For years, conspiracy theorists have claimed the Nazi leader managed to escape from Berlin at the end of WW2. The outlandish theory was further fuelled in 2016 when the FBI released files of so-called “sightings” of Hitler, including some from Argentina.
But despite clear historical evidence of the evil dictator’s demise (a study of his teeth in 2018 concluded he had died in his bunker on this day in 1945), the bonkers conspiracy refuses to go away.
History Channel documentary Hunting Hitler delved into the theory earlier this year, with a team of experts setting on a mission to find Hitle.
And one episode appeared to get very close. Private investigator Steven Rambam led his team to a property in Charata, north Argentina, which used to be the home of a “prominent Nazi leader”.
They were led to the region by one of the files released by the FBI, written by an unnamed “informant” in November 1945. It read: “Hitler is in Argentina, he is living in a great underground establishment beneath a vast hacienda, 675 miles west from Florianopolis.”
After getting permission from the property owner to investigate the land, Steven’s partner Tim brought David Kelly, a sub-surface imaging specialist, to map what was beneath the surface.
David is seen hovering the heavy device, which is equipped with ground-penetrating technology, over the garden in a bid to pick up irregular signals.
As he moves closer to a pile of bricks, the machine detects a “busy disturbance” near a tree.
“We are surveying the property, and then we find one little blip that looks like the beginning of the entrance,” Steven says.
“And one foot later are five tonnes of bricks sitting there, covering whatever that little anomaly is.”
David decides to adjust the setting to allow him to scan the ground on top of the concrete block.
He says: “Now I’m starting to pick up activity, definitely there is of interest down there.”
The team then sends the data to their office in Los Angeles where criminologist Dr John Cencich and former CIA officer Bob Baer work on the images.
Dr Cencich reviewed the map and said: “What we see here is certain anomalies, we can see that the depths here are different.
“That depth tells me that something is buried at 8 to 10 feet below the surface of the ground.”
He is almost certain that a facility could have been located underground based on the pattern of the “disturbed soil”.
“Was this a place an underground facility could have been located? Yes.”
The Hitler “alive” conspiracy was finally disregarded by historical experts across the world after teeth found in the bunker matched X-rays taken of Hitler in 1944 and descriptions provided to the Soviets by Hitler’s dentist.
Philippe Charlier, lead author of the 2018 study in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, told AFP: “The teeth are authentic, there is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945.”