The mental image of Adolf Hitler living out his final days happily in sunny South America is an unpleasant one, but it’s one that continues to endure.
The story is at stark odds with the official version of events, which places the Fuhrer with his wife of just one day Eva Braun, in an underground bunker on 30 April 1945.
A reported suicide pact saw Hitler die by a gunshot to the head and Braun poisoned by a cyanide pill, after the Nazi leader’s terrible reign was defeated by the Allied powers.
Their bodies were then taken outside and burned by staff, before being deposited in a shallow grave, it is claimed.
But a growing number believe this version of events to be untrue, subscribing instead to the theory that Hitler was among thousands of Nazis to seek refuge in South America.
Abel Basti is one of those to detail this hypothesis in his book El Exilio De Hitler (Hitler in Exile), a new edition of which was recently published in Argentina.
Basti, who has written extensively on the dictator, told Sputnik News: “There was an agreement with the US that Hitler would run away and that he shouldn’t fall into the hands of the Soviet Union. This also applies to many scientists, the military and spies who later took part in the struggle against the Soviet regime.”