Declassified documents held by the investigative agency reveal the FBI received rumours of Hitler's survival just five months after his death on April 30, 1945, ONAreports citing Daily Star.
US spooks received information claiming the Nazi leader had fled Germany via U-boat in the dying days of the war as the allies pressed on Berlin. It is said Argentine officials welcomed Hitler and he remained hiding out in the foothills of the Andes. FBI files are dated September 21, 1945, just two weeks after Japan surrendered following the dropping of the A-bomb and the official end of World War 2. History accepts Hitler shot himself aged 56 in his Fuhrerbunker on April 30 that year - almost exactly 74 years ago this week.
FBI files held of the bureau’s officials website reveal the investigation into claims of Hitler’s survival went right to the top of the bureau - being considered by director John Edgar Hoover. Numerous letters between Hoover and his underlings reveal they passed information to military intelligence after receiving the tip-off. The heavily redacted data packet reveals claims Hitler arrived in Argentina two and a half weeks after the fall of Berlin. Two submarines are said to have pitched up on the shores of Argentina, before they were then led away on horseback into the foothills of the Andes. The information is said to have come from a source met by an FBI agent in Hollywood who was seeking “immunity from being sent back to the Argentina”.
Hitler was claimed to have been suffering from asthma and ulcers - and had shaved off his famous moustache. The Nazi leader is said to have arrived in Argentina with around 50 others, believed to be officials and their family members who had fled the Third Reich. It is claimed the source named six Argentina officials who had arranged to shelter the Nazi leader. FBI officials who filed the report however conclude there is a “lack of sufficient information to support the story” and concluded there is doubt whether the source is “telling the truth”. They also not it is “impossible to continue efforts to locate Hitler with the sparse information obtained to date”.