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September 27, 2009

Alive and Living in Argentina

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Today offered this link from London's Daily Mail regarding a finding that a skull thought to have been Adolf Hitler's actually was that of a woman, according to DNA tests.

No doubt that revelation will set History Doubters, Conspiracy Theorists and Truthers of all sorts aflutter.

I don't much care. Hitler was born 120 years ago 20 April, so I doubt that he's likely to magically appear anytime soon in Munich hale, hearty and rarin' to start the Fourth Reich. The likely explanation is that the Russians simply found the wrong skull when in 1946 they scoured the bunker site looking for remains. There is no reason as yet to seriously doubt the accepted version of the dictator's last hours.

The reaction to the news might have been different in the late 1940s. In those days a tabloid called the Police Gazette regularly sprouted headlines asserting that Hitler was alive in Argentina. I was just a kid then and bought only comic books at the drugstore periodicals section, so I never read the doubtlessly compelling proof the magazine surely offered.

And why Argentina? The Argentine president, Juan Peron, was friendly to refugees from Germany in the years following the war. For example, Focke-Wulf aircraft designer Kurt Tank went there to develop a jet fighter for Peron's air force.



posted by Donald at September 27, 2009


Hitler was found in 1979, aged 90, in the Amazon jungles of Brazil by Jewish Nazi hunters from Tel Aviv. Right, George?

I thought everybody knew that, already, even - exit, stage left...

Posted by: Scott Lahti on September 27, 2009 7:35 PM

Peron granted regular passports and jobs to nazis. Under their own names. Some houses in Buenos Aires still appear to have been decorated by a crazy Austrian house-painter.

Posted by: j on September 28, 2009 3:01 AM

"I doubt that he's likely to magically appear anytime soon in Munich hale, hearty and rarin' to start the Fourth Reich." Well, obviously; the Fourth Reich is based in Brussels.

Posted by: dearieme on September 29, 2009 5:42 AM

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