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Did Hitler Survive World War II? Declassified CIA Docs Say Yes

A CIA report declassified as part of the JFK assassination document dump suggests that Adolph Hitler survived World War II and lived for several months in Colombia, Newsweek reported. The memo, filed by the CIA’s Venezuela bureau chief in October 1955, says that a former SS officer was in regular contact with the former Fuhrer.

Hitler was apparently working as a shipping company employee in a small village only a few hours from the Colombian capital. According to the memo, Hitler then fled to Argentina.

The CIA agent appeared to have been skeptical of the report from the former SS officer, who is referred to with a codename.

“Neither Chimelody-3 nor this station is in a position to give an intelligent evaluation of the information and it is being forwarded as of possible interest,” the memo reads.

The report included a photograph of the former SS officer and Hitler, who is still sporting his infamous mustache.

Historians widely agree, based on reports from Allied soldiers, that Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin in the final days of the war in Europe. A Russian official told CNN in 2009 that the Russian army threw Hitler’s remains into a German river.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman.


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