|Brazilian confirms that he attended Hitler's funeral in Paraguay
Fernando Nogueira de Araujo admitted to the "Brazilian Mail" that he participated in the ceremony in which the Nazi leader was buried in Paraguay.
By Andrés Colmán Gutiérrez and Stefi Céspedes
10 March 2014
"I buried Hitler" reads the title of a report published in the Brazilian newspaper "Correo Braziliense", along with a photograph of retired sergeant Fernando Nogueira de Araujo, first published in the press.
This version, investigated by reporter Diego Ponce de León, of the prestigious newspaper of Brasilia, confirms that the alleged witness, quoted by the Argentine writer and journalist Abel Basti, in his book "In the Footsteps of Hitler", really exists and currently is 70 years old.
"Any doubts were dispelled when he [Sergeant Nogueira de Araujo] returned to Brazil and found two other people, among the 40 who had participated in the event," says Netto, in the version given to the "Brazilian Mail".
Both Nogueira de Araujo and Netto and Basti refuse to give more details about the place where the crypt would be, as the name of the supposed German hotel and its exact location.
Reality or fantasy? In the absence of more concrete evidence, the doubts will continue. But, at least, the indirect testimony of the former Brazilian sergeant is one more element, which allows for a stronger back up of the version already established by other authors, such as the Paraguayan historian Mariano Llano, who in the first edition of his book "Hitler and The Nazis in Paraguay," published in 2004, has already claimed that Hitler died in Paraguay, a subject that is once again resonating worldwide.
Chapter XVI, 'Hitler in Paraguay', from the book "In the Footsteps of Hitler" by the Argentine writer Abel Basti
With the fall of Juan Domingo Perón in 1955, several Nazis preferred to leave Argentina and they chose to go to live in Paraguay. Peron himself, in the face of the uprising that overthrew him, opted to flee into exile on a Paraguayan warship to Asuncion, the capital of that bordering country [he would then continue on his way to Central America and finally to Spain].
By that time, Paraguay and Chile were the safest countries for the Nazis in the South American continent. Stroessner maintained close relations with the United States and received credits and military aid North American by its anti-communist policy. But, in spite of that help, it was characterized by not allowing the Americans to have a direct interference in his government. He was not a ductile ally and for this reason, in 1989, the CIA orchestrated a coup d'etat that deposed him.
Stroessner is known to have harbored important Nazis such as Martin Bormann, Hans Rudel, Otto Skorzeny, Eduard Roschmann and Dr. Josef Mengele, among other fugitives. But is it possible that the Führer himself has been residing in Paraguay governed by dictator Stroessner?
Research by Rainer Tilch
Paraguayan-German journalist Rainer Tilch is the person who knows most about Hitler's life in Paraguay. I established a relationship with him several years ago, during which time we exchanged information to clarify details of the presence of the Nazi leader in South America. Tilch's arguments for maintaining that Hitler lived in Paraguay are based on the testimony of Professor Karl Bauer, an old German scientist who died in 1995; Hermann Rademacher, a German who lived in Caacupé, who was murdered in 2001 in the Chaco; and Helmut Janz, a Mennonite, an official of the German embassy and editor of the newspaper "Neues für Alle", who died in 2007. I also had an interview with history professor Mariano Llano, who wrote his own book on Hitler's life in Paraguay.
Tilch, in 1990, received information from professor and ornithologist Karl Bauer, a resident of Ytú, Caacupé. Bauer -who carried out archaeological and anthropological research in Paraguay told Tilch that he knew the history of Hitler, especially through the Germans in the Altos region, and particularly because one of them had revealed that he had personally met the Nazi leader. Tilch recalled that "one night we were discussing military matters from World War II when he [Bauer] suddenly told me that all the tales about Hitler's suicide were false".
Bauer told Tilch that Hitler "had, like every ruler, the last means available to escape and made use of them. He fled to Argentina and later came to Paraguay". As Tilch replied that he did not believe in that version, Bauer, with emphasis, told him:
"If you do not want to believe me, I'm going to introduce you to some old Germans from the Altos area, who know a lot more about it than I do. One who personally knew the Führer. Come one day Sunday and I go with you to Altos".
Unfortunately that trip was never made because Tilch did not believe that Hitler had survived the war; of course that now that he has more data, he deplores not having co-ordinated with Bauer a trip to visit the German who claimed to have been with the Nazi leader in Paraguay.
The other testimony that Tilch found was that of a German, Hermann Rademacher, who told him about Hitler in Paraguay, and encouraged him to tell him that information after Stroessner was overthrown in 1989.
In those years Rademacher lived in Caacupé, capital of the department Of Cordillera, about 50 km east of Asunción. He was 55 years old and was married to a Paraguayan, a school teacher, with whom he had two children.
"One day I went to the post office in the center, in the square behind the church. It was a place frequented by Germans because there was still no E-mail and many received their correspondence by mail. There I occasionally met Rademacher and when it was a hot day and I was thirsty I invited him to have a beer in the bar next door, the "Harpa-Bar", which was very frequented by Germans. We would drink together one or two or three beers, talking about our Life, experiences in the country, international politics, the recent fall of Stroessner, which all Germans lamented, and the new "democracy" that did not promise so many good things," Tilch recalled.
"At that time, Mr. Rademacher told me that Stroessner had always been very good to the Germans and that he had protected many good compatriots who had to flee Europe at the end of World War II, including the famous Dr. Mengele, Martin Bormann and, what very few knew, Hitler himself and his wife as well".
Tilch, at that time -as was mentioned above- did not believe in the story of a living Hitler in Paraguay, and when he heard the tale, he thought that the man was repeating what he might possibly have heard from Professor Bauer.
He then asked the source of the information and Rademacher replied:
"I have a small real estate agency, I sell farms and farms to foreigners and manage their properties in their absence, so I have many contacts in this beautiful area and towards Lake Ypacaraí I know some Germans, old settlers of the area, who assured me that Hitler lived here in Cordillera, near Caacupé, and that he had friendships with some German families in the area".
Tilch explained that during those years, "I was incredulous, I did not believe anything [by Rademacher] but I did not want to offend him, so I preferred to talk about other things. So I then said goodbye and I went home. Mr. Rademacher no longer lives".
Rademacher, who in recent years had a hostel on the Transchaco Route, was killed by an alcoholic who shot him at point-blank range.
The other qualified testimony that Tilch found was former diplomat Helmuth Janz, who served as secretary at the German embassy in Paraguay between 1967 and 1972. Janz was born in 1943 in Siberia, He was a a member of the Mennonite Brothers Church, and had served as private secretary to the ambassadors Dr. Hubert Krier and Hanns Becker von Sothen.
Janz was editor of the newspaper "Neues für Alle" and hired Tilch in 1995 to write for it.
Janz told Tilch details of his duties at the German embassy in Asuncion, and confessed to him that in the 1960s he had to regularly visit several elderly Nazis who lived in Paraguay to give them money that came to them from Germany. These were unofficial "war pensions," since these people, possibly due to their actions in the past, could not be retired on the German government's public lists, even though they discreetly collected their retirement benefits that were paid with Reserved funds.
Although Janz knew the true identity of these men, he did not know who one of them was, since in that case the mysterious person was protected by the degree of "Confidentiality 3", that is, the maximum protection of personal data, according to the secret code that managed German diplomacy in those times. This meant that only the ambassador knew who this man really was, who covertly charged his retirement assets. He was a man of short stature, who had prostate cancer and was in terminal condition. According to Janz's account, the man lived in an apartment in Asunción, was permanently in bed and only got up to go to the bathroom. When he died, in 1971, the embassy was in charge of his burial and then burned all the documentation belonging to him.
When Tilch listened again and again to the story from Janz himself, he decided to show him pictures of Bormann and the former diplomat replied: "It was undoubtedly him, but he was already old and very destroyed at the time". Janz said over and over that, at the time, he did not know that it was the senior Nazi.
Bormann had arrived in Paraguay in 1956, living for a couple of years in a property of Alban Drug, in Hohenauen the area of Alto Paraná. During the years 1958-1959 he was attended, due to his bad state of health, by Dr. Josef Mengele, the fugitive from justice who had also settled in Paraguayan land.
When one of the German veterans, who collected their pensions in Paraguay, died, Janz had the task of collecting all the records and documents of that person; employees at the German embassy in Asuncion then seny them, as a "closed case", to Germany. But in Bormann's case, he was excluded from this task, and the German ambassador Hanns Becker Sothen, who had taken over the post in 1970, secretly dealt with these matters personally.
The year after his death in Paraguay, which would have occurred in 1971, Bormann's body "appeared" in Berlin, where it was ruled that he had died in 1945. His body was reportedly buried in a Paraguayan cemetery and then was exhumed to secretly transfer it to Germany, where it served in the parody of the "discovery" of the skeleton. Bormann was "killed by decree" in 1945, which had been facilitated by the above maneuver, to hide traces of events -involving businessmen, military and officials with the high Nazi hierarchy- that occurred after the war - an obscure plot of spurious complicity and interests which, if Bormann had really died in 1945, could never have occurred.
Concerning the Führer, Janz told Tilch that he had met a German who was sure to he had seen Hitler and Eva Braun at the big annual party of the German Shooting Association of Altos ["Verein Patria"] in 1968.
During those years, Janz enjoyed an important notoriety since he served as private secretary to ambassador Hubert Krier. Every year, the club threw a celebration, which included a shooting contest, which involved Nazi veterans. The audience greeted it with a "Heil Hitler!" with right arm held high and hand outstretched, as in the old days.
At that time, Janz started drinking beer with a compatriot and, speaking of politics, told him that he had not liked Hitler to commit suicide like a coward, shooting himself in the head. But the other man answered that this was not true, since Hitler had escaped and had lived in Paraguay. Janz told him that he did not believe in that story and the man replied that not only himself, but other people had the same information - it was a detail of Hitler's life in South America. He also assured him that in one of the parties of the Sports Club of Altos, in the late sixties, Hitler was accompanied by a German family and a blond woman in their fifties.
He wore a suit with a tie and she wore a gray dress. The witness immediately recognized Hitler, even though his hair was cut short and he had no mustache. According to Janz's compatriot, Hitler -when he arrived at the party, not everyone knew that it was the Führer- was greeted by the old Nazis militarily, and then he greeted his old comrades one by one, shaking hands in silence.
According to this account, Hitler spent little time in the club; chatted a little with some elderly people, ate some snacks and withdrew from the place accompanied by the same people with whom he had arrived. As he left, the rumor -that the old man who had been there just a few minutes before was Hitler- ran like wildfire among those present.
In recent times, Tilch was able to access new information related to the state of health and the physical appearance of the Nazi leader, through interviews with an old commissioner, and Francisca Acosta, maid of General Emilio Díaz de Vivar and Carmen von Schmeling, a neighbor of the town of Areguá. The latter is the daughter of the German Hans Hugo von Schmeling and the Paraguayan Carmen Esther Caballero.
At the time of writing this book , she is 85 years old and lives with her husband Arnaldo Bareiro in a house located next to the farm of Díaz de Vivar in Areguá.
According to Tilch, the woman's mother was "a very good friend" of the military and was even rumored that she -and later also Carmen- were lovers of Emilio Diaz de Vivar, but always denied it.
According to the testimony given by Mrs. Carmen [the daughter], Hitler visited the mentioned Paraguayan general at least once. The Führer "arrived in an official government car with a military escort, wearing a jacket and beret like the one used by paratroopers, but military custom did not allow people to approach and for this reason was only seen from a distance".
The maid, Francisca Acosta, perfectly remembers this circumstance and testifies that the Nazi leader and Diaz de Vivar met in the park of the farm where they had an extensive dialogue. According to the testimony of the commissioner interviewed by Tilch, whose identity was kept in reserve, the Paraguayan police apparently had documentation of all German refugees in Paraguay, including that of Hitler, kept in the basement of the Ministry of Interior.
When the military coup against Stroessner occurred in 1989, all that documentation was hidden and many years later appeared in the police station of the town of Lambaré.
As well as the elderly commissioner, Tilch also interviewed another policeman who was Stroessner's personal custodian. Both confirmed to him to have data on the presence of the Nazi chief in Paraguay. The commissioner said that he saw Hitler at a German military meeting held in the village of Villa Elisa in the house of a German couple. In reference to the couple, who received the Nazi leader in their house, Tilch, referring to the story of the police chief, stated "the lady was a well-known writer, Erika zum Buttel , apparently a good friend of Hitler and his wife".
According to Tilch, in Paraguay, "high ranking Nazis never bought houses - they lived in rented properties or in houses borrowed by friends," together with Paraguayan women, "with whom they had children. Many of them received German pensions as former state officials. With regard to the Führer's state of health, in general, except for the ailments typical of age, and to the physiognomy -without mustache and almost bald- the information obtained by Tilch coincides with the descriptions obtained by me in Argentina.
By marrying his daughter Maria Teresa, history professor and lawyer Mariano Llano had as his father-in-law the late General Emilio Diaz de Vivar, who served as Commander in Chief of the army, beginning in 1950, and then also as Paraguayan ambassador in the Spain of dictator Francisco Franco.
From his family relationship with this military man, Llano -who lived for a while in Argentina, working as a lawyer in Buenos Aires and La Plata- obtained information that Hitler had been in Paraguayan territory.
In 2004, Llano published this data in the first edition of the book "Hitler and the Nazis in Paraguay", a limited edition published in Asunción. The author based it on the interviews he had with the former mayor of Asunción, Agustín Ávila, the talks held with his father-in-law Diaz de Vivar, and the information provided by Manuel Bernárdez, editor of the "La Mañana" newspaper in that city.
According to the historian, after the Perón government was overthrown, Hitler entered Paraguayan territory, in the south of that country, from the Argentine city of Posadas, arriving in the Paraguayan town of Encarnación, crossing the Paraná River, and then the area of Itapúa. Hitler initially would have stayed some time in the house of Alban Krug, a Nazi fanatic, a merchant of the German colony Hohenau, located in Itapúa.
As in Argentina, in trying to reconstruct the history of post-war Hitler, in Paraguay we find witnesses of certain situations and separate accounts of different events carried out by the Führer. They are pieces found during the investigation, to try to put together like a gigantic puzzle, to reconstruct the life of the Nazi chief in exile.
One such story, compiled by Llano, is related to a meeting between Diaz de Vivar and Hitler. The general had a farm in the area of Areguá, where a large number of German families had settled since the end of the 19th century, very close to the beautiful Lake Ypacaraí. According to Llano's account, a woman of the von Schemeling family was the one who introduced Hitler to Diaz de Vivar, in that property of the Paraguayan military, in 1961.
That woman -Llano does not give her name- in fact, is the aforementioned Carmen, who was interviewed by Tilch. A witness to that meeting would have been a maid, quoted as "Kika" in Llano's story, who would have taken care of the two men during their long talk that day. [The nickname "Kika" corresponds to Francisca Acosta, according to the previous story of Tilch].
Was it feasible for the Führer to travel to that open place to meet with the powerful Paraguayan military man, to meet him and to keep a talk of hours? For Professor Llano this did not present any major problems, since "it would have been possible for General Stroessner's Intelligence Service, with 35 years' experience -accompanied by the advice of the Argentine police from the time of the rule of General Peron, from 1945 to 1955- to allow the most wanted man in the world to expose himself to an informal visit". It seems that this encounter, due to some indiscreet observation, was noticed since "it was commented on in the zone of Lake Ypacaraí, of great German influence, that Hitler had spoken with the general Diaz de Vivar".
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Llano, in 2011, revealed that Hitler's presence in Paraguay was confirmed by President Alfredo Stroesnner, whom he knew personally. In this regard, the history professor says he telephoned Stroessner -who was living in Brasilia- on the anniversary of the birthday of the dictator and t took the opportunity to throw the decisive question.
Llano described the call:
"I called him [General Stroessner] on 3 November 1994, the day of his birthday, to congratulate him, and when I asked him if he had given Hitler his protection, he said:
'We Paraguayans are very humane ... Gervasio Artigas, the Uruguayan magnate who was persecuted by powerful neighbors, received our protection ... Why not Hitler?. .. a defeated army, persecuted by the world ... My friend General Peron, the unparalleled Argentinean statesman, asked me a question ... Of course, I accepted ... '
In 2011, Llano gave a lecture to present the second edition of his book "Hitler and the Nazis in Paraguay". When he finished making the presentation, a spectator asked for the floor and assured him that a friend of his had met Hitler in Paraguay:
"I know Julio Heinechen, a German who lives in San Bernardino. He is a manufacturer of jams and confectionery products. He told me that he had seen Hitler in San Bernardino more than once. I personally know Don Julio and I have his phone number. My nephew is married to a niece of his. We also have friends in common," said the man who surprised everyone present with this revelation.
With that information, my team of collaborators contacted Heinechen by telephone for an interview at his house. On the phone, the man confirmed that he had met Hitler and agreed to be reported. But the next day, when he was interviewed, he backed off and did not want to testify before the cameras.
On the other hand, Heinechen informally also admitted to having met Mengele, the Nazi war criminal and later the family doctor of "Alfredito" Stroessner, the son of the dictator, who suffered problems due to alcohol abuse and drug intake, being attended for these "inconveniences" by the fugitive German doctor.
After the first edition of his book on Hitler in Paraguay, Llano received a call from Pedro Mariano Llano Cáceres who assured him that he had met Hitler and Eva Braun. Regarding Pedro Cáceres the story of Mariano Llano is as follows:
"When I arrived at the place indicated [by Caceres] -a magnificent two-storey house with a two-car garage, located in a fashionable area near the Paraguay River- I met son of Cáceres, an engineer named Romy. Mr. Caceres was sitting in the living room, a man in his seventies, and he told me the following: 'I was seventeen when I was recruited for conscription. One day I was assigned to the Home Office, located in the streets Estrella and Montevideo, in the center of Asunción. It was precisely at noon that I was on the ground floor, next to the stairs and under the first floor, where Dr. Edgar L. Insfrán was. He had, from his youth, been a member of the Nazi League - a strong man alongside General Alfredo Stroessner, who reigned the country from 1954 to 1989, a total of 34 years'.
"The man pointed us with his finger: 'You, and You ..., with me, now,' he ordered us. Three of us -we were armed- were selected. We got into a Mercedes-Benz, two soldiers in the back seat and one in the front next to the minister. We took Highway 2 in San Lorenzo, Capiatá, Itauguá, Ypacaraí, Caacupé and Coronel Oviedo, Caaguazú, heading east. Then we headed unpaved roads; the Ministry of Public Works had built only the road to the city of New Town, which was on the banks of the Paraná River, in front of Foz de Iguazú [Brazil].
"After 20 kilometers we entered a red dirt road, and we came to a dead end, in front of a large wooden door surrounded by barbed wire. There was a great movement of trucks and soldiers.The main building was on a hill, surrounded by lush trees.The house had been built in the Spanish style, with wide corridors and a chimney on the roof. Instrán parked ten meters from the entrance and entered through the front door to the house. After two hours, he came back accompanied by an old man, who walked very bent. I looked at the man, I tried to hide my emotion and I said to myself quietly, 'It's Hitler ... it's Hitler ...' They said goodbye with a handshake, Hitler was accompanied by a blond woman. Then we went back to Asunción ... It was the year 1960 ... I have never told anyone. Stroessner governed, with Insfrán, almost thirty years more, with an iron hand. I kept an absolute silence until now"'.
Dardo Castelluccio, born in 1966, the son of an Italian fascist, is the most well-known neo-Nazi in Paraguay. He was a public official and currently runs an old bookshop specializing in American history and Paraguay in particular.
He man explained that he had performed military service in the police with Carlos Schreiber, who would later be the deputy chief of that force. Casteluccio was linked to military and right-wing politicians and had access to important documents - especially those belonging to the Ministry of the Interior, the police and the army. When interviewed for this investigation, he assured that he saw several documents related to the presence of Hitler in Paraguay.
Regarding testimony, he said that he received information about the presence of Hitler from the ministers Montanaro and Insfrán, the latter cited previously by witness Pedro Cáceres.
"These people have personally confirmed to me that Hitler was here [in Paraguay]," he said.
"There are people who are very important, like the ministers, who have talked to me about it. Insfrán knew my father and I knew him when I was 15. And in one of the conversations I had with Interior Minister Insfrán, he told me that Hitler was in Paraguay".
That story, the presence of Hitler and other Nazis, "Commissioner Schreiber" as well as other agents of the Paraguayan police, Castelluccio said, also acknowledged.
"Especially Martin Bormann ... I could see during time with the police several documents that prove that he has lived in Paraguay and that he was buried in the cemetery of Itá [near Asuncion] .... there are documents in the police files and information on where he was buried".
For Casteluccio, as well as for several investigators, Bormann's skeleton, or part of it -his skull- was transferred from Paraguay to Berlin, where he was "found" in 1972, thus substantiating the theory that he had died in 1945.
The Córdoba-Asunción link
The Weilers are one of the oldest German families who settled in Paraguay. They have several properties, among others the famous Hotel Cecilia in Asunción. In January 2011 I had received the letter from a reader with the following text:
"Dear Mr. Basti,
"I want to tell you about a personal experience. Last month I was for professional reasons in Asuncion, Paraguay. I had, due to the chaotic conditions of the highway, unexpectedly spend another night in a hotel because, under those circumstances, I could not go back to Buenos Aires. I went to the Gran Hotel of Paraguay, of the Weiler family.
"There, I was told that dictator Stroessner was a regular customer of that hotel and that the family [Weiler] had a good relationship with him. When I later spoke to Mrs. Weiler, she told me that there was a small school in La Falda, Córdoba, raised at the behest of one Mertig [a Nazi financier living in Buenos Aires]. This Mertig was a very good friend of the Eichhorn family, owners of Hotel Eden, who went to the hotel [from Paraguay] every week. At the same school were also the daughters of Mr. Lahusen. The Weiler family has a house in Hurlingham, Buenos Aires.
"Together with the Eichhorns, they must know much more. She [Mrs. Weiler] told me: 'The Eichhorn family had a very good relationship with Hitler'. Moreover, even he [Hitler] has visited them once. There must be a whole network of informed families in important posts today, and there must be many German families who can know this.
"Perhaps it is worth interviewing Mrs. Weiler. I have the impression that she has no problem talking openly about the past. -- Greetings, FP"
This letter from the German professor -who out of fear asked that his identity not be revealed- was revealing to me the Weiler's relationship with the Eichhorns, and to the entrepreneur Pronazi Mertig, and it became a new clue.
During the research conducted for this book I confirmed that Hilda Weiler, the owner of the Gran Hotel Paraguay, in her younger years, was an apprentice hotelier at the Hotel El Eden in Cordoba. thus, there is a relationship between the Eichhorn couple -financiers and personal friends of Hitler- and Weiler.
The Eichchorn were the ones who initially confirmed to the Weilers that the Führer had been in Cordoba in 1949. In addition, Hilda Weiler recalled that a teacher of hers, Mrs. Anneliese Brunner, had also revealed that Hitler had been in Cordova after the war.
Mr. Paredes, a friend of the Weiler family, confirmed that Martin Bormann, Hans Ulrich Rudel and Otto Skorzeny were at the Weiler's Grand Hotel in Paraguay. And that the famous pilot Rudel was a regular guest of said hotel establishment.
I also found an important fact that reveals that Hitler maintained personal communication with people of Paraguay already since before the war. This is demonstrated at least in the case of Mrs. Felicia V. of Haseitel who resided in the street Francisco Franco 23 of Asuncion. I was able to access a letter written by the Führer that he sent her on 14 January 1939.
The letter is a brief negative response to the woman, apparently about a request or proposal that she had expressed to Hitler in previous letters, whose texts we do not know.
It should be said that in Paraguay all this information is a common currency -at the time it was an open secret- but today it can be accessed, in certain circles, with some ease and people comment naturally, and without any sign of concern to make known such significant data, which contradict the official history. Paraguayans always knew that their country received a senior Nazis and details of their lives are discussed in that nation, but they do not deny these stories, including Hitler's presence in that nation.
The death of Hitler
When did Hitler die? And what happened to his corpse?
They are logical questions if, after all the information contributed, it appears as a certain possibility the fact that the head of the Third Reich did not commit suicide in Berlin, but secretly escaped to South America and lived - together with his wife and possibly his daughter Uschi- several years in exile.
In 1952, US President Eisenhower said Hitler could have escaped and -at the other end of the international political arc- Soviet leader Josef Stalin, until he died in 1953, claimed that Hitler had fled "to Spain or Argentina".
The German state only declared him dead in 1956 in "presumption of death", without evidence of his suicide, after more than ten years of his supposed death in the Bunker of Berlin. With that formality, to decree the death of the Nazi chief -which implies that legally Hitler was alive at least between 1945 and 1956- the case was closed for the Germans.
But this was not the case for the intelligence services, such as the CIA -which had at least two documents on the Führer in Colombia- or for the FBI, as shown in File No. 65-53615, referring to Adolf Hitler in Argentina.
The FBI continued to process information concerning the Nazi leader until the early 1970s, when it appears to have been "closed," a circumstance that could indicate that this occurred when Hitler's real demise occurred.
When did Hitler die? This is the great question to close the story of his life in exile. Let's look for some clues. There do not appear to be any reports from the 1970s that speak of a living Hitler, contrary to previous years. This is just a fact to keep in mind. There being no documentation declassified about his death -a great secret kept by the powers under seven turns of the key- the possibility of investigating is limited to witnesses or circumstantial evidence.
Captain Manuel Monasterio [under the pseudonym, Jeff Kristenssen] in his book "Hitler died in Argentina" claims to have access to the report of a certain Dr. Lehmann, who attended to Hitler in his last hours of life. In these writings it is affirmed that the Nazi leader suffered symptoms of senile dementia and that he died, affected by hemiplegia, on 13 February 1962, in a room where he was living, in the south of Argentina.
Monasterio claims to have met a bodyguard of Hitler, who told him that he cared for the Führer in Argentina. With the few facts that this man gave him, Monasterio wrote his book, having the complete certainty, thanks to the bodyguard's account, that Hitler had lived in the country. But Monasterio himself itself admitted, during the personal encounters that I had with him, that the book is a novel, from which the data can not be taken as real.
Unofficial information about the end of the German leader's life -I have no access to official documents proving Hitler's death and the fate of his remains- comes from the testimony of a former Brazilian soldier named Fernando Nogueira de Araújo.
The discovery of this unpublished witness -whose statements were filmed- belongs to the Brazilian journalist Marcelo Netto whom I met personally a few years ago and with whom I maintain an exchange of information related to the Hitler case.
Araújo was linked to the Nazis who lived in Brazil, maintaining a close friendship with Haroldo Ernest, presumably the son of an important Nazi, who had information related to Hitler's passage through Brazil.
According to Araújo's account -about information provided by Ernest and other older German he knew- Hitler frequented an important German colony, with Nazis who had escaped from Europe, located in southern Brazil. Even the Führer, during his exile in South America, would have been living for some time in that place.
In the 1950s, Juscelino Kubistchek, a presidential candidate, apparently under pressure from certain sectors of power, secretly summoned the Nazis of that colony to abandon it. Kubistchek also made it clear that in case he won the election -to be held on 3 October 1955- Nazi leaders who were refugees in the country, should emigrate before his inauguration as President scheduled for 31 January 1956. Otherwise he would appear before the United Nations to denounce those Nazis who were being sought by international justice.
As a result of this threat, which was carried out in a reserved manner and did publicized, about four hundred Nazis left for Paraguay, while another two hundred moved to a neighborhood in San Pablo, Brazil, where it had been agreed that they would work in the companies Bayer and Mercedes Benz.
Ferdinand, thanks to the ties he had established with Haroldo, tightened his relationship with German National Socialists and in 1967 met an Austrian Nazi named Hugo. In 1967, Hugo invited Fernando to one of the celebrations that -as in different parts of the world- were held [and are held] on 20 April of each year, in commemoration of Hitler's birthday. It must be said that at this celebration of his birthday, Hitler did not participate in person.
The ceremony that Ferdinand participated in, which allowed him to deepen his relations with the Nazis, was in 1967 at a site in Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, and was organized by war criminal Franz "Gustl" Wagner, who had been an SS official of the Sobibór extermination camp, in Poland, where thousands died.
At the end of the war, Wagner escaped to Brazil with his boss, Franz Stangl, commander of Sobibór, who worked there at the Volkswagen company of São Paulo.
So Ferdinand moved in high Nazi circles, of which, by certain circumstances and by the confidence that he had gained with between them, several years later would obtain the information of the date of the true death of Hitler: 5 February 1971.
The Funeral Bunker
We do not know where the Führer was buried initially, but two years after, his dead body was transferred to a specially prepared place - still in Paraguay.
According to Ferdinand's account, with a special ceremony, Hitler's skeleton was taken to a crypt, located in the deepest place of a large underground Bunker built by the Nazis.
With respect to these facilities, it will be obvious to say where the exact place where they are, since Fernando would know, since he was present where the mortal remains of the former German chancellor were deposited.
In this regard, and according to the account of this witness, he was able to attend the ceremony that took place almost two years after the Führer's death, in January 1973, when it was decided to close the crypt. Fernando says that he was the only Brazilian representative invited to participate in this incredible event that was attended about forty selected people, mostly older people who had met Hitler. Fernando said that the invitation came from his friend Haroldo Ernest -this man's father was a Nazi leader - a month earlier, in December 1972, which would reveal the anticipation with which the ceremony was organized.
Fernando left for the place indicated -he had all expenses paid, including accomodation- with his wife, although she was then unable to attend, since women were barred from accessing the ceremony except for two nurses who cared for their patients - old Nazis who were there despite the delicate state of health that they suffered.
Already in the place, with their identities accredited, about forty guests were gathered - as Fernando said- and they descended, in an elevator, to the lowest levels of the Bunker. There was a door with a staircase that led to a crypt, where Hitler's coffin was located. When the whole group was assembled, it was announced that the entrance to the crypt would be closed, and one of the people who were present took a bucket with cement and a mason's spatula. Then he began to mortar bricks to close the narrow entrance to the Führer's crypt, building a wall that blocked access to the coffin that holds Hitler's last remains. After this work was done, the ceremony concluded and the guests left.
It should be noted that the entrance to this subterranean shelter was once inside an old wooden building, a former German club. Then, it was demolished and a modern and exclusive hotel was built. So, to get to the Bunker, you must first enter that private building that protects, until today, the camouflaged entrance of the Bunker.
The first week of February of each year -the anniversary of the death of the Nazi leader is on 5 February- the hotel establishment is blocked to tourists since their places are reserved, long before, by an exclusive group that honors there, until now, its undisputed leader: Adolf Hitler, the man who changed their lives, and the whole world, forever.