Did Hitler really die in 1945?

Leo Garnier

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Some FBI documents surfaced a few years ago, suggesting that Adolf Hitler’s death may not have happened in 1945.
Instead, the files hint that he has been sighted in foreign countries so late as ten years after the end of the war.

We all know that the war ended with Hitler’s death on the 30th of April 1945. The common story is that he poisoned his children and wife then shot himself.
The second world war ended abruptly, and Hitler could never be heard for his war crimes.

Stories of a fake death surfaced after the war,  propagated mostly by the Russian government. At the Potsdam conference, Stalin himself denied that Hitler had died, and the news was spread around.
Allies themselves had spread the information that Hitler might try to disguise himself to escape Germany. They were uncertain of being able to catch him a year before the war’s end.

A picture of Hitler's possible disguise by the United States Secret Service, in 1944.
A picture of Hitler’s possible disguise by the United States Secret Service, in 1944.

The allies quickly denied this possibility, and Hitler’s death was confirmed to the world.

The Russian federation changed versions a few years later. They then claimed to be in possession of the remains of Hitler and his wife: two skulls, one of them having a bullet in the head.

The secret documents hinting at Hitler being alive

A new information arose a few years back and brought a new possibility to the table. An until then withheld report from the CIA suggested that a former SS named Phillip Citroen (a codename?) had followed Hitler to Colombia and Argentina.

The file mentions a former SS soldier who would meet with Hitler monthly.

The file mentions a former SS soldier who would meet with Hitler monthly.

After working for ten years in Colombia, Hitler would've fled to Argentina at the age of 66.
After working for ten years in Colombia, Hitler would’ve fled to Argentina at the age of 66.

The documents were strangely not very talked about.
The fact that spies would’ve followed any trace of Hitler was understandable. His and his family’s bodies had been seized by the Russian military. Soldiers then buried the bodies in unmarked spots.
And no photographs had been taken either.
Which is why the US government was very serious about making sure the man was dead.

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Now, although the report is indeed a valid file, it is unknown whether it is correct. Neither FBI nor CIA nor the US government confirmed whether it’s contents were true or false.
For a simple reason indeed : the former SS was the only witness to this, and his words could never be verified.
A picture that was given in the report by Citroen isn’t enough of a proof to prove that Hitler indeed didn’t die in 1945.

 

A picture of Hitler that the informant claimed to have taken in 1955.
A picture of Hitler that the informant claimed to have taken in 1955.

 

As such, this document isn’t enough of a proof to change a hundred years worth of history.
The claims, although coming from a supposedly believable source, are too big to be taken so lightly.
Another disturbing fact is that the remains that Russia had were confirmed as not being Hitler’s.
Hitler’s former dentist did confirm part of the remains to have been Hitler’s upon investigation of his disappearance, but it is impossible to know whether he was lying or not.

Though, Hitler was believed to have Parkinson’s and would most likely not have survived much longer. 
But it is indeed interesting to think about and definitely something that could fuel conspiracy theories. 

 

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Leo Garnier