Did Hitler Actually Die? Declassified CIA Documents Reveal Strange Reports From The 1950s
Adolf Hitler ended his life by suicide in 1945, and that’s how history books have told his story in the half-century since. Beyond classrooms and public knowledge, though, United States intelligence officials reportedly chased down some very strange leads all of those decades ago.
These are the details of the declassified reports.
Recently declassified CIA reports suggested that, back in the 1950s, agents investigated leads suggesting that Hitler’s death might have never happened in the first place.
…Or True Crime?
The U.S. Central Intelligence Authority was informed of the strange story in the 1950s. Former Schutzstaffel soldier Phillipp Citroen is the man who approached the CIA with details.
Living In Tunja, Colombia
Phillipp Citroen crossed paths with a man living in the Colombian town of Tunja, situated just 80 miles north of Bogota. This man claimed to be none other than Adolf Hitler himself.
The Community Of Former Nazis
“Citroen claimed to have met this individual at a place called ‘Residencies Coloniales,’” the documents state. The location was described as “overly populated with former German Nazis.”
Hitler In Hiding
“According to Citroen,” the reports continue, “the Germans residing in Tunja follow this alleged Adolf Hitler with an idolatry of the Nazi past.” Community members reportedly addressed him as “Elder Fuhrer” and greeted him with the Nazi salute.
The Photographic Evidence
Citroen provided CIA agents with a photograph that showed him sitting next to this man. He strongly resembled Hitler, but agents wrote it off as a rumor.
Same Story, Same Decade
In 1955, another man approached CIA agents with the same story. The individual was identified as Cimelody-3. He told intelligence officials that Citroen moved to Venezuela and still kept in contact with this so-called Hitler.
Meeting Once A Month
Cimelody was apparently friendly with Citroen, and he told intelligence officials that Citroen maintained contact with this supposed Hitler while he was in the country as an employee of the Royal Dutch Shipping Company.
Documenting The Details
Cimelody told agents that this man left Colombia in 1955 and relocated to Argentina. Again, CIA agents dismissed the story as patently false; they still documented the details in a formal report that they delivered to superiors, of course.
The Secret Side Of History
Even if this man had been the true Adolf Hitler, he’d be dead now. Still, this story provides incredible insight into worldwide intelligence operations and the thousands of investigations that we’ll never know about.
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