Title: Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany
Author: Jerome R. Corsi
No. of Pages: 192
Origins: Skyhorse Publishing
Release Date: 2 January 2014
Bottom Line: Fascinating hypothesis with careful evaluation of evidence to support it
“In 2009, three US professors with access to Adolf Hitler’s alleged remains startled the world with scientific DNA proof that the skull and bones that Russia had claimed since the end of World War II were Hitler’s actually belonged to a middle-aged woman whose identity remains unknown. This announcement has rekindled interest in the claim made by Joseph Stalin, maintained to the end of his life, that Hitler got away. The truth is that no one saw Hitler and Eva Braun die in the bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945. No photographs were taken to document claims Hitler and Evan Braun committed suicide. Hitler’s body was never recovered. No definitive physical evidence exists proving Hitler died in the bunker in Berlin.
Dr. Jerome Corsi explores the historical possibility that Hitler escaped Nazi Germany at the end of World War II. FBI and CIA records maintained at the National Archives indicate that the US government took seriously reports at the end of World War II that Hitler had escaped to Argentina. More recent evidence suggests Hitler may have fled to Indonesia, where he married and worked at a hospital in Sumbawa. Even the chief of the US trial counsel at Nuremburg, Thomas J. Dodd, was quoted as saying, “No one for sure can say Adolf Hitler is dead.”
Putting massive amounts of evidence and research under a critical eye, Dr. Corsi shows that perhaps modern history’s most tantalizing question has yet to be definitively answered: Did Hitler escaped Nazi Germany at the end of World War II to plot revenge and to plan the rise of the Fourth Reich?”
Thoughts: Hunting Hitler is exactly what the synopsis states it to be. It is nothing more than a detailed examination of all of the evidence put forth by the Germans and by the Allies proclaiming the double suicide of Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler. Written in a narrative fashion, Dr. Corsi explores one piece of evidence per chapter, giving each case a thorough evaluation on its plausibility, especially in the context of other evidence gathered. He takes the driest evidence and gives it a life of its own through historical context.
As one would imagine given its timeliness, Dr. Corsi pays particular attention to the DNA discovery in 2009 but does not limit his review to that event. He also focuses on the multiple contradictions in the alleged eyewitnesses to the events, declassified documents discussing Nazi defections to Brazil, as well as the mysterious and unsolved routes taken by various U-Boats before they surrendered, also in Brazil. Of particular interest is the length Hitler’s secretary went to distribute the Nazi wealth among various businesses and banks to get it out of Germany should the war not end in their favor. Unbelievably, this massive export of funds and other valuables started as early as 1942 and ended up involving some of the most well-respected banks and companies in existence even today.
What emerges is a clear understanding that while one will never definitively know Hitler’s fate on 30 April 1945, there is too much evidence that points to Hitler’s escape from Germany rather than his suicide. Dr. Corsi presents the idea that the suicide story is nothing more than a fabrication by the Allies to further embarrass the defeated Germans. That there is much more to the story than the history books state, there is no doubt. Hunting Hitler presents a very intriguing hypothesis that could not only rewrite the history books but also force people to rethink the complexity of the Nazi regime and its survival.