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    Grey Wolf: The ESCAPE of Adolf Hitler

    Book Claims Hitler 'Died In Argentina'

    3:46pm UK, Sunday October 16, 2011
    Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not kill himself in Berlin in 1945 but ended his days in Argentina, a new book has claimed.

    British journalist Gerrard Williams has told Sky News he and co-author Simon Dunstan found an "overwhelming amount of evidence" to suggest Hitler died an old man in South America.
    Many historians say the Nazi leader died in his Berlin bunker in 1945 - but Williams claims their research, looking at newly de-classified documents and forensic tests, challenges this.
    "We didn't want to re-write history, but the evidence we've discovered about the escape of Adolf Hitler is just too overwhelming to ignore," he said.

    Hitler allegedly lived at this residence in Argentina after World War 2
    "There is no forensic evidence for his, or Eva Braun's deaths, and the stories from the eyewitnesses to their continued survival in Argentina are compelling."
    Grey Wolf: The Escape Of Adolf Hitler claims the Fuhrer and his mistress Eva Braun were secretly flown out of Germany in April 1945 and taken to fascist-controlled Argentina.
    It is alleged Hitler lived in the country for 17 years, initially raising his two daughters, until his death in 1962.

    Grey Wolf claims Hitler did not kill himself at his Berlin bunker in 1945
    The book also accuses US intelligence of being complicit in the scam in return for access to Nazi war technology.
    "Stalin, Eisenhower and Hoover of the FBI all knew there was no proof of him dying in the bunker," Williams told Sky News.
    "It's difficult to understand why so much of the already published material we present in the book has been ignored over the years."

    Gerrard Williams says the 'Hitler' skull is actually that of a young woman
    He added that the book's new findings prove the "Hitler" skull fragments held by the Russians are actually that of a young woman.
    Williams said he and Dunstan conducted intensive field research in Argentina, including interviews with many eyewitnesses to Hitler's presence there.
    "It's only now that Argentina is once more a thriving democracy that the real stories are beginning to come out," he said.
    "Even so, two of our eyewitnesses received death threats from persons unknown while working with us on this book."
    The film Grey Wolf is currently in production and is expected to be released in January.
    When I first read of this book I assumed it was a fringe conspiracy text. However the more I read the reviews the more compelling (and potentially v. interesting) it becomes....
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    And I am quite sure that you can add Himmler, Bormann, Müller, and Kammler to that list. But now the big question becomes what they did for all those years in Argentina. Drinking tea and paying chess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neophyte View Post
    And I am quite sure that you can add Himmler, Bormann, Müller, and Kammler to that list. But now the big question becomes what they did for all those years in Argentina. Drinking tea and paying chess?
    well exactly! plotting world domination I find the speculation interesting even if I am largely very sceptical...
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    Here is one of the authors discussing the hypothesis...
    Hitler's escape


    and after watching it I'd say steer clear. The usual 'holocaust-hand-wringing-Hitler the criminal' hogwash....
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    “unless they know, mystically, that beneath the concrete lies the earth which has nourished their race for a thousand years and ... that it is their own earth from which their blood is shed and renewed, then they are a lost people, and easy prey for those who have lacked roots for many centuries"
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    Wishful thinking, but, no. The whole 'Hitler still alive' statement by Stalin and other outlets was only perpetuated to keep the 'ebil Nahtzee' scare going, so that even more hatred could be squeezed out of the whole ordeal. His and Eva Brauns charred remains were found, with a small piece of Eva's panties remaining intact. Hitler himself wrote in his last testament about his refusal to leave Berlin, and that he would rather choose death to capitulation:

    "I have decided therefore to remain in Berlin and there of my own free will to choose death at the moment when I believe the position of the Fuehrer and Chancellor itself can no longer be held."

    "Many of the most courageous men and women have decided to unite their lives with mine until the very last I have begged and finally ordered them not to do this, but to take part in the further battle of the Nation. I beg the heads of the Armies, the Navy, and the Air Force to strengthen by all possible means the spirit of resistance of our soldiers in the National-Socialist sense, with special reference to the fact that also I myself, as founder and creator of this movement, have preferred death to cowardly abdication or even capitulation."


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    Indeed Eirik, there's nothing substantial to indicate Hitler ever left the Führerbunker alive and there's no reason to assume he did. "Grey Wolf" merely rehashes a bunch of Cold War era myths.

    Whatever remained of Hitler, after his corpse was set on fire, was first buried in Buch by the Soviets ... then reburied by Smersh (Soviet contra-espionage) in Finow. Afterwards everything was dug up again and went to Rathenow in 1946 (according to Joachim Fest, Hitler expert).The bones the Soviets possessed were buried there only to be exhumed once more in February 1946 and relocated to Magdeburg. There Hitler's bones remained buried until 1970. Here the trail gets murkier and Fest can't say with certainty what went on in 1970. But according to Yuri Andropov (a former head of the KGB), the KGB decided to simply get rid of everything due to a building project that would uncover the grave: they did some digging again and set fire to the remains in a open field in Schönebeck, after which they were dumped in a channel in Biederitz or in some alternative versions of the story, the river Ehle, from a small bridge named the Schweinebrücke. The trouble with statements from former KGB members regarding the issue is that they always just muddy the waters with their tales.

    Source: "S.J. De Boer - The Hitler Myths". There's no 100% certainty about the locations of the reburials - and it's (very) possible that all these bones only belonged to the Goebbels family, with at most a few Hitler bones mixed in between them, as very little remained of him when the Soviets searched the area of the Führerbunker, yet far more remained of the Goebbels family - but there's no knowing: What was left of Hitler, if anything at all, likely took the route described above. Or maybe, just maybe, something of Hitler's skeleton ended up early on in Moscow and nothing of him was initially buried in Buch in the first place.
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    “Wo bist Adolf Hitler?"



    GREY WOLF The Escape of ADOLF HITLER Dunstan and Williams.

    P 131

    Chapter 13

    “Wo BIST ADOLF HITLER?”


    On April 20, 1945, HITLER’S ENTOURAGE dutifully celebrated his fifty-sixth birthday, but it was hardly an auspicious occasion. Himmler and Göring were present at the Führerbunker in Berlin to mark the event, but both quickly left the capital, never to return. Göring departed for the Berchtesgaden in Bavaria to supervise the arrival of his art collection in eight railroad cars from Carinhall, though there were few suitable places left to hide it.

    The Western Allies were now racing eastward across Germany towards their rendezvous with the Red Army on the Elbe and Mulde rivers. Montgomery’s 21st Army Group had turned northeastwards and was advancing towards Oldenburg, Bremen and Hamburg. On their right, William H Simpson’s U.S. Ninth Army and Courtney Hodge’s First Army had reached the Elbe at Maggeburg and the Mulde beyond Leipzig. Patton’s Third had swung southwestward, forging ahead for the Czech border. Any defended village that surrendered promptly was spared; those that did not utterly destroyed to become “Third Army Memorials” – stark reminder that Patton’s men had passed this way. To speed the advance, mayors of towns that had been captured or destroyed were often sent ahead with the leading U.S. reconnaissance units to persuade recalcitrant or dilatory officials that a display of white flags and sheets on every house was in the inhabitants best interests. To Patton’s south and inside this wheeling movement, Alexander Patch’s Seventh Army had just reached Nuremberg. To the south again, Jean de Lattre’s French First Army had reached the outskirts of Struttgart and was heading for the Danube and Austria. The Obersalzberg, the top Nazis’ retreat in the Bavarian Alps, would soon be cut off from northern Germany and from Berlin in particular.

    For Bormann the situation was becoming critical, since the Soviets were about to surround Berlin, with Red Army troops extending pincers forward from north and south. As yet the Führer was refusing to leave the capital and Bormann’s carefully laid plans for Aktion Feuerland were in dander of collapsing. Aircraft of the Fliegerstaffel (flying squadron) des Führers – Hitler’s personal air transport unit – were standing by at the Berlin airports of Gatow and Tempelhof to fly him to Bavaria, Spain or elsewhere. But they would soon be within range of Soviet artillery guns. Similarly long-range flying boats of Kampfgeschwader 200 – the Luftwaffe’s special missions wing – were ready to fly the Führer even further, from a base at Travemünde on the Baltic coast. Seaplanes were even stationed by night on Lake Havel, ready to fly the Nazi hierarchy out of Berlin at a moment’s notice. The Ost - West - Asche (East-West-Axis boulevard) – between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Monument, in the heart of the city – had been cleared as a makeshift runway.

    On April 20, Bormann instituted Operation Seraglio or Harem, whereby many government staff and records, including Hitler’s private papers, were dispatched to Bavaria. That night ten transport aircraft were assembled at Gatow for evacuation to Munich. Nine arrived safely but the tenth crashed into Heidenholz Forest while flying at treetop level and disintegrated. Many of Hitler’s personal papers were consumed in the burning wreckage. At that stage it was intended that the Führer and his entourage would fly south two days later on April 22.

    MEANWHILE ALLEN DULLES RESUMED the Operation Sunrise negotiations with SS Gen. Wolff, despite Donovan’s recent orders to cease the mission. On April 23,Karl Wolff indicated to Dulles that he now had full powers to order the surrender of all German troops in Italy after discussions in Berlin with Hitler and Bormann on April 19 – 19. On April 24, both Kaltenbrunner and SS Lt. Col. Hans Helmut von Hummel flew south to Austria to take over the negotiations of Crossword from Höttl. Helmut von Hummel was Bormann’s adjutant responsible for maintaining the records of all the Führer’s looted art holdings and where they were hidden. The most important of these repositories was at Altaussee, close to Kaltenbrunner’s home, where an old salt mine now contained the vast majority of Hitler’s art collection; this hoard was to be a major factor in any deal with Dulles.

    Events were now moving at such speed that the two originally separate sets of negotiations under Sunrise / Crossword – with Wolff and with Kaltenbrunner – were inextricably linked. On April 26, Höttl reported to Kaltenbrunner on the results of another visit to Switzerland, at which he had agreed with the OSS officer Edgeworth M Leslie to arrange a personal meeting between Dulles and Kaltenbrunner at Feldkirch in Austria, close to the Swiss border. Dulles realized that Höttl was purely a stooge and that much of his information concerning the National Redoubt was highly suspect. Dulles knew that Austria could not surrender in the same manner as Italy had in September 1943. Despite the formation of a provisional government that month, the country remained an integral part of the German Reich. Whatever emerged from these talks, the sands were running out for Austria, since the Red Army tanks of the 3rd Ukrainian Front were advancing rapidly westwards after the capture of Vienna. There had to be an ulterior motive for Kaltenbrunner to be negotiating – and that was explained by Martin Bormann’s proposals.

    In Bormann’s characteristic style – the carrot and the stick –
    Kaltenbrunner and Hummel indicated to Dulles that Bormann was willing to provide the Allies, as an inducement or “carrot” with information as to the whereabouts of all the Nazis looted art. It would be handed over intact, together with the remainder of the national treasure of Germany, including its gold deposits, currency reserves, bearer bonds, and industrial patents – except of course, for the substantial part of this treasure that Bormann had already secreted abroad. An additional and supremely attractive carrot was Bormann’s undertaking to deliver to the Allies examples of the most modern weapons technology together with the whereabouts of the designers, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 team, and the nuclear scientists of the Uranium Club. Furthermore the ceasefire in Italy would be ratified immediately. But what was the desired price for such treasures? A blind eye turned to the escape of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Martin Bormann, Heinrich ‘Gestapo’ Muller, Hermann Fegelein, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner. The rest of the Nazi hierarchy were to be abandoned to fate.

    The stick was simple. Germany now claimed to be capa United States with weapons of mass destruction, considerable effort had been invested in selling this disinformation to the U.S. intelligence agencies, with some success. These weapons incorporated warheads armed with the most toxic nerve agents ever devised, sarin and tabun. In addition, many repositories of artwork hidden in deep mine shafts would be destroyed with explosives and buried forever. A high proportion of the greatest works of art produced during centuries of Western civilization was now held hostage, and this threat was entirely credible following Hitler’s ‘Nero Decree’ of March 19. Officially titled “Demolitions on Reich Territory”, this decree ordered the utter destruction of all German industrial infrastructure and technology; although not included in the official order, it also implied the destruction of cultural assets and the elimination of any key personnel who might be useful to the Allied powers.

    The decision lay with the Allies, but the clock was ticking. On the previous day, April 25, the city of Berlin had been surrounded by the Red Army, and troops from Gen. Ivan Konev’s had made contact with GIs from Hodges’s U.S. First Army on the Elbe river. Germany was cut in half by a broad belt of Allied occupied territory, with only the extreme north and south still under Nazi control.

    THE LARGEST DAYLIGHT RAID ON BERLIN so far had been lunched on February 3, 1945. In total, 937 Flying Fortresses dropped 2,298 tons of bombs, killing thousands of people and inflicting massive damage on the city, including the government quarter.

    Among the other government building hit that day were the Reich Chancellery on the corner of Wilhelmstrasse and Voss-Strasse, where Bormann’s office was badly damaged; the Gestapo headquarters on Prinz Albrechtstrasse and the Reichbank on Hausvogteiplatz were virtually demolished by a string of bombs. In a letter to his wife on February 4, Bormann wrote:
    I have just taken refuge in my secretary’s office which is the only room in the place that has some temporary windows. Yesterday’s raid was very heavy. The Reich Chancellery garden is an amazing sight – deep craters, fallen trees, and the paths obliterated by a mass of rubble and rubbish. The Führer’s residence [in the old Reich Chancellery] was also hit several times. The new Reich Chancellery was also hit several times, and is not usable for the time being. The Party Chancellery buildings Chancellery}, too are a sorry sight. Telephone communications are still very inadequate and the Führer’s residence and Party Chancellery still have no connection with the outside world.

    To crown everything, in this so-called Government Quarter, the light, power and water supply is still lacking! We have a water cart standing in front of the Reich Chancellery and that is our only water supply for cooking and washing up! And the worst thing of all is the water closets. These commando pigs [the SS bodyguards] use them constantly and not one of them ever thinks of taking a bucket of water with him to flush the place. From this evening I am apparently to have a room in the bunker in which to work and sleep.

    By the middle of February, Hitler and his entourage – including Bormann – had been forced to take up permanent residence in the Führerbunker.

    The president of the Reichsbank, Dr. Walter Funk, decided to transfer the bulk of the bank’s cash and gold reserves to safety outside Berlin. The treasure was shipped to Merkers in Thuringa, two hundred miles southwest of the capital. There, bullion and currency with a value of about $238 million were deposited deep underground in the Kaiseroda potassium mine, alongside a huge cache artworks. This was but one of 134 repositories dotted across the Third Reich under the control of Martin Bormann. In accordance with Hitler’s Nero Decree of March 19, many of them were now rigged with high explosives to prevent them falling into the wrong hands of the Allies. In the salt mines of Altaussee were the most valuable pieces in Hitler’s collection, including Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna, Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb or Ghent Altarpiece, and many other priceless treasures. Among innumerable crates were eight that were marked Vorsicht – marmor – niche stürtzen (Attention – Marble – Do Not Drop). Placed underground between April 10 and 13, these contained not statues but half-ton Luftwaffe aerial bombs. Also primed for destruction was the accumulation of most of the artwork looted from France and the Low Countries, now stored in the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Nothing was intended to survive the coming Götterdämmerung of the Third Reich.

    AMONG THE ALLIED TROOPS POISED to deny the Nazis the chance to destroy their secrets were Cdr. Fleming’s red Indians of 30 Advance Unit. Intelligence on where to search was now flooding in from the OSS office in Bern, thanks to dialogue between Dulles and Bormann. The unit’s Team 4, under Lt. Cdr. Patrick Dalzel-Job, began driving northwards between Bremen on the Weser River and Hamburg on the Elbe. Their task was to capture the latest U-boat technology.

    Surging ahead of the 21st Army Group, Team 4 of AU was the first Allied Unit to enter the major port of Bremen. They accepted the surrender of the city by the mayor some twenty-four hours before the arrival of conventional forces, and a small detachment of Royal Marines captured sixteen U-boats. Further south Lt. Cdr. Jim Glanville’s Team 55 set off on April 14 for Schloss Tambach near Bad Sulza in Thuringia, where they captured the complete records of the Kriegsmarine from 1850 up to the end of 1944, including the logs of U-boats and surface ships. These archives were of immense value to the Allied Naval Authorities and were judged to be one of the most important intelligence hauls of the entire war. Meanwhile after their success in locating the uranium ore for the Alsos Mission, Team 5 under the command of Lt. James Lambie was searching the Harz Mountains for the underground V-2 assembly facility at Nordhausen, following instructions from SHAEF to capture documentation and personnel connected with the ballistic missile program. The Monuments Men were also hard on the heels of the combat troops, on their way to safeguard the major caches of artworks hidden across Germany, including the castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, which was saved from destruction on May 4, 1945, and with it the treasures of France and the Low countries.

    THROUGHOUT APRIL 1945 BORMANN pursued his plans for Aktion Feuerland with ruthless efficiency. It was time to tie up loose ends, of which one of the most outstanding was Adm. Wilhelm Canaris, now held in Flossenbürg concentration camp. Canaris knew too much about the site of the refuge that Bormann had prepared for Hitler in Argentina and about a major staging post for the Führer’s journey between Europe and South America. On April 5, Ernst Kaltenbrunner presented Hitler with some highly incriminating evidence against Canaris. The Führer flew into a rage and signed the admiral’s death warrant. He was hanged in humiliating circumstances on April 9.

    In the detached netherworld of the Führerbunker – dubbed the “cement submarine” by many of the staff working there – Hitler was living the claustrophobic life of a U-boat captain on the ocean floor, with little sense of time or reality of actual events in the world above. The Führer had always been subject to mood swings, but his rages became more frequent as the military situation deteriorated inexorably and he was confronted with the self-deluding futility of the orders he had been issuing. At a military conference on Sunday, April 22, attended by Bormann, the Führer exploded in a fit of unrestrained fury. For the first time he declared openly that the war was lost and announced repeatedly that he would die in Berlin. Bormann insisted that this was the time to fly south to the Obersalzberg to finalize the Führer personal affairs before fleeing in accordance with the preparations made for Aktion Feuerland, but Joseph Goebbels persuaded Hitler otherwise; Goebbels saw it as their duty to die among the ruins of their city. Gen. Jodl pointed out that Germany still had armies in the field theoretically within reach of Berlin – Field Marshal Schörner’s remnant of Army Group Centre and Gen. Walther Wenck’s Twelfth Army. The Führer became vague about the military steps to be taken, but repeated that he was determined to remain in Berlin to the last.

    Frustrated, Bormann nevertheless juggling the possibilities that remained open to him. That night, he sent a telex to Göring at the Obersalzberg indicating that the Führer was indisposed. It was a trap and Göring fell straight into it. On the following day he sent a telegram to the Führerbunker that if he did not hear instructions to the contrary, he would assume full command of the Reich from 10;oo p.m. that night, in accordance with his responsibility as designated successor to Hitler. Bormann immediately informed the Führer, urging the need to annul the decree of succession as Göring was obviously staging a coup. At first, Hitler demurred. Bormann then sent Göring a telex accusing him of treacherous behaviour but also stating that no further action would be taken if resigned from all his many offices of state. Within an hour, Göring’s resignation was on the Führer’s desk. This was seen as confirmation of his treachery, and the SS detachment at the Obersalzberg was ordered to place the Reichsmarschall under house arrest.

    With Göring sidelined, Bormann turned his attention to ousting Himmler. It was time for him to use his ace in the hole. He had known from late March 1945 that Himmler had begun negotiations with the Allies in Stockholm. His close friend Gen. Fegelein, Himmler’s representative in the bunker, had kept him well informed. The Reichleiter had prepared a detailed dossier detailing Himmler’s treachery, which he would present to Hitler. Bormann had achieved his ultimate ambition – to destroy all competing candidates for power and influence of being the Führer’s only unquestionably trusted deputy. It was something of a Pyrrhic victory, though, since on April 25 the Red Army completed its encirclement of Berlin and the Obersalzberg was comprehensively bombed by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron RAF, thereby rendering it useless as a bolt-hole during any planned escape to the south. The rush for the shelters probably saved Göring’s life, since the SS guards were on the point of executing him when the sirens sounded. The confirmation of Bormann’s total victory in the intrigues of the Nazi court came on April 26, when Hitler promoted Gen. Robert Ritter von Greim to the rank of field marshal and appointed him commander in chief of the Luftwaffe. Bormann must have been ecstatic over Hitler’s first order to Ritter von Greim: he was to fly to Karl Dönitz’s headquarters at Plön and arrest Heinrich Himmler for treason. This was impossible, however, since Ritter von Greim had been badly wounded earlier that day by Red Army gunfire shortly before landing in Berlin in a plane piloted by the daredevil aviatrix Hanna Reitsch.

    ALTHOUGH THE BULK OF THE REICHSBANK’S HOLDINGS had been transferred to the Kaiseroda mine at Merkers, much still remained in Berlin, ostensibly to pay the city’s Wehrmacht defenders in cash. At a meeting between the Führer, Dr. Funk, and Bormann on April 9, it had been decided to transfer the remaining gold and currency reserves of the Reichsbank to Bavaria. They were to be transported to the so-called “Bormann Bunker” in Munich, by road in a convoy of six Opel Blitz trucks and by two special trains code named Alder and Dolhe – “Eagle” and “Jackdaw”. The trains and trucks left Berlin on April 14 but took almost two weeks to arrive in Bavaria, due to the devastated road and rail networks and the chronic lack of gasoline.

    Following operation Seraglio / Harem exodus of nonessential personnel from the Führerbunker on April 22, Bormann instructed SS Gen. Kaltenbrunner to fly south in order to pursue Allen Dulles’s Operation Crossword. Kaltenbrunner decided that he would make his own arrangements for survival rather than relying solely upon Aktion Feuerland. In his capacity as head of RSHA, he ordered SS Gen. Josef Spacil to take a party of SS troops to remove everything of value in the vaults of the Reichsbank – securities, gems and 23 million gold reichmarks, worth $9.13 million (approximately $110 million in today’s money). One of the last transport planes to get out of the city flew this loot to Salzburg in Austria. From there it was taken by truck to the high Tyrolean town of Rauris and buried in a wooded mountain nearby.

    This largest armed robbery soon came to the attention of Martin Bormann who commented to his confederate “Gestapo” Muller,
    Well, Ernst is still looking out for Ernst. It doesn’t mean much to the big picture. But find ou where he has taken it. When it’s buried – and it will probably be in an Austrian lake close to his home – we might want one of our Gauleiters to watch over it. Kaltenbrunner may never last the war out, and it would be useful to the party later.

    In reality Kaltenbrunner, by striking out on his own, had signed his own death warrant, but he was still useful to Bormann as long as the talks with Dulles continued. The Allies recovered less than 10% of this enormous booty. The rest was used in the postwar years to finance the various escape networks for fleeing Nazis.

    The final authorization for the implementation of Operation Crossword came in the form of three “highest priority signals” from Washington on the morning of April 27, 1945. It took two days for all the various representatives to meet and sign the actual surrender documents for the German forces in Italy. In the meantime, Bormann had just barely enough time to activate time to activate the final option for Aktion Feuerland (the escape to TØnder). At 2:00 p.m. on May 2, 1945 a simultaneous Allied and German ceasefire came into effect in northern Italy. Five minutes earlier, an eighteen-year-old radio announcer, Richard Beier, made the very last broadcast by Grossdeutscher Rundfunk (Greater German Broadcasting) from its underground studio on Masurenallee in Berlin: “The Führer is dead. Long live the Reich!” But where was Hitler’s body?

    THIS WAS THE QUESTION ASKED by the first Soviet troops to enter the Führer at 9:00 that morning. A few days earlier, on April 29, a special detachment of the SMERSH ( NKVD counter espionage) elements serving the headquarters of the 3rd Shock Army had been created at Stalin’s insistence, specifically to discover the whereabouts of Adolf Hitler, dead or alive. The SMERSH team arrived at the Reich Chancellery moments after its capture by the Red Army. Despite intense pressure from Moscow, its searches proved fruitless. Although the charred bodies of Joseph and Magda Goebbels were quickly found in the shell-torn garden, no evidence for the deaths of Adolf Hitler or Eva Braun was found.

    Close behind the assault troops and NKVD officers, a group of twelve woman doctors and their assistants of the Red Army medical corp were the first to enter the bunker in the early afternoon of May 2. The leader of the group spoke fluent German and asked one of the four people then remaining in the bunker, the electrical machinist Johannes Hentschel, “Wo bist Adolf Hitler? Wo sind die Klamotten?” (“Where is Adolf Hitler? Where are the glad rags?”) She seemed more interested in Eva Braun’s clothes than in the fate of the Führer of the Third Reich. The failure to find an identifiable corpse would vex the Soviet authorities for many months, if not years. That day, the Soviet official newspaper Pravada declared, “The announcement of Hitler’s death was a fascist trick.”

    P 141

    02 VII 2021.


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