Argentine Nazi Dark Migration

This is another retelling of thetale of the purported escape of a cadre of devoted Nazis in several U-boats tothe Argentine.  No one actually reportsthat Hitler was ever seen among them and the reports from the bunker are ratherconvincing and would need a conspiracy beyond the possible.

I rather suspect that it was notin Hitler’s make up to do other than any war lord would do, but to shoothimself at the bitter end.  Yet such anescape may well have been planned and followed by the escape team itself at war’send when it was obvious that none of the hierarchy would be joining them.  It would certainly provide a false trail.  They also had the escape loot.

The fact that a few did surrenderin Argentine waters certainly conforms that some made the effort.  The missing ones may well have been scuttledor even sunk or as likely simply did not exist at that point in the war.  Once unloaded, there was nothing left to do.

That fact alone gives credence tothe tale itself, and it is a fact that a surprising number of right resumesmade it to that part of the world after the war.  They are all gone now.

Nazis in South America

Hitler allegedly fled to Bariloche, Argentinafollowing WWII.

On Sunday, July 11, 2004, the Chilean newspaper Las Ultimas Noticiaspublished a brief interview with an author whose book had created a stirthroughout South America. Abel Basti’sBariloche Nazi openly suggested that the German Führer Adolf Hitler did not diein a Berlin bunker, but managed to escape to South America along with hismistress Eva Braun. Both spent their last days in the Argentinean mountainresort of San Carlos de Bariloche in the Andes.

According to Basti, Hitler died in 1960. No date for Braun’s death hasbeen put forth. One of the locations identified as a hideaway for Hitler in Argentina isthe San Ramón estancia or ranch, owned by the German principality ofSchaumburg-Lippe. Another is the InalcoMansion on the shores of Lake NahuelHuapi.  Hitler’s days in Argentinawere apparently uneventful. He went for long hikes along the shores of NahuelHuapi and took in the clean Andean air. His trademark mustache shaven and hishair gone gray, the architect of millions of deaths had settled down as ahouseholder.

If Hitler did, in fact, live out his final years in South America, howdid he get there from the bunker in Berlinwhere he is believed to have committed suicide?

Rogue Submarines

After the fall of Germany,the British Admiralty had issued a command to all German submarines in the highseas advising them to hoist a black flag or emblem after surfacing and toturn themselves in at the nearest port. This directly countermanded codedmessage 0953/4, the Nazi fleet’s last official communication, which advisedU-boat commanders of the surrender and directed that their vessels be scuttledbefore falling into enemy hands.

As of May 29, 1945, the seas were believed to have been cleared of Nazisubs, until one of them pulled into the Portuguese port of Leixoes.The Allied Command began to wonder if Hitler could have escaped aboard one ofhis subs. A few weeks later, the U.S Navy reported that four or five U-boatsremained unaccounted for. Hunted and running out of fuel, it was a matter oftime before the dead-enders turned up. But where?

On July 10, the Argentinean submarine base at Mar del Plata was surprised by the arrival ofU-530, commanded by Otto Vermouth. A month later, U-977 under the command ofHeinz Schaeffer surfaced off the Argentinean coast and surrendered to twocoastal patrol vessels engaged in exercises.

Were there more rogue submarines somewhere in the South Atlantic Ocean?

In the late summer of 1945, Basti alleges, two former crewmen of thebattleship Graf Spee (scuttled outside the city of Montevideo,Uruguay, in 1939 to keep itfrom being captured by the British Navy) traveled to an undisclosed location inPatagonia to rendezvous with a submarinecarrying some very important exiles from the shattered Third Reich.

Basti continues: “The sailors say that they slept in a Patagonian ranchand in the early morning hours were on hand to receive the submarines. Theybrought trucks and loaded baggage and people onto them. One researcher spokewith the sailors—now deceased—and they confirmed the story.”

The convoy of Kriegsmarine U-boats consisted of ten vessels carrying atleast 60 passengers each, Adolf Hitler among them. According to Basti, thesailors went public with their story in 1950.

Allied forces reconstructed the trajectory of the U-977 from itsdeparture from Norwayon May 2, 1945, to its arrival in Argentinean territorial waters in Augustthanks to the U-boat’s log. Captain Schaeffer and his crew had sailedunderwater from Bergen to the South Atlantic without surfacing.

Was this submarine part of the ten-ship convoy that the namelesssailors of the Graf Spee had received in Patagonia?

A book written in 1956 by Jochen Brennecke, another crewman of the GrafSpee, described having loaded half a dozen trucks with a series of boxesstamped geheime Reichssache, which had been unloaded from submarines off theArgentine coast, and later taken to an estancia or ranch deep in Patagonia.Other authors have suggested that these boxes contained nearly 90 kilos ofplatinum and 2,000 kilos of gold and precious jewels that formed part of theWaffen-S.S.’s treasure: enough to finance a war of resistance from a hiddenlocation.

Stories like this one, or their variants, have been told for the past50 years. The Führer and his closest advisors board a submarine (the Baltic port of Kielis often mentioned as the point of departure) and take off for parts unknown,usually Antarctica or some South American location (Brazil,Paraguay, Argentina, or perhaps even Chile) fromwhich the Reich could reorganize and strike back at the world. Some versionsposit that advanced technology in the form of “flying saucers” was broughtalong during the escape, and that the blond haired, blue-eyed saucernauts wereperfect Aryans achieved through advanced genetic engineering.

But what Abel Basti probably doesn’t know (and what many Nazi historybuffs have probably overlooked) is that Hitler had cast a predatory eye on Latin America long before the rise of the thousand-yearReich. According to an article in Executive Intelligence Review by William F.Wertz, Jr., titled “The Nazi-Instigated National Synarchist Union of Mexico,” the Führer’s greater geopolitical strategyincluded Latin America as a fertile and veryenticing part of the world to be brought to heel.

According to Wertz, Hitler believed that the Mexican Republicwas “the best and richest country in the world, with the laziest and mostdissipated population under the sun…a country that cries for a capable master.With the treasure of Mexican soil, Germany could be rich and great!”The source of this quote is Hermann Rauschning, the governor of Danzig who left the Nazi cause in 1934 and who is betterknown in conspiracy and paranormal circles as the source of information aboutHitler’s terrifying contacts with extrahuman forces.

Hitler did not envision hundreds of thousands of infantrymen andmechanized divisions crossing the Atlantic to win this prize, rather, his planwas to make use of German nationals already living in Latin American countries,subverting the local political process with the assistance of the Germanindustrial and economic presence in Latin America.It isn’t clear if he ever imagined having to take refuge in the lands he saw asripe for the taking.

In the Shadow of the Swastika

Argentina remained neutral throughout World War II,though there was strong pro-Axis sentiment in the country. The Secretary of Warat the time was Juan Domingo Perón, the legendary strongman whose wife wasimmortalized by a Broadway musical. In 1945. Perón countermanded an order givento the Argentinean Navy to intercept Kriegsmarine elements attempting to roundCape Horn and escape into the Pacific Ocean, presumably toward Axis Japan. TheArgentinean fleet was instructed to return to its base at Port Belgrano. Thatvery spring, Peron’s wife, the glamorous María Eva (“Evita”) Duarte, had received considerable deposits inher name from the Transatlantic German Bank, the Banco Germánico, and theTornquist Bank. A year later, Evita Perón visited Genoato play an instrumental role in getting Martin Bormann into Argentina.

The long, hot summer of 1945 was a busy one indeed. Gestapo chiefHeinrich Miller emerged from a submarine at OrenseBeach in southern Buenos Aires province while other U-boatswere reportedly seen at Claromecó and Reta. In his book ODESSA al Sur (TheSouthern Odessa), Jorge Camarasa states: “Someone had told me that HeinrichMiller had come ashore at Orense in 1945, and that the trawler Ottolenghi hadtransferred him to Necochea, from where he headed to [the town of] CoronelPringles to organize the escape of sailors from the Graf Spee who were internedin the old Sierra de la Ventana hotel.” Could some of these sailors have formedpart of Hitler’s welcoming committee, as described in Bariloche Nazi?

Camarasa worked closely with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in BuenosAires on the extradition of Nazi war criminals, and his research turned up somefascinating information. Over 50 documents from Argentina’snaval authorities were found regarding reports of U-boats on the Patagonianlittoral in a 40-day period, including a landing in Quequén and multiplesightings off the coastal towns of Comodoro Rivadavia, Ingeniero White, and San Antonio Oeste.Camarasa believes that another landing occurred near the current location ofVilla Gessell, where small numbers of personnel debarked with boxes of unknowncontent and remained there for a certain time before leaving to otherdestinations, perhaps elsewhere in South America.

In the 1990s, the World Jewish Congress pressured then-president CarlosMenem to declassify all information regarding the presence of Nazi warcriminals in Argentina, but it would not be until May 2003 that PresidentNéstor Kirchner ordered his Ministry of the Interior to look into the “darkmigration” of war criminals to his country, a task which started with theopening of that department’s files. Entry cards for one Helmut Gregor (an aliasemployed by “Doctor Death,” Josef Mengele), for example, report his arrival inBuenos Aires in 1949 aboard a Panamanian freighter, describing him as a 38year-old Catholic lathe operator from Germany.

Another investigative journalist, Uki Goñi, unearthed more leads on theNazi migration southward and the complicity of government functionaries inallowing the entry not only of former Gestapo, SS, and military personnel, butalso members of the Croatian Ustasche (at least 15 war criminals among 7,000immigrants).

Two to four years after the U-boat landings, “superstars” like AdolfEichmann and Erich Priebke began to arrive in Argentina,allegedly aided by members of the Catholic clergy, particularly an Italianbishop who facilitated their escape through the port city of Genoa.

Children of the Reich

In 1956, a land purchase took place in the Chilean locality of LaParra, some 400 kilometers south of Santiagode Chile. The buyer was a man named Paul Shafer, who quickly established the“Sociedad Benefactora y Educacional Dignidad” as a settlement for a small knotof European emigrés. Before long, the tiny settlement had evolved into a majorcenter of activity, complete with an airstrip, several factories, fillingstations, trucks, schools, and its own power station. It became known as“Colonia Dignidad” and become the focus of Nazi activity in Chile, playing a major role inaiding the Pinochet dictatorship.

This was just part of a process that had been taking place for decades.The first National Socialist organization in Chilewas established in the town of Osornoin April 1931; within eight years, the Chilean Nazi Party had over 1,000card-carrying members, most of them influential figures from the spheres ofbusiness and politics.

Chile is also the home of one of the most notoriousproponents of “Esoteric Hitlerism,” former diplomat and author Miguel Serrano.Serrano’s career brought him into contact with Indian traditions while heserved as Chile’s ambassador to India in the 1950s, soaking in the same Tibetanlore and wisdom that had so fascinated European Nazis. He later went on to holda number of prestigious positions with the United Nations.

Serrano’s works of occult fascism appeared as a trilogy whose firstbook, published in 1984, bears the title Adolfo Hitler, el último avatara(Hitler, the last avatar) and tries to establish a link between Nazism and theGermanic mystical tradition, the Knights Templar, the ancient Aryans, and thebelief in underground civilizations of supermen like Agarttha. In Serrano’sviewpoint, his ideology seeks to perform the holy task of keeping the worldsafe from a Zionist-Masonic plot for world domination and enshrining the sacredteachings handed down from the hidden realm presided over by the “King of theWorld.”

Written by Scott Corrales, a long-time contributor to Fate. He is theeditor of Inexplicata: The Journal of Hispanic Ufology. Published in FATEJan/Feb 2009.

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