, tanks etc. built in the US and Britain – how many are left, where did they end up and who paid for them…..and just who got the profits?”
From BILL KRUSE (6659-2003):
“I like your theory about why no one in the US tried to go after Hitler when he escaped to Argentina. It certainly fits for the times we were in and the benefits we got through the acquisition of German scientists like Werner von Braun. It was the perfect get away! Keep up the good work of keeping history straight.”
KEITH SANDERS (7035-2006) is with British Military and he says:
“Well done. I agree with you and your summation of the flight in both senses of the word! For me, the disappearance of the 560 kg (of uranium) from the L of C says it all. We have an annotated copy of a document from the TNA where the figure 560 and the annotation ‘X’ has been added possibly by British Intelligence. We had the elimination of all documentation relating to the German Nuclear Factory on the orders of Harold Wilson in 1966. Harold was a suspected Soviet Agent anyway! You will find on my DVD a reference page from the RAOC Gazette published in 1946 referring to the German Atomic Bomb Factory. Last year the RLC Museum demanded to know which issue I had found the reference. So shortly I will visit again to see if that magazine too has ‘disappeared’. The RAOC, RASC, Pioneers etc. have been merged into the Royal Logistics Corps or the ‘Really Large Corps’ as we call it.”
From JAGO SINGH (7159-2007) in Malaysia;
“Fully agree with your theory. If this agreement had not been reached, not only would the Soviets become the first nuclear power, they also would have had no hesitation to use A-bombs on US forces in Europe if they did not return home immediately.
Consequently – the RED IRON CURTAIN would have begun from the French Coast to the Sea of Japan!!!”
From BARRY HACKNEY (7659-2012):
“As usual, you make perfect sense. Operation ‘Paperclip’ brought a large number of German scientists who were known Nazis to the US, which greatly bolstered US advances in many fields, kept them out of Soviet hands and greatly enhanced US advances in weapons, aerospace, medicine and industry. It fueled the US post war economic boom and enabled great strides in military technology. The Congress and the powerful leftist lobby did not want them, but the OSS realized the dire need to get them here rather than to the Soviet Union, so it was done quietly with fake documentation. It is not unreasonable that part of the deal was quietly allowing Argentina to keep some Nazis and Hitler, who was no longer a threat to anyone and not healthy enough to contemplate any kind of a comeback.
EDITOR NOTE – We have in hand, a very large list of the many, many German and Austrian scientists that were brought into the USA. A page or two of such files appear in this book. Some were Members of Sharkhunters including Dr. HEINZ SCHLICKE (1820-1991) who worked in Milwaukee on military projects for years after the end of the war.
About the Author
Born and raised in Chicago and the western suburbs, Harry Cooper joined the US Air Force right out of high school. After six months intensive training is special weapons (hydrogen bombs) at Lowry Air Force Base (Denver) he was mis-assigned to Chanute Air Force only 100 miles from his home. To his very good luck, he was assigned to the base swimming pool as a lifeguard, working one day on and one day off, making it easy to go home every second day. When the summer ended, he was transferred to an active base and was assigned to the 98th Bomb Wing at Lincoln Air Force Base just outside Lincoln, Nebraska.
After spending two and a half years working with special weapons and since he always wanted to be a fighter pilot, he applied for Officer Candidate School as he neared his 21st birthday. He was the only one of 30 who passed the tough two-day long battery of tests and he was assigned an OCS class. His pilot’s physical gave him a clean slate to fly, but luck was not with him. The Air Force was so overloaded with pilots from World War II and Korea that Air Cadets was shut down. He could be an officer but not a pilot. That is not what he wanted.
He was then honorably discharged from the Air Force and went to college where he earned his BS in Business Administration and began his career in the Chicago area. Since he could not enter aerial combat, he chose the next best thing – he went into auto racing! He first tried his hand at drag racing and while driving for a friend, he was Class Champion 11 times out of 22 – pretty good. But the following year, he drove his own car and out of the next 26 weeks, he was Class Champion 26 times and Little Stock Eliminator four times, setting some national records along the way.
Then his heart turned to the oval tracks and after three successful years at the short tracks around Chicago, where he was a racing news sportscaster on the “Motorsports International” television show, he moved up to the big tracks and raced against A. J. Foyt, the Unser Brothers, Johnny Rutherford and other great racers. He was a Feature Editor at Stock Car Racing Magazine during his racing years doing ‘behind the wheel’ racing reports as well as monthly columns for major American and Australian racing magazines and was an executive for a Chicago firm.
Things changed drastically for him in 1976. His crew chief left for a job in the normal world, his assistant crew chief quit to open his own auto parts store and his best crew member quit to join the Air Force. While running the 1976 Texas 500 in the lead pack, his engine blew! On the way back to Chicago, the engine in the transporter truck blew. It was not a good sign. The final straw was when he got to the office the next day and found that his superior had left the company and his new boss was a corporate executive for whom Harry had no respect. Time for a change!
It really was time for a major change, so Harry sold everything, bought a 30-foot sailing yacht and went to live the quiet life in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. This was to change his life and in fact, the history of the War At Sea itself. It was there he became interested in the U-Bootwaffe.
While cruising in the southern Bahamas, Harry stopped at a strange island that had been a working plantation during the war years. There were the ruins of a mansion atop a hill, the remains of a barracks building and a radio shack nearby. The caretaker told him that a few German U-Boats had stopped there for fresh water during the war. That put the hook in Harry and once he returned to Chicago, he began to intensively research the U-Boat portion of WW II and has become the world’s preeminent expert on the subject.
Returning to the business world, he became Regional Vice President for a major company in Chicago but founded Sharkhunters in 1983. By mid-1987, he realized that it would be impossible to keep a regular job and then spend all the time necessary to contact the veterans, dig in the files, visit the veterans to interview them and all the other tasks necessary to preserving this history honestly. He made a tough decision.
On a Friday in July, he turned in the keys to his six offices around Illinois and quit his high-paying executive job, just two weeks after getting a nice raise in salary. His wife of just two years was most surprised with this decision and even more surprised (maybe even shocked) to learn that they were moving to Florida to do this research full time and at no salary. She was not convinced at all, since they were to have their first child in less than four months and now there was no insurance, no security - but this had to be done!
Fortunately, it succeeded and Sharkhunters has the great distinction of being the only real source for the history of the WW II U-Bootwaffe.
Harry is a LIFE member of the Adventurer’s Club in Chicago (former Editor of the newsletter), member of the Chicago Press Club and the International Press Club of Chicago. He wrote more than a dozen books, helped produce several television productions and escorted dozens of history tours around the world.
Harry is listed in “Who’s Who in America” as well as in “Who’s Who of American Business Leaders” and in 2006 was nominated as “Man of the Year” by the American Biographical Institute. He spent twelve years with the United States Coast Guard (Aux.) achieving the position of Flotilla Commander with a rank similar to a full Lieutenant. With this research, Harry has met and become friends with most of the surviving Skippers, many of the officers and crewmen from the U-Bootwaffe as well as American sub vets and world leaders from the US, the former Soviet Union and modern day Russia.
Founded in February 1983, Sharkhunters International is the first, the best and the only accurate and official source of published history on the U-Bootwaffe. The reason is simple; the data not only comes from official files and documents but it also comes from the memories of those who lived this war. The top Skippers, many of the officers and crewmen of the U-Bootwaffe were participating Members as were a great many Allied personnel including the four Medal of Honor American submarine Skippers of the war.
Many other great men were Members of Sharkhunters including these;
RONALD REAGAN (1858-1991) was a Sharkhunters Member from 1991 until his passing.
Sharkhunters ‘Patrols’ and ‘Expeditions’
In addition to publishing the most historically accurate information on the history of the U-Bootwaffe and the men who fought the war on both sides, Sharkhunters also organizes tours to many historic places for our Members. For instance:
Bunker Patrol from Berlin east to Warsaw.
Destroyed HQ of the OKW
Abandoned fortress in Poland
Gun bunker overlooking the Baltic
Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair)
Sharkhunters does not merely use files and documents in our research but we go to the places where this history took place. We videotape, shoot still photos and we walk in the footsteps of history. During this ‘Patrol’ we slept in the SS officers’ barracks at Hitler’s Wolfsschanze, the (Wolf’s Lair), where the assassination attempt was made on Hitler in 1944. Sharkhunters was there.
The Southern Redoubt/Fortress Area
The Allies feared the leaders of the Reich would make a desperate last ditch stand in the Bavarian Alps at the Obersalzberg with its bunkers, tunnels and fortifications, some of which are still undiscovered today.
Göring’s bunker entrance
Go to our website www.sharkhunters.com and click Previous Tours
At the U-Boat Memorial
The Skipper at the Periscope
With the veterans
At the submarine U-995
What the Allies Called the “Ratline”
Thousands of important men of the Third Reich escaped Germany in various ways but almost all of them departed from places like Villagarcia in Spain aboard tramp steamers, large wooden sailing ships and in some cases, by U-Boat. To replenish fresh water and food (pigs, goats & turtles) they could stop at Trindade.
Ready to leave the ship by chopper
Northern plateau; radio tower #2
Ruins on the southern plateau where radio tower #1 was built.
Special thanks to the Brazilian Navy for their tremendous help in making this expedition possible. Their ships, their personnel and their Navy was absolutely top notch. We could not have made this exploration to Trindade without them. Obrigado!
The Relocated Third Reich in Argentina
The Reich knew Golfo San Mathias very well before, during and after World War Two
Singing the old German military songs in a quiet restaurant in a little town deep in the Argentine wilderness
Sharkhunters goes where the history was made. We talk to the people who made this history; we talk to those who watched it happen; we talk to children of the people involved and we shoot our own photographs for the most accurate details possible. Much more information is released in the 2nd book in the Hitler Escape Trilogy entitled “The Secret Alliance”. It is the story of the long relationship between Germany and Argentina.
The Reich Moves to South America
And our Sharkhunters “Patrols” follow them…..
…..to an island in the southern Atlantic vacated by Brazil in 1939 for the use of the Kriegsmarine in the early stages of the war then again at the end of the war for two years after, including this radio facility built in 1939.
1939 German photo
2009 photo by the author
Who lived here in Argentina?
In this manor house?
In this eerie hotel?