The FBI examined rumours that Adolf Hitler may not have died on April 30, 1945, according to declassified documents.
American’s crime bureau looked at information claiming the Nazi leader had escaped to Argentina via a submarine and a U-boat during the end of World War II – five months after he killed himself in a Berlin bunker.
The files are dated September 21, 1945 – two weeks after Japan surrendered following the dropping of the atomic bomb, report Daily Star.
The historical consensus is that the Nazi leader killed himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945 – nearly 74 years ago this week.
But a number of rumours surfaced about the evil despot seemingly surviving the war.
During the years, Hitler has been reported living in the foothills of the Andes after escaping to Argentina via a submarine and a U-boat.
FBI files reveal the investigation into claims of Hitler’s survival including numerous letters between former director John Edgar Hoover and his underlings.
They reveal that 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 reportedly to have pitched up on the shores of Argentina, before they were then led away on horseback into the foothills of the Andes.
It’s said the information came from a source who was seeking ‘immunity from being sent back to the Argentina’.
The Nazi leader was claimed to have been suffering poor health from asthma and ulcers when arrived in Argentina with around 50 people – believed to be officials and their family members who had fled the Third Reich.
The source has named six Argentine officials who were said to have helped arranged to shelter Hitler.
However, these tip-offs were deemed as ‘a lack of sufficient information to support the story’ by the FBI officials.
They also noted it is “impossible to continue efforts to locate Hitler with the sparse information obtained to date”.
There were articles suggested that an Argentine reporter claimed to have seen a provincial police report documented a strange submarine landing a high-ranking officer and civilian.
The report even suggested the pair might have been Hitler and his lover Eva Braun in disguise, according to the Independent.
It’s said the Nazi leader hoped to avoid falling into the hands of the Russians and maybe to settle in South America without being sent to a prison of war camp.