Hitler’s South Pole Hideaway
Notes on a Strange World
Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1
“Searching for Hitler’s DNA in Antarctica” This is the bizarre headline that made the news a few months ago, launched by Russian news agency "Ria Novosti" and picked up by the world media after scientists were able to successfully drill into Antarctica’s Lake Vostok. The lake, a massive liquid reservoir cut off from daylight for fourteen million years and buried beneath two miles of ice, is the object of a years-long project to study its waters, which may house life-forms new to science. But what immediately caught the imagination was what seemed to be a revamping of the long-held myth that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide in his Berlin Bunker in May 1945 but was able to escape via submarine to a secret base at the South Pole.
Massive Swastika Found Under Ancient Lake in Antarctica
A shocking Ministry of Defense report on Russian media about a massive underwater structure shaped like a Nazi-like Swastika discovered in an ancient lake in Antarctica has sparked fears.
17 April 2014
The Russian scientific team that has successfully drilled 3,768 meters into the world’s largest submerged lake on the continent of Antarctica, believed to be untouched for over 20 million years, states that the underwater video camera discovered the “striking image” of a “golden-like Swastika” estimated to be no less than 100 meters in height and width.
According to this report, the discovery of this underwater Swastika was made late January, followed immediately by the Ministry ordering the scientists who have been working on this project for the past 20 years into silence.
Highly specialized encrypted communication devices has been dispatched to them. This unusual secrecy has added to existing fears as they had been "out of communication" for 5 days. Upon their receiving their new communication “devices” the scientists released their first report to the world through Russian state media’s "RIA Novosti" which added into their announcement of this historic mission the following:
“It is thought that towards the end of the Second World War, the Nazis moved to the South Pole and started constructing a base at Lake Vostok. In 1943, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz was quoted saying:
“Germany’s submarine fleet is proud that it created an unassailable fortress for the Führer on the other end of the world, in Antarctica".
With the current events at Lake Vostok, an old theory saying that German Nazis may have built a secret base there as early as the 1930s, has resurfaced. It is thought that towards the end of the Second World War, the Nazis moved to the South Pole and started constructing a base in Antarctica.
Russian interest in Antarctica, particularly Lake Vostok, were heightened after World War II when in 1947 American Admiral Richard E. Byrd led 4,000 military troops from the US, Britain and Australia in an invasion of Antarctica called "Operation Highjump", but who were reported to have encountered heavy resistance from Nazi "flying saucers" and had to call off the invasion.
According to German naval archives, months after Germany surrendered to the Allies in April, 1945, the German submarine U-530 arrived at the South Pole from the Port of Kiel.
Crew members constructed an ice cave and supposedly stored several boxes of relics from the Third Reich, including Hitler’s secret files.
It is also rumored that later the submarine U-977 delivered elite genetics to Antarctica for DNA cloning purposes. The subs then entered the Argentinean port of Mar-del-Plata and surrendered to authorities.
"It is thought that towards the end of the Second World War, the Nazis moved to the South Pole and started constructing a base at Lake Vostok," claimed "RIA Novosti", the Russian state news agency.
It cited Admiral Karl Dönitz in 1943 saying "Germany's submarine fleet is proud that it created an unassailable fortress for the Führer on the other end of the world", in Antarctica.
According to German naval archives, months after the Nazis surrendered to the Allies in April 1945, a U-530 submarine arrived at the South Pole from the Port of Kiel.
The crew are rumoured to have constructed a still undiscovered ice cave "and supposedly stored several boxes of relics from the Third Reich, including Hitler's secret files".
A later claim was that a U-977 submarine delivered remains of Hitler and Eva Braun to Antarctica in the hope they could be cloned from their DNA. The submariners then went to Argentina to surrender, it was claimed.
Now this requires, as you might suspect, a bit of commentary. First, the U-530 and U-977 did indeed show up in Argentina some months after the end of the war in Europe to surrender to Argentine authorities, which of course, in March of 1945, had entered the war on the Allied side, when Generalissimo Juan Peron declared war on his best friends, the Nazis [it will be recalled that a young Colonel Peron accompanied the Nazi delegation, including Hitler himself, when Hitler toured Paris after the Fall of France in June of 1940].
But what is not known is exactly where those U-Boats went nor what they were doing. Is it possible they went to Antarctica? Yes. Certainly. Is it possible that the Germans constructed some sort of base there during the war? Yes, that's also possible, though it is highly unlikely that this included the sorts of nonsense one hears in certain circles, namely, that they constructed a secret flying saucer research and manufacturing base there, defended with all sorts of exotic weaponry. For one thing, as I point out in "Saucers, Swastikas, and Psyops", the notion that the Nazis had developed any sort of practical field propulsion flying saucer is just patently absurd. If there was a base in Antarctica, it may have been for a limited U-Boat operation and/or weather monitoring, and possibly much more limited research.
As for Grand Admiral Dönitz's remarks, these too have often been construed - as the state-run Russian media apparently agrees - as implying Antarctica. But as I have also pointed out in numerous books, the Nazi compounds in and around San Carlos di Bariloche in Rio Negro province of Argentina are no strangers to harsh winters either.
If the "Unassailable Fortress" was in Antarctica, was it built by the Nazis, or discovered there?
Another artistic imagining of a similar Fortress
What is interesting here is why Russia would be calmly implying that the Nazi survival myth - to the exclusion of recent research that maintains
Hitler and Eva escaped to Argentine - is true. And that they might "uncover something" in Antarctica that would shed further light on the mystifying end of World War Two. My bet is, they already have, and for the moment, they're not talking, but they are letting people know that they have in their quiet, Russian, chess-playing way.
-- Joseph P. Farrell
I [May] Stand Corrected! New Videos of the German Expedition to Antarctica
Joseph P. Farrell
8 May 2011
As many of you who've read my books on the Nazi aspect of this big story know, I have long maintained serious doubts about the claims that during their 1938-1939 expedition to Antarctica they began the establishment of large bases there, and continued to do so during the war. My chief reason for opposition to this long-standing myth has been that operationally, it would have placed severe limitations on the German Kriegsmarine during the war. Additionally I have also maintained that the idea of a large research facility in Antarctica was also very dubious, since the advanced physics projects such as the Bell and so on would have required enormous electrical power, taxing those meager naval resources even more, for imagining shuttling by U-Boat from Germany the construction crews, technicians, and equipment to make all of it possible.
With that in mind, watch these films [they're about 12 minutes in length, total]. I apologize as I have not had the time to translate the various title cards that appear in the newsreels, but here, the message is in the pictures anyway.
First, let me say that there is no question in my mind that we are looking at actual authentic UFA newsreels of the 1939-1939 Ritscher Expedition to the southern-most continent.
It is this that makes the comparison between the two films interesting, for in the first, shorter film, one is given the impression that the expedition was conducted by a U-Boat, when in fact, the second film gets that part of the story correct: the expedition was led by Captain Ritscher, and it was mounted from a large sea-plane tender ship. But what I find really really interesting in the second film are the images. One sees clear evidence that the Nazis found large caves there, exactly as has always been maintained by the "Nazi Antarctica Myth".
But then the film shows some truly remarkable things, and does so without commentary; after showing us various pictures of large caves in Antarctica, it then goes on to show blueprints for a large underground Bunker or factory, and then its actual construction in Germany. It shows after this a picture of research facilities - again without commentary - with what appears to be two very large Van de Graf generators or Tesla coils, showing research facilities and electrical equipment.
All of this, of course, suggests that indeed the Nazis had plans for Antarctica, and that those plans exceeded those of using that continent merely as a U-Boat base.
The second film does not show or say anything else, but this is the clear impression that it gives. The difference between these two films suggests that the second one may never have seen the theater, for it is very revealing; the first film contains little to none of the imagery of the second.
Whether or not the Nazis ever did succeed in the plans suggested by the second film is not, for the moment, here at issue, but that the second film does in a way corroborate the persistent legend about Nazi survival in Antarctica, and it is true that the size of the caves depicted in the film could easily shelter a fairly substantial number of people. Sustaining them would have been the problem.
We are left again, with a maybe of Nazi survival in Antarctica, a maybe that could, might, just slimly support the idea of some sort of research facility, though that maybe just now grew a lot stronger.
There is a secret Nazi UFO base buried beneath the massive ice shelf on the continent of Antarctica, some conspiracy theorists are saying, and the proof can be found in NASA satellite photos and all the recent trips being made by high-ranking officials to the icy polar region, or so they contend. It would appear that recent events have conspired to breathe new life into the modern myth and conspiracy theory of Nazi flying saucer technology and the establishment of an extant underground base operating in Antarctica that just won’t die.
The "Daily Mail" reported this week that YouTube channel "SecureTeam10" posted a video wherein the avid UFO hunters posit the bizarre theory that a decade-old anomaly discovered in NASA photos suggests the existence of UFO bases built by Nazis during World War II. SecureTeam10 contends that scientists, even today, "have no idea or way to discover exactly what is buried deep under this thick ice shelf" and Antarctica is "shrouded in mystery".
But the UFO hunters suggest that new evidence highlights what could very well be tell-tale signs of the Nazi UFO bases. [It is a commonly held belief in conspiracy theory circles that "foo fighters" and flying saucers seen during World War II were part of the Nazi’s secret weapon development program]. "There is some evidence of this coming to light in recent years,”"the narrator comments in the video, "with images purporting to show various entrances built into the side of mountains, with a saucer shape and at a very high altitude. This begs the question: how would you enter these entrances without something that could fly and was the same shape as the hole itself?"
Much of this "evidence" comes from other conspiracy theory and UFO enthusiast YouTube channels, blogs, and websites, where speculative theories are often presented without substantive proof, factual evidence, and/or credible scientific deduction.
Another new addendum to the Nazi UFO base theory that SecureTeam10 makes reference to is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Antarctica, which has been presented as proof of a cover-up or the existence of something of great international importance being kept in the icy region. But, as the "Washington Post" reported, Kerry’s trip was to highlight the effects of climate change on Antarctica prior to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference in November.
But conspiracy theorists suggest that the U.S. Navy has also been sent to investigate the secret UFO bases.
Part of the new conspiracy theory is founded on the 2006 NASA photos of Antarctica that show a massive anomaly stretching 185 miles wide in a region of the icy continent known as Wilkes Land. But even the scientist who discovered the anomaly, Ralph von Frese, a professor of geological sciences at Ohio State University at the time, said it was the impression made by a gigantic asteroid impact.
"This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs," he said [per the "Daily Mail"], "and probably would have caused catastrophic damage at the time".
Since this is only a working theory, though, and has yet to be proven via tests and exploration, conspiracy theory enthusiasts and UFO hunters continue to push their own theories, including those that contend that secret UFO bases hide beneath the vast ice shelf.
The Antarctic Nazi UFO base conspiracy theory itself was debunked by a peer-reviewed paper published in "Nature" magazine in 2007. "Wired" reported that an extensive, point-by-point take-down of the conspiracy theory [and its various offshoots] was explored in the 21-page expository which noted, first and foremost, that Nazi Germany sent only a single mission to Antarctica, hoping to establish a viable whaling outpost, and spent just one day there — hardly enough time to construct, let alone maintain, an operational base. Colin Summerhayes of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Toronto-based Peter Beeching, the authors of the paper, used documentary evidence and their own first-hand experience of the Antarctic to dissect and debunk the strange and persistent conspiracy theory.
And yet, the Antarctic Nazi UFO base myth continues to thrive, possibly due to the simplistic logic of misguided wishful thinking, the power of suggestion, confirmation bias, and the conspiracy theorist stand-by fallacy that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Besides, as the thinking goes, the base [or bases] was secret, so it stands to reason that such a facility [or facilities] would not be extensively documented or catalogued [or perhaps even mentioned], and it has not been proven that there are no Nazi UFO bases underneath the icy wastelands.
-- 29 December 2016
Doubtful Death of Adolf Hitler
Such an idea started circulating immediately after the end of the war.
In 1952, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler’s death. Many people believe that Hitler escaped from Berlin". Stalin’s top army officer, Marshall Gregory Zhukov, whose troops were the first to enter Berlin, flatly stated after a long thorough investigation in 1945: “We have found no corpse that could be Hitler’s". The chief of the U.S. trial counsel at Nuremberg, Thomas J. Dodd, said: "No one can say he is dead". Former Secretary of State Jimmy Byrnes in his book "Frankly Speaking" stated that, after the war, at the Potsdam Conference of the Big Four, he met Stalin, who "left his chair, came over, and clinked his liquor glass with mine in a very friendly manner. I said to him: ‘Marshal Stalin, what is your theory about the death of Hitler?’ Stalin replied: ‘He is not dead. He escaped either to Spain or Argentina'.
If so many Nazi officers and criminals, like Adolf Eichmann or Josef Mengele, were able to escape undisturbed from defeated Germany, who’s to say that a diabolical mind like Hitler’s could not have set up a plan in order to simulate his own death? After all, it was known that, like many dictators, he used doubles in order to disorient his enemies. What if he had left the body of one such double in Berlin while he was fleeing to the South Pole?
It appears that in the early 1930s, the imaginations of Nazi hierarchs and maybe Hitler’s as well was captured by theories that the Earth was hollow inside and inhabited by a superior race. In particular, Madame Blavatsky’s esoteric theories had inspired the notorious Thule Society, the extremist right-wing German secret group that later reorganized and became the Nazi Party. Anxious to demonstrate the superiority of the Aryan race, theorists accepted legends of advanced civilizations living inside the Earth: such a superior breed had to be the Reich’s progenitor.
Nazis on Ice
Proof is lacking, but some claim that Hitler had ordered an expedition aiming to find the entrance to the inside of the Earth and that this had been located at the South Pole. Admiral Karl Dönitz referred to this during the Nuremberg trial when he stated: “The German submarine fleet has even now established an earthly paradise, an impregnable fortress, for the Führer, in whatever part of the world". Although he did not specify where the exact location was, many believed it was Antarctica.
After the war, Nazi sympathizer Ernst Zündel claimed that Hitler and a trusted group of men had been able to escape aboard a ship in which they entered the Earth through a hole at the South Pole. Inside the Earth, Nazi scientists worked to build a new army with which to take over the world. An army that could count on revolutionary round, flying vehicles: UFOs.
Hitler didn't escape, Russian forensic centre says
28 June 2008
Moscow - The Russian Centre for Forensic Medicine issued an unusual denial Saturday, saying German dictator Adolf Hitler didn't escape to a secret base at the South Pole at the end of World War II but died in Berlin. Viktor Zvyagin, the head of the identification department, told the "RIA Novosti" news agency that "for the specialists in Russia and abroad there is no doubt that Hitler died on 30 April 1945".
Russian media reports had recently speculated that Hitler managed to flee Berlin before it fell to Russian troops.
The charred corpses of Hitler and his wife Eva Braun were found in a bomb crater in Berlin and this was proven by forensic tests, Zvyagin stressed.
The dictator had taken his life; Eva Braun and trusted propagandist Josef Göbbels had as well. Following Hitler’s orders, the bodies had been burned. When the Soviet army arrived they found the charred remains and could not recognize who they belonged to. The remains were subsequently examined with forensics, and their true identities were ascertained. The corpses were then buried and in 1970 Brezhnev ordered them exhumed, incinerated, and dispersed in the waters of the Elbe, in order to prevent fanatics’ pilgrimages.
Legends Never Die
If all of this is clear, then why is it that the claim of a possible escape by Hitler can still make front-page news? Because urban legends never really die, and with the new findings at Lake Vostok, someone unearthed a forgotten story. Some claim that according to German marine records, months after the Nazis surrendered to the Allies in 1945, the U-530 submarine reached Antarctica from Kiel. There, the members of the crew did not build a fortress for the Führer, but inside an ice cave they may have hidden some crates containing Third Reich relics and, even, DNA samples of Hitler and Eva Braun for cloning purposes. With their mission accomplished, the sailors reached Argentina and surrendered to Mar del Plata authorities.
However, notwithstanding sensational headlines in some newspapers, it appears highly unlikely that we will soon read about the finding in Lake Vostok of such a cave and its crates. And this silence, without a doubt, will represent further proof that the relics really exist, at least to those who love to see conspiracies everywhere.
Researchers find secret Nazi base —built to search for ancient artifacts— in the Arctic
23 October 2016
An expeditionary team from the Russian Arctic National Park has just found a secret Nazi base named ‘Schatzgräber’ or ‘Treasure Hunter’ in the Arctic. The team found more than 500 objects of historical value in the ruins of what was once a Nazi base, said to have been built to search the arctic for ancient artifacts. The secret base is believed to have been one of the many sites built by the Nazi’s in their quest for supremacy.
More specifically, the finding was made last August —as local media reveals— in Alexandra, an island located more than 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole.
While people were cautious when the discovery was made a couple of months ago due to the lack of images and conclusive evidence, the news has gone viral as the team has posted a video where we can see a number of artifacts and the base completely in ruins.
The mysterious base, named ‘Schatzgräber’ or ‘Treasure Hunter’ was erected in 1942 – just one year after the Third Reich invaded Russia.
Experts believe that the ‘Schatzgräber’ base may have been part of a much larger mission that was put in place when the Nazi’s searched for ancient artifacts.
So far, experts have recovered around 500 objects from the site. The ruins of the base, petrol cannisters, and even paper documents are among the items recovered by Russian researchers. The objects are in a relatively good condition, preserved by the intense cold.
It is believed that in 1944, Treasure Hunter personnel were evacuated after an illness broke out after consuming contaminated polar bear meat.
Six years after, in 1950, the secret base was dismantled.
However, one of the most mysterious details surrounding the secret Nazi base is why the Nazi’s decided to call a ‘weather station’ ‘Treasure Hunter.’
Were they looking for actual treasures? If so, why the Arctic? What were the Nazi’s expecting to find in such an inhospitable area?
Many people believe that the Nazi’s had several bases not only in the Arctic but in Antarctica as well.
It is well known that during the Second World War, the Nazis carried out a number of strange experiments with alleged technologies unknown to the rest of the world in their attempt to rule the world.
They searched the planet for mythical artifacts and otherworldly technology hoping to come across a supreme power that would allow them to conquer the unconquerable.
The Arctic and Antarctica may have been of extreme importance to the Nazis, as they had expected to find "ancient technology" in two of the most inhospitable places on Earth.
‘Station 211’ on Antarctica is said to have been a similar base to ‘Schatzgräber’ or ‘Treasure Hunter’ in the Arctic.
Many authors propose that in 1946-47 Admiral Byrd, one of the most famous American polar explorers searched for secret Nazi bases. Many authors propose that the Operation Highjump —when Admiral Byrd had at his disposal the largest armada ever sent to Antarctica—was established to investigate a Nazi presence.
All of the artifacts discovered at the ‘Treasure Hunter’ base in the Arctic are being transported to Arkhangelsk for analysis by experts who will try to solve the mystery and real purpose of the abandoned Nazi base in the Arctic.