CIA memos from JFK files: Hitler may have escaped Germany after the Second World War

Recently declassified documents from the CIA archives reveal the testimony of a man who claimed to have met Hitler in Colombia in the 1950s. The informant, a German SS trooper, claimed that a man named Adolf Schritteimayor was living in a community of former Nazis who greeted him with the Nazi salute- and he had a photograph to prove it.
Citroen with Adolf Schritteimayor Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

According to newly declassified documents from the JFK files, the CIA apparently received reports in the 1950s that Adolf Hitler had escaped Germany and was living among former Nazi's in Colombia. The CIA's bureau chief in Venezuela had passed the information onto his superiors, along with a picture of a man "who strongly resembled and claimed to be" Hitler.

The documents described the informant, a man named Philip Citroen, who was a former German SS trooper who claimed to have met the Fuhrer himself in September of 1955. Citroen claimed that he met with Hitler during his visit to the town of Tunja, north of Bogota, as part of his work with a railway company and was in contact with him "about once a month."

Citroen had a photo of himself posing with the alleged-Hitler, who went by "Adolf Schritteimayor," which was included in the CIA documents.

According to Citroen, many former Nazis were living in Tunja and were "addressing him (the alleged Hitler) as 'der Fuhrer' and affording him the Nazi salute and storm-trooper adulation." The intelligence agency did not take the claim seriously, however, and suggested that "this matter be dropped" because "enormous efforts (to confirm the rumors) could be expanded on this matter with remote possibilities of establishing anything concrete."

It is widely believed that Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945 by gunshot and cyanide shortly before the Soviet army overtook the city. His body was buried in an unmarked grave.



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