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Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground
Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground
by Jonathan Kay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Distrubing - America is heading for the rocks, 20 July 2014
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This is a most disturbing book. It's a little dry, but I've read it twice and find it's arguments convincing. I think the author is right. The Truthers are doing immense damage to rational discourse. Their numbers are increasing and they are undermining the democratic system and America. You've only to read their ravings amongst the one star reviews on Amazon's American site to see how deranged some of them are.

It's their hatred of genuine expertise I find so disturbing. Anyone with genuine knowledge is immediately suspect. In the past you could dismiss these fringe loonies. But the author demonstrates many are now found in the educated middle class. When they start spouting junk watch out. America is heading for the rocks and with it the free world if it fails to deal with the problem.

Another book worth reading is "Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History" by David Aaronovitch.
He, too, is worried by the influence conspiracy theorists are having.


1997 Conservative anti Tony Blair New Labour Election Poster A3 Print
1997 Conservative anti Tony Blair New Labour Election Poster A3 Print
by Vintage Poster Shop
Edition: Map

3.0 out of 5 stars Events have proved it right!, 22 Jun 2014
This poster was controversial when first published. No longer! History has proved it correct. Blair was the man who gave us five wars in six years - including Iraq, the greatest uncontrolled immigration in Britain's history and he and Gordon Brown failed to predict the international financial collapse - a triple whammy!

These may be "honest mistakes". So was the Munich agreement. Neville Chamberlain's reputation has never recovered. Nor, I suspect will Blair's. He's crossed the Chamberlain line.


London's New Routemaster
London's New Routemaster
by Tony Lewin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail the Boris bus!, 14 Jun 2014
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So London's Mayor Boris Johnson - the man who gave us the Boris bike and presided over London during the triumphant Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, now brings us the Boris bus - London's new Routemaster. For the first time in history riding on a London bus is in danger of becoming cool.

This book is a celebration and published in association with Transport for London. So it's an official publication and sings the praises of the bus and everyone involved, including Boris Johnson! That having been said there's no doubt the new bus was needed and is a remarkable achievement. In the 1970s and 80s some terrible designs with screeching brakes, disfigured London. No-one seemed able to design a good-looking comfortable bus. To travel on one was a down-market experience - something for the old and society's losers. The bendy buses, introduced by the previous mayor Ken Livingstone, were a disaster - a challenge to drive and menace to other roads users, especially cyclists and pedestrians struggling to cross the road. Then along came Boris Johnson. He promised to scrap the foreign-built bendies and replace them by a British built Routemaster. Despite scepticism he succeeded and created a new icon for the capital.

Did I say British built? Yes, this bus was built in the UK, but outside London. People across the country have benefited. The bus is built in Northern Ireland, the engines in Darlington, the seats in Huddersfield, the flooring in Liskeard etc. Where the brilliant red paint comes from I have no idea. Perhaps someone will let us know.

Although this is an official publication the author Tony Lewin, knows his subject and provides a lot of fascinating information. The book is lavishly illustrated and recounts the history of double-deckers in London while telling us about the development of the new Routemaster. Interestingly the designers regarded the bus, which is larger than the original Routemaster, as a slow moving building on wheels. To prevent this big vehicle looming over our streets the designers rounded off the corners and curved the exterior reducing the visual mass of the bus. Unlike the drab off-the peg vehicles that made bus travel in London such an unpleasant experience the new Routemaster is tailor-made for the capital - a bespoke design with a distinctive character.

What Londoners see on their streets now - 600 buses are planned - is changing the look of the capital providing stylish public transport for ordinary people and something that will appeal to visitors.

The new Routemaster was chosen from many designs submitted in a public competition. The book also shows pictures of some of the runner-ups. Many of these designs look good, too. So other cities in the UK and abroad might find a new design for their public transport already on the drawing board if they want something different from the Boris bus.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60EB-K Compact Digital Camera - Black (18.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (New for 2014)
Price: 309.99

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOOKS GREAT-BUT TELE PHOTO LENS TOO LONG!, 4 Jun 2014
I've been using Panasonic Lumix compact cameras for a number of years and am delighted with the pictures they produce. For the past 18 months I've used a DMC-SZI and I've written a review about it here on Amazon.

Now along comes this new camera with an eye level viewfinder which I really want. There's only one problem - the lens. A 30x zoom is far too long and powerful! A 10X zoom would be ideal. A smaller lens would be more compact and cheaper.

Is it too much to hope Panasonic will produce this camera with and eye level viewfinder and 18 million pixels, but a smaller lens?

So at the moment I'm awarding the camera three stars, though I expect it would deserve more if it was produced in the form I prefer.
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Aftermath: Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich
Aftermath: Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich
by Ladislas Farago
Edition: Paperback

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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute drivel - Avoid!, 1 Jun 2014
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This book is junk. First published in 1974 it excited international ridicule. Gales of helpless laughter swept around the world. Serious historians have laughed ever since. But the ignorant and conspiracy theorists lapped up every word. They believe this book is true despite mountains of evidence that proves it's fraudulent.

The British historian Stephen Dorril claimed its author, the journalist Ladislas Farago, was the 'most successful disinformer or dupe' regarding the presence of Nazis in South America.

And in his book "The Nazi Menace in Argentina" Ronald Newton told readers the historic record had been left 'booby-trapped with an extraordinary number of hoaxes, forgeries, unanswered propaganda ploys and assorted dirty tricks'.

Ladislas Farago fell for them hook, line and sinker. In fact his book "AFTERMATH" was sunk in 1972 - two years before it was published. In that year he published a series of articles in two newspapers - the London Daily Express and the New York Daily News. Farago claimed one the world's most wanted Nazis, Martin Bormann, had survived the war and was now leading the life of a prosperous businessman in Argentina. And the papers published a photo to prove it.

Unfortunately, the photo turned out to be a picture of an innocent man - a respected schoolteacher. And the man Farago claimed was his star informant denounced the articles.

"The Ottawa Journal" summarised the story that went round the world under the headline - `Never saw Bormann or looked for him Bormann ... Stories are phonies, Argentinean says.' The paper reported:- `The New York Times says in a report from Buenos Aires that an Argentine intelligence officer credited in news stories with tracking down top Nazi Martin Bormann has said he never saw Bormann, or even looked for him. The Times quotes Juan Jose Velasco identified as the main informant in a series of articles researched by Ladislas Farago and carried recently by the Daily News here and the London Daily Express as saying the documents used by Farago were forgeries. "I think he's dead," The Times quotes Velasco as saying.'

The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh rubbed salt in the wounds - `Bormann Documents "Hoax," Israeli Expert Charges' ... `An Israeli expert said today that the recent "revelations" that Hitler's deputy Martin Bormann was alive in Argentina were untrue and based on documents that "are a hoax." Vaacov Caroz, an Israeli writer and acknowledged expert on Intelligence matters, said the documents cited by author Ladislas Farago as proof that Bormann fled to Argentina in 1948 and still lives there contain no information that has not been available to the public from other sources for years.'

According to the Independent Press - Telegram (10 December 1972 - Page 35):- `The Argentine Federal Police, from whose files Farago said the documents printed with his articles had come, stated categorically last Wednesday that none of the published documents had come from their files. Commissisioner Osvaldo A. Messore, chief spokesman for the federal police, was supplied last Monday with a written list of the documents cited by number in Farago's article and with copies of the Daily Express in which the facsimiles of some documents were reproduced. As Farago's series unfolded, much of its content seemed familiar to those who have kept up with newspaper and magazine publications on the flight of Nazis to South America since the war. There also were gross errors in key details, such as the name and description of the Argentine ranch where Bormann allegedly had been traced by Argentine intelligence officials.'

So collapse of Farago's newspaper articles. Worse was the come.

A few days later, the West German authorities dug up Bormann's remains in Berlin. His corpse was last seen 27 years before in 1945 by the Hitler Youth Leader Artur Axmann near the Lehrter station. This was shortly after Bormann fled from the bunker following Hitler's suicide. In 1972 workmen discovered human remains near the site. The skull was examined and Bormann identified by the teeth. Also the bones. Bormann had damaged his shoulder during a riding accident and the bones showed evidence of this.

The London Times newspaper carried this report dated 28 Feb 1973:- `The West German authorities ended their search for Martin Bormann today with a ruling that a skeleton found here late last year belonged to Hitler's deputy.

`"The hunt for Bormann is over", Herr Wilhelm Metzner, the Frankfurt prosecutor who has been in charge of the Bormann investigation, said."

The report forwarded to Herr Metzner from West Berlin Institute for Forensic Medicine `said Bormann had been identified through the skeleton's teeth, measurements, skull shape and mended collar bone.'

The Times carried a further report dated 11 April 1973:- `Martin Bormann is officially dead ... "The investigation into what happened to Hitler's deputy is now officially closed. There is no doubt whatever that Bormann committed suicide in Berlin in 1945."

`Thus Herr Joachim Richter. A Hesse Land prosecutor, announced in Frankfurt today that one of the longest criminal investigations ever undertaken has come to an end. Herr Richter's conclusion is based on a combination of personal accounts by a number of people who saw Bormann's body in 1945 and on a vast amount of scientific documentation.'

Bormann's body was found next to a much taller man, Hitler's personal surgeon Dr Ludwig Stumpfegger, who's corpse was also spotted in 1945. He, too, was successfully identified.

A wise man would have abandoned his book. But no! Farago had received advance payment of $100,000 for his book and published "AFTERMATH - Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich" in 1974. The result was catastrophic. Abuse and scorn rained down upon him.

Farago died in 1980 and escaped the final humiliation - the proof beyond all doubt that Bormann died in 1945. This evidence confirmed that the stories Farago told about the Nazi leader living in South America were false.

In 1998 Bormann's remains were DNA tested. An article in The Los Angeles Times sums up what happened:-

`NAZI'S FAMILY SAYS CASE CLOSED - May 06, 1998 Reuters

BONN -- Martin Bormann's family welcomed news that DNA tests had shown remains found more than 20 years ago were those of the Nazi, saying they hoped the findings would lay to rest speculation over his whereabouts.

Scientists confirmed Monday that DNA testing showed a skull and other remains found at a Berlin building site in 1972 were those of Bormann, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

The bones discovered in Berlin were widely thought to be those of Bormann after dental records and injuries found on the remains matched those of Hitler's henchman, but rumours of his escape and survival continued.

The DNA test "rules out any further speculation over the death or survival of Martin Bormann after 1945 for any serious reporter," the family said in a statement.

The family has consistently maintained that Bormann died in May 1945.'

Yes, even the family were convinced Martin Bormann died at the end of the war. Two years later Bormann's remains underwent further tests - a mitochondrial DNA comparison. The results were published in the February 14, 2001 issue of International Journal of Legal Medicine. They supported overwhelmingly the hypothesis that the remains were those of Martin Bormann. Here is a summary of the report in US National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health:-

`Identification of the skeletal remains of Martin Bormann by mtDNA analysis.

Anslinger K1, Weichhold G, Keil W, Bayer B, Eisenmenger W.

Author information: (1) Institute of Legal Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

Contrary to statements of an eye-witness who reported that Martin Bormann,
the second most powerful man in the Third Reich, died on 2 May 1945 in Berlin,
rumours persisted over the years that he had escaped from Germany after World War
II. In 1972, skeletal remains were found during construction work, and by
investigating the teeth and the bones experts concluded that they were from
Bormann. Nevertheless, new rumours arose and in order to end this speculation we
were commissioned to identify the skeletal remains by mitochondrial DNA analysis.
The comparison of the sequence of HV1 and HV2 from the skeletal remains and a
living maternal relative of Martin Bormann revealed no differences and this
sequence was not found in 1,500 Caucasoid reference sequences. Based on this
investigation, we support the hypothesis that the skeletal remains are those of
Martin Bormann.

PMID: 11296895 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]'

Still unconvinced? Then visit the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You will see it gives Martin Bormann's dates as 1900-1945. In other words Bormann died at the end of the war and never escaped. The museum adds this about Bormann:- `West German authorities officially declared him dead in 1973 after his remains were discovered and positively identified.'

So why bother to review this discredited book that has been out of print for decades and excites so much derision from informed and authoritative sources? Because there are still people who believe it's true, quote it in their books and praise it in reviews here on Amazon.

If Bormann was dead by 1945 all the stories Farago recounts about him in South America are fantasies. South Americans saw this rich foreigner flashing his money around, fed him tales and took his cash. He was even aware this was happening.

`I was consistently warned,' he tells us on page 97, `that these Latins were past masters in producing documents on any matter, even of the greatest sensitivity, by the relative simple method of forging them.'

And they did! Farago was conned time after time. His informers led him a merry dance.

One reader assured me at the climax to his 550-page book Farago `wrote that he personally met Martin Bormann in South America.' Some meeting! Even Farago derides it. On page 491 he wrote:- `It was at this stage (1973) that I saw Martin Bormann - saw him is the right word, because it would be too much to say that we met.'

You're telling me! After being given the run-around by various con-men who were trying to get him to pay $500,000 for Bormann's bogus memoirs (which contained nothing of interest about Hitler) Farago was taken to a remote convent hospital `somewhere in southern Bolivia'. There, he tells us, he was granted `a five-minute visit (with no questions asked and, certainly, no answers given.)' On entering the room he found a senile, old man propped up in bed who uttered two sentences:- `Dammit, don't you see I'm an old man? So why don't you let me die in peace?'

Farago left. And that's it! No interview, no photographs, no finger-prints. Hardly conclusive proof that Bormann survived the war.

We can ignore everything else - the dodgy photos that Farago assures us are Bormann in South America, but look nothing like him. We can chuckle about the `beauty queen called Miss Nazi World' and attempts to seduce Bormann's mistress at the Bim Bam Bum nightclub. We may wonder as we're told Bormann `commuted constantly' to a 'heavily fortified German camp ... It's owner Fritz Schneider, an ex-Nazi who became a fanatical leader of a mystic sect in his exile, had thoughtfully installed an antiaircraft gun on the estancia to assure Bormann's safety from Jewish raiders who, Schneider feared, might come by helicopter for the snatch.'

Bormann is even supposed to have fathered four more children. Where are they, by the way? Anyone seen them? Any photos, information, or DNA proof? Of course not!

Since this wretched book was published there's been no outpouring of information confirming Bormann ever set foot in South America. Conspiracy theorists can't even agree on what year Bormann arrived. Farago claims he arrived by ship in 1948 disguised as a Jesuit priest.

Meanwhile in his book "MARTIN BORMANN - Nazi in exile" Paul Manning claims Bormann boarded a ship the previous year - that's 1947 - `a rather sizeable freighter' - sailed to South America and `steamed into the harbor of Buenos Aires in the winter of 1947'.

And in Harry Cooper's book "HITLER IN ARGENTINA" a Nazi spy called Velasco claims he and Bormann together escaped to Argentina onboard a submarine in the summer of 1946.

So which year did Bormann arrive in South America - 1946, 1947, or 1948? The answer? ... None of them as Bormann died in Berlin in 1945. These conspiracy theorist constantly disagree with each other, let alone reputable historians. Yet they expect readers to believe their fantasies. Well, it's time for the nonsense to stop. It's time readers adopted a more critical attitude and got wise to what's going on.

In September 2009 the Daily Mail newspaper published an article by Beth Hale entitled:- `MI5 obsession with Hitler's deputy Martin Bormann led Britain on Nazi goose chase.'

By the late 1940s Britain Secret Intelligence Service was fed up with constant sightings of Martin Bormann that came from all over the world. They were convinced he was dead. Beth Hale uncovered a typical incident:- The `files reveal an entertaining account from November 1951 when Special Branch officers are called to a report that Bormann has walked into he offices of the Chicago Tribune, in London.

`The journalist - Arthur Veysey - was convinced but the policeman was not.

"At a glance it was obvious he was not (Bormann)," he wrote in a memo.

`The man was in fact Harry Adcock, alias Harry Beaumont, the officer notes, adding that the fake Bormann lived in 'cheap lodging house' in N7 and was in fact a 'casually employed waiter' who was 'slightly unbalanced' and whose 'imagination runs riot when he has had a few drinks.

`The officer adds: "I have emphasised to Veysey that he was hoaxed - and easily at that".'

And those words - `he was hoaxed - and easily at that.' - apply to Farago and a host of gullible conspiracy theorists who think Martin Bormann survived the war. They're still writing their fantasy books - I've reviewed some of them here on Amazon - and they're still fooling the gullible. Get wise. Read some proper history and study the evidence and you'll avoid being duped. Farago was a buffoon. Why emulate him?


Hitler in Argentina: The Documented Truth of Hitler's Escape from Berlin (The Hitler Escape Trilogy)
Hitler in Argentina: The Documented Truth of Hitler's Escape from Berlin (The Hitler Escape Trilogy)
by Harry Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.65

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless nonsense - Save your money!, 11 May 2014
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If you're hoping this book will prove Hitler, Eva Braun and Martin Bormann escaped from Berlin in 1945 at the end of WW2 forget it. They never fled abroad and lived in Argentina, or anywhere else. This book, which claims to reveal `The documented truth of Hitler's escape from Berlin', is just another variation on the usual conspiracy theory nonsense.

The book is edited by Harry Cooper, a WW2 submarine buff. One third of the book purports to be the memoirs of a former Spanish bullfighter turned Nazi spy, Don Angel Alcazar de Velasco, who worked for the Nazis before, during, and after WW2. According the files in Britain's National Archives he was a dubious character:- `The files contain transcripts of Velasco's telephone conversations and also those of his associates, who talk about him in mostly unfavourable terms ... In 1942 he was involved in selling fabricated intelligence from a mythical group of 'agents' in the UK to the Germans and Japanese.' He also tried unsuccessfully to kidnap the Duke of Windsor.

Velasco was a dedicated Nazi, anti-Semite and conspiracy theorist. `Dropping his voice,' wrote the author Michael Bloch who met him in 1983, Velasco `informed us that the world was being taken over by an international conspiracy of Jews and Freemasons.'

According to the book I'm reviewing here - Harry Cooper's "Hitler in Argentina" - Velasco worked in Berlin at the end of the war. `I was called to the Führer's side,' he tells us. `I spent the last three months of the war in the Führerbunker, Hitler's headquarters beneath the Reich Chancellery.' He claims he was `the only non-German to actually work within the Führer's personal headquarters in the bunker.' There he says he met Hitler. But is he telling the truth when he describes this meeting with the Nazi leader? On pages 44-45 Velasco writes:- `When I crossed the threshold of his map room, Adolf Hitler was sitting at his desk. He looked shrunken and indescribably aged. His light brown uniform jacket - the Nazi party dress he almost always wore - hung from his shoulders like a shroud.'

Hold on a moment ... Hitler wore a brown uniform until WW2 started in September 1939. He then changed to a grey uniform. On Friday, 1st September, 1939, a few hours after the invasion of Poland began, Hitler broadcast a speech from the Kroll Opera House, home of the Nazi Reichstag. As he entered the hall members could see Hitler was not wearing his usual brown-coloured Führer tunic. Instead, he wore a new field-grey tunic matching the colour of a German Army uniform.

During his speech Hitler declared:- `I am from now on just the first soldier of the German Reich. I have once more put on that [Army style] coat that was most sacred and dear to me [in the First World War]. I will not take it off again until victory is secured, or I will not survive the outcome.'

For once Hitler told the truth. He was wearing his field-grey jacket when he committed suicide in the Berlin bunker in 1945. Yet here is Velasco falsely claiming Hitler was wearing a light brown Nazi uniform jacket in the bunker - `the Nazi party dress he almost always wore.'

Velasco is an unreliable narrator. We know his story is untrue when he claims he accompanied Martin Bormann on a submarine to South America in 1946, a year after Germany surrendered. How many times must I repeat when reviewing Hitler escape books that Bormann died in Berlin at the end of the war in 1945. He was a rotting corpse and in no condition to travel anywhere.

The proof? ... Bormann's dead body was seen by the Hitler Youth Leader Artur Axmann near the Lehrter station in Berlin in 1945. This was shortly after Bormann fled from the bunker following Hitler's suicide. In 1972 workmen discovered human remains near the site. The skull was examined and Bormann identified by the teeth. Also the bones. Bormann had damaged his shoulder during a riding accident and the bones showed evidence of this.

More proof came in the 1998 when the remains were DNA tested. They belonged to Martin Bormann.

Two years later Bormann's remains underwent further tests - a mitochondrial DNA comparison. The results were published in the February 14, 2001 issue of International Journal of Legal Medicine. The results supported overwhelmingly the hypothesis that the remains were those of Martin Bormann. For more information see the update at the end of this article.

Yet Velasco insists that a year later - in 1946 - he shared a cabin with Bormann while travelling to Argentina on a German U-Boat. Indeed, he claims to have had long conversations with Bormann. We're supposed to believe that Hitler's right-hand man told him he refused to allow his boss to commit suicide in the last days of the war. Disobeying orders Bormann had Hitler drugged. The Fuhrer was then spirited away from the bunker by officers on Bormann's staff, driven across Germany and smuggled by ship to Norway.

What happened to Eva Braun? She `never arrived in Norway,' claimed Bormann. `Unfortunately she was given an overdose of drugs from which she later died.'

But what about the story accepted by all major historians that Hitler and Eva committed suicide in the Berlin bunker? Velasco quotes Bormann as saying:- `As for the suicide. I was the author of the story that Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide and their bodies burned with petrol. Those witnesses who afterwards testified to this end had been carefully briefed on my instructions.'

As one point the editor Harry Cooper intervenes in the text and tells us:- `There is very strong proof that Eva Braun did not die and was indeed in Argentina.' How she and Hitler got to South America Velasco never reveals. Indeed, if Bormann had arranged for Hitler to be drugged and spirited away to South America why did he fail to go with him? Bormann seldom left Hitler's side when he was in power. It's inconceivable he would have left this important task to others. Why did he travel with a Spanish spy, Velasco, instead?

Readers hoping for a spate of photos proving Hitler lived in Argentina are in for a disappointment. Only one picture purports to show him in South America. This appears on page 115 and is repeated on the back cover. Even the editor doubts its authenticity. A caption on the back cover says it `appears to show Hitler frail and near the end of his life' ... `appears to show'? What sort of proof is that? The right ear is the wrong shape and too large compared with Hitler's. And a handkerchief obscures half the face so the picture is ambiguous and wide open for speculation - like so much evidence conspiracy theorists would have us believe.

The book's cover is also misleading - not only the words `HITLER IN ARGENTINA - The documented truth of Hitler's escape from Berlin' - but the pictures. The casual browser might think the photo of Hitler and Eva Braun - which is superimposed on top of pictures of a house in Argentina where Hitler was alleged to have lived and a map - was taken in South America. No way! This photo of the smiling couple was taken before the war in the Eagle's Nest at Obersaltzberg. You can find dozens of copies all over the Internet. Three more photos of Eva included in the book were all taken in 1930s Germany. No image exists of her in South America.

On page 61 there's a picture of Hitler in Berlin. He's shown presenting medals to members of the Hitler Youth in the Reich Chancellery garden on 20th March 1945. Velasco says a double was substituted for Hitler at the end of WW2. The editor thinks this photo supports his argument. `It is generally accepted,' writes Harry Cooper, `that this is not the real Hitler in this photo shot in the last days of the war. The nose, ears and cheekbones are quite different than the real Hitler.'

The editor has misinterpreted the photograph. His claim that it's `generally accepted that this is not the real Hitler,' is false. On the contrary the majority of mainstream historians regard this photo - or an authentic version of it - as genuine. It shows the real Hitler.

How do we know?

Because this ceremony was photographed by a movie camera that produced hundreds of images of Hitler from different angles. In addition a stills photographer took many images before and after this shot. All the pictures show the genuine Hitler. This disputed shot, which Cooper reproduces in his book, is a tiny, badly printed image that has been doctored. A boy's head has been changed - a bareheaded guy with glasses crudely stuck on over the original Hitler Youth who wore a cap. But if you look at a properly printed unretouched enlargement that contains plenty of detail - "Life" magazine has a copy - you'll see this shot fits into the sequence of images taken at the time. The facial details match the other images which all show the authentic Hitler. There's no double and no mystery. You can find these images all over the Internet.

The only mystery is how this false image made its way into the book and why the editor uses it to bolster a false argument.

After the war Velasco lived in Mexico. In July 1952 he claimed he received a message ordering him to report to an isolated region on the southern tip of South America. There he would be taken to see `a most important person'. After several changes of aircraft Velasco said he realised they `were flying towards the South Pole!' Eventually he landed in a snow-covered `Arctic Waste'.

At this point the editor intervenes again and corrects his geography. Surely Velasco means Antarctic instead of Arctic if he's in the southern hemisphere? But the editor thinks Velasco may never have gone that far south. He believes Velasco is `deliberately giving mis-information' - something spies often do. Instead he might have visited the south-western part of Patagonia where Hitler might have lived after the war, though there's no proof.

Velasco would have us believe he arrived at a remote hidden estate and was taken to meet `the Fuhrer'. He was shown into a room and found an elderly man seated at a desk in front of a huge Nazi banner hung on the wall behind. The man was so old and decrepit Velasco admits `if this was Hitler he was barely recognizable as the man whom I had seen leaving the Berlin bunker in April, 1945.' He had no moustache and was completely bald. Velasco emphasises his uncertainty about the man`s identity. `Hitler, if Hitler it was, received me sitting down...'

The spy had been ordered to bring 50 or 60 photos of two teenage children - a boy called Adolpho and girl called Stern - to show the mystery man. The Fuhrer poured over the pictures though never hinted they were his children. None of these pictures appears in the book, though Velasco claims he took many of them himself. Why? Surely he would have had negatives from which copies could have been made. The children could have been tracked down and nowadays DNA tested.

There's a desultory conversation that reveals nothing of interest and Velasco is shown out and returns to Mexico. On the flight home he's `filled with excitement', but also assailed by doubts. `Could this shrunken old man have been the one-time ranting, dominating dictator? ' he wonders. `Was this poor creature, now presiding over a million square miles of nothing, the same as he who had conquered a continent? Was this Hitler?'

If Velasco is suspicious about the man's identity - and he expresses doubts seven times! - why should we believe he was Hitler? Where's the hard evidence?

In 2009 Harry Cooper and a team of enthusiasts visited the house where the man who might - or might not - have been Hitler was supposed to have lived. They reached it by boat. As the editor walked across the lawn a bizarre incident occurred that might have come straight out of the TV comedy series "Fawlty Towers".

`Our Argentine boat captain began goose-stepping with his right arm in the air ..."I know who lived here," he cried. "I lived here in my childhood. My father was the caretaker - I know who lived here!"

Harry tells us the captain smiled `and set off again with his right arm in the air, goose-stepping across the grass.'

But did Harry and his team discover anything on the site - photos, documents, clothes, objects, etc - associated with Hitler? No! There was nothing there. So again where is the hard evidence that Hitler ever set foot in the place, let alone lived there for years?

Look at pages 172-173 and you'll find the headline:- `The Maid Knew!'

Here we have a classic conspiracy theory interview - the reluctant witness who agrees to talk, then backs out because `They' don't want her to. When she does agree to talk the evidence mysteriously vanishes and she has nothing of interest to say. The maid, Catalina Gamaro, worked for the Eichhorn family, who had known Hitler in Germany, and now ran the Hotel Eden in Argentina.

Catalina was convinced Hitler had `stayed just a few days' at the hotel. Did she see Hitler?

`No, no, no,' she said. `We don't see him. He stayed in a private place. Nobody can see him.'

So it's just hearsay - gossip and rumour. Was there any evidence to back up this claim - a photograph of Hitler at the hotel?

`Yes,' said Catalina, `The Eichhorns had one, but they burned it.'

So the evidence vanished in a puff of smoke, assuming it ever existed. Catalina claimed Hitler stayed at the hotel in 1949 `and he died in San Juan, Mendoza.'

Really? How did she know Hitler died at San Juan, Mendoza? When did Hitler die? What killed him? Was he buried, or cremated, or spirited away? Any death certificate, grave, or DNA? ... No information. And nothing about Eva Braun, or Martin Bormann. This interview is useless.

Some of Velasco's most explosive remarks occur in the second part of the book where you'll find a letter Velasco wrote to his `Dear Friend Cooper' in 1987. This is printed on pages 238-240. His comments will outrage many. In this letter Velasco makes remarks not only about Martin Bormann, but also about one of the major organisers of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann, and the infamous doctor at Auschwitz, Joseph Mengele, known as Dr Death. Velasco claims Bormann was `a circumcised Jew although a Nazi ... Eichmann was also a Jew.' And about Mengele he says - `again a Jew.'

The following year Velasco commented again on this subject in another letter to his `Dear Friend ...my friend Cooper'. You can find it on pages 241-244 where Velasco says:- `You know that Mengele was Jewish by race (like Bormann). He was circumcised and this made him take maximum precautions.'

Hmmmmmm...

The second half of the book also contains reproductions of intelligence documents from the FBI and elsewhere, plus newspaper cuttings reporting rumours and sightings of Hitler, Eva, and Bormann. But when it comes to face-to-face meetings, information of real substance, there's nothing there. Again no photos, documents, artefacts, or masses of hard evidence that could prove Hitler lived in South America.

Intelligence officers will tell you their secret archives contain thousands of human intelligence reports of unknown reliability from untested sources. Some of these `sightings' are genuine mistakes. Others are made by impostors, or are a figment of a conspiracy theorist's imagination. These `sightings' surface years later when they're declassified and can fool the unwary. People are easily hoaxed. As one critic put it:- `The conspiracy theorist ... is to the professional historian what the treasure hunter is the archaeologist, only in the case of the conspiracy theorists, there is no means of convincing them that their quick dig among the documents has revealed only false gold.'

And that's what readers will find in this book - false gold. The book is riddled with errors and inconsistencies. The text is chaotically disorganised. Information is chucked in here, there and everywhere. There's no index and the typography and printing are appalling. Everything about this book is tenth-rate and amateurish. While it's true many Nazis fled to South America it's untrue to argue - as this book does - that Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and Martin Bormann were amongst them and `lived out their lives in safety and comfort...'

In their Amazon blurb the publishers claim, `This book will change the history you were taught in 5th grade.' It better not. Save your money and buy something better. How can you trust an author who is incapable of getting the simplest facts right? On page 159 he tells us Adolf Eichmann was 'Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp.' Wrong!

In the meantime, I've reviewed two more Hitler escape books here on Amazon that customers might like to look at. There I develop my sceptical arguments further:-

My review of "HUNTING HITLER - New scientific evidence that Hitler escaped Nazi Germany" by Dr Jerome Corsi is entitled "Trash - an insult to the brain".

And my review of "GREY WOLF - the escape of Adolf Hitler" by Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams is called "Buyer Beware - Fantasy History! - Updated September 2013, 16 Oct 2011".

You'll find both among the one star reviews of those books.

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UPDATE:- Here's more evidence that proves Bormann died in Berlin in 1945. This means Velasco's stories about Bormann and Hitler are false - cheap fiction and nothing else.

If you visit the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum you will see it gives Martin Bormann's dates as 1900-1945. In other words Bormann died at the end of the war and never escaped. The museum adds this about Bormann:- `West German authorities officially declared him dead in 1973 after his remains were discovered and positively identified.'

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This article in "The Los Angeles Times" neatly sums up Bormann's story:-

`NAZI'S FAMILY SAYS CASE CLOSED

May 06, 1998| Reuters

BONN -- Martin Bormann's family welcomed news that DNA tests had shown remains found more than 20 years ago were those of the Nazi, saying they hoped the findings would lay to rest speculation over his whereabouts.

Scientists confirmed Monday that DNA testing showed a skull and other remains found at a Berlin building site in 1972 were those of Bormann, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

The bones discovered in Berlin were widely thought to be those of Bormann after dental records and injuries found on the remains matched those of Hitler's henchman, but rumors of his escape and survival continued.

The DNA test "rules out any further speculation over the death or survival of Martin Bormann after 1945 for any serious reporter," the family said in a statement.

The family has consistently maintained that Bormann died in May 1945.'

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And here is a report in US National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health

`Identification of the skeletal remains of Martin Bormann by mtDNA analysis.

Anslinger K1, Weichhold G, Keil W, Bayer B, Eisenmenger W.

Author information: (1)Institute of Legal Medicine, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

Contrary to statements of an eye-witness who reported that Martin Bormann, the
second most powerful man in the Third Reich, died on 2 May 1945 in Berlin,
rumours persisted over the years that he had escaped from Germany after World War
II. In 1972, skeletal remains were found during construction work, and by
investigating the teeth and the bones experts concluded that they were from
Bormann. Nevertheless, new rumours arose and in order to end this speculation we
were commissioned to identify the skeletal remains by mitochondrial DNA analysis.
The comparison of the sequence of HV1 and HV2 from the skeletal remains and a
living maternal relative of Martin Bormann revealed no differences and this
sequence was not found in 1,500 Caucasoid reference sequences. Based on this
investigation, we support the hypothesis that the skeletal remains are those of
Martin Bormann.

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Some people think Velasco's arguments are bolstered by Paul Manning's book "MARTIN BORMANN - Nazi in exile" ... But what do I find when studying it? Manning demolishes Velasco's credibility in a few sentences.

On page 172 Manning confirms Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in the Berlin bunker in 1945. Velasco claims Hitler escaped to Argentina and Eva died elsewhere.

Velasco also claims he and Bormann together escaped to Argentina onboard a submarine in the summer of 1946. Manning destroys that argument at a stroke. He claims Bormann boarded a ship the next year - that's 1947 - `a rather sizeable freighter' - sailed to South America and `steamed into the harbor of Buenos Aires in the winter of 1947'. Velasco is never mentioned in Manning's book. He never had conversations with Bormann onboard a submarine, or anywhere else.

I've also been told I should read "AFTERMATH - Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich" by Ladislas Farago ... I have! ... And what do I find? He too says `Hitler committed suicide' in Berlin in 1945. He describes how Adolf's and Eva's `gasoline-soaked bodies' ... were `consumed by the flames'... So again Velasco was wrong when he claimed Hitler survived and escaped. And when did Bormann enter Argentina? According to Farago he arrived by boat in 1948.

So which year did Bormann arrive in South America - 1946, 1947, or 1948? The answer? ... None of them as Bormann died in Berlin in 1945. Both Manning and Farago dismiss the discovery of Bormann's remains in Berlin 1972 which proved this basic fact. And their books were published too early for the devastating DNA confirmation years later that proved beyond doubt that Bormann never left Hitler's capital at the end of WW2.

Another point ... One person says Ladsilas Farago `wrote that he personally met Martin Bormann in South America.' Some meeting! Even Farago derides it. On page 491 he wrote:- `It was at this stage (1973) that I saw Martin Bormann - saw him is the right word, because it would be too much to say that we met.'

You're telling me! After being given the run-around by various con-men who were trying to get him to pay $500,000 for Bormann's bogus memoirs (which he admits contained nothing of interest about Hitler) Farago was taken to a remote hospital in Bolivia. There, he tells us, he was granted `a five-minute visit (with no questions asked and, certainly, no answers given.)' On entering the room he found a senile, old man propped up in bed who uttered two sentences:- `Dammit, don't you see I'm an old man? So why don't you let me die in peace?'

Farago left. And that's it! No interview, no photographs, no finger-prints. Hardly conclusive proof that Bormann survived the war.

Conspiracy theorists are great ones for seizing on discrepancies when it comes to official sources and historians. But they can't agree with each other! Yet we're expected to lap up their false claims and rubbish reputable authorities.

What are my motives for writing this critical review? They're simple. To inform readers about authoritative sources and warn them about false claims, conspiracy theories and scurrilous historical gossip. No amount of bluster will make these legends true.


Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany
Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany
by Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
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Anyone who buys this book hoping Dr Jerome Corsi has found 'New Scientific Evidence' that proves Hitler escaped from Berlin in 1945 and fled to Argentina is in a for a disappointment. He provides no scientific evidence.

Anyone who hopes he will provide detailed information about Hitler's life in Argentina with Eva Braun (whose name Dr Corsi constantly mispronounces in broadcast interviews) will also be disappointed. There is nothing of substance.

This book is misleading and untrue. Over the years Dr Corsi has published a bizarre series of books - many of them bestsellers - that have attacked established facts and stirred up controversy.

In his book "Voodoo Histories" (published 2009), which examines conspiracy theories, David Aaronovitch explained how Dr Corsi operates:- 'Corsi,' he wrote, 'builds a tower of insinuation, rather than fact, giving full weight to what other writers might consider incidental, and in so doing sends a series of signals to primitive sensors in the oldest and darkest parts of the white American brain.'

In other words Corsi ignores the weight of reputable evidence and concentrates on irrelevant details to undermine conventional wisdom. To get the right answers you need to ask the right questions. Corsi persistently asks the wrong questions. The result? ... He enters a fantasy world where he misinterprets simple facts, let alone more sophisticated evidence and arguments.

Corsi is up to his usual tricks in his latest book "Hunting Hitler". The nub of his argument is this ... Hitler never died in his Berlin bunker in 1945. Instead the dictator escaped and fled abroad. Corsi told Newsmax TV:- 'Hitler was removed from the bunker by a helicopter, flown from Austria to Spain, and put on a submarine, the U-530, and brought across the ocean to Argentina.'

According to Corsi the Nazi dictator escaped with the help of the US government. 'We helped Hitler escape is the point of the book,' he told Coast to Coast AM radio on 14 Jan 2014. Coast to Coast AM radio specialises in the weird. According to its website the station 'deals with UFOs, strange occurrences, life after death, and other unexplained (and often inexplicable) phenomena.' It provided a perfect platform for Corsi to air his views and advertise his book.

Dr Corsi's theories are a rehash of unfounded rumours that have circulated since the end of World War II. He is convinced the story of Hitler's suicide is untrue. The Fuhrer never died in 1945. He never married Eva Braun and his the last will and testament are forgeries. The whole thing was a cover story cooked up by the Nazis so Hitler could escape with the help of the Americans. On page 109 he declares, 'Hitler's last will and testament, as well as his marriage to Eva Braun, were events staged most likely by Goebbels with the intent of lending credence to the suicide story...'

Note the words 'staged most likely by Goebbels' ... What sort of proof is that? Where's the evidence? Corsi provides none. Indeed, as we read the book we find that Dr Corsi is a great one for creating mystery where none exists.

Did Hitler and Eva 'lock themselves away' in Hitler's living room before committing suicide? asks Dr Corsi on page XI. 'How did others in the bunker get in to recover their bodies?' he demands. 'How did those in the bunker gain entrance if the room had been locked by Hitler and Eva Braun to make sure they were not interrupted in the act of killing themselves?'

Here Dr Corsi overlooks Hitler's devilish cunning, but the answer is simple. The witnesses just turned the handle and opened the door. How do we know? Because no witness in the bunker ever suggested Hitler and Eva locked the door. The Fuhrer just closed it.

Did Eva 'shoot herself?' cries Dr Corsi at one point, oblivious of the fact that no eyewitness in the bunker ever claimed she did. How could she if she escaped?

'Where are the photographs of the Fuhrer in death?' he demands in a bold black headline on page XI.

Again the answer is simple. When Hitler and Eva committed suicide the Russians were just 400 metres from the Reich Chancellery and about to capture the building. Hitler told his staff he must avoid falling into the hands of the enemy and prevent them from putting him on public display. He would therefore kill himself and vanish. 'It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years' service to my people,' declared Hitler in his will. He ordered his personal adjutant, Otto Günsche, to carry out the task.

Günsche stood guard outside the room as Hitler and Eva Braun killed themselves. After the war he described what happened. 'The whole matter was conducted in great haste, because the Russian troops were only a few hundred metres from the walls of the Chancellery and could storm the garden at any moment.' Günsche emphasised the point in many interviews and interrogations. 'Carrying the bodies out into the garden and the immediate preparations for the cremations had been done in great haste...'

There was no time for a detailed autopsy and taking photos. Hitler's order to be 'burnt immediately' after his death was carried out to the letter. After the cremation only charred fragments remained. The enemy found nothing worth displaying. Taking photos would have defeated the purpose of the vanishing act. It would have provided the enemy with trophy evidence. Günsche and his colleagues did a good job. There is no mystery.

But what about minor discrepancies in the testimonies of the bunker eyewitnesses? Corsi makes much of these. Where exactly was Hitler shot in the head? Was Eva sitting or lying in a chair? These and other discrepancies convince him that all the witnesses were lying. On the contrary they gave credible accounts, but in the heat and chaos of the moment they remembered details differently. But all agreed that Hitler shot himself in the head and Eva was poisoned. Again, no mystery.

Unabashed, Dr Corsi plays his master stroke. 'Where is the proof that Hitler didn't escape?' he asks in yet another bold black headline on page XIV.

Margaret Thatcher (who trained as a scientist before entering politics) had an answer to that kind of reasoning. 'You can't prove a negative,' she once observed. Dr Corsi believes you can. On the basis of this kind of thinking we can ask where is the proof that Dr Corsi is not a Martian? Can he prove he hasn't come from Mars? I doubt it. Therefore he must be a Martian. If Dr Corsi claims he has a birth certificate to prove he was born on this planet ... Well, we all know how reliable birth certificates are...

Indeed, if Dr Corsi would read his own book - page 123 - he would find in 1945 Heinz Schäffer, the German captain of submarine U977, which was alleged to have brought Hitler to South America, found himself in the same dilemma. An Anglo-American Commission composed of high-ranking officers insisted he had 'stowed Hitler away' on board his vessel. Later Schäffer spent weeks in Washington facing the same accusation. 'I could no more prove that I hadn't than they could show that I had, which simply brought us to a deadlock,' he wrote afterwards.

As for the crew of U-530 - which Corsi claims was the actual vessel that brought Hitler to South America ... The officers and men denied all. On page 119 Dr Corsi is worried that, 'In general, all fifty-four sailors stuck to the same cover story, almost as if it had been rehearsed.'

But wait a moment ... Earlier in the book (pages 44-46) Dr Corsi is concerned about inconsistencies in the stories told by eyewitnesses in Hitler's Berlin bunker. He says a Russian investigator concluded 'the eyewitness testimony was essentially worthless' ... the survivors 'tried to hide the truth' that Hitler escaped 'in order to foster the legend that the Fuhrer had shot himself like a man.' Dr Corsi claims:- 'The stories varied because all the eyewitness were fabricating the dual suicide scenario, in an effort to cover up the truth that Hitler and Eva Braun had escaped.'

So if all the German sailors told the same story they were rehearsed and lied. And if there were discrepancies in the Bunker eyewitness testimonies - something you might expect in the turmoil of war - they, too, were lying!

Incidentally, Corsi tells us while on the submarine 'a famous plastic surgeon remoulded Hitler's facial features.' A 'famous plastic surgeon', huh? Who was he? What was his name? Dr Corsi has no idea. If we don't know how can we check this unlikely story is true? Prove he existed Dr Corsi.

This is typical of the whole book - speculation, but no firm evidence. According to Dr Corsi, Hitler flew out of Berlin in a helicopter on 22 April. Serious historians argue Hitler stayed in Berlin and committed suicide in the bunker a week later on 30 April. But Corsi thinks he can explain away the massive eyewitness testimony during those eight days that Hitler remained in Berlin. A double, he tells us, was substituted for Hitler! For eight days this double held meetings, ranted and raved, gave orders and convinced everyone in the bunker that he was the real Fuhrer. And guess what? A double was substituted for Eva Braun, too! Not only that ... 'There is considerable evidence that the Hitler will was forged and the marriage ceremony with Eva Braun never happened,' Corsi tells us yet again on page 74.

This is drivel. So is his interpretation of what happened in 2009, an incident that inspired him to write this book because he thought it so significant. In that year an American archaeologist examined a skull fragment in the Russian Federation State Archive. This was thought to belong to Hitler and was proof he committed suicide. But the archaeologist discovered the fragment never belonged to Hitler. It belonged to a middle-aged woman. This, Dr Corsi concludes, is 'scientific proof Hitler escaped Germany'. It's no such thing. It just proves a skull fragment was misidentified amongst thousands of body parts littered around the chancellery. By the end of the war the whole area was a vast graveyard.

Mainstream historians generally agree that, while the Russians may have incorrectly identified the skull, they did, in fact, find Hitler's remains.

Like many Hitler escape books this one suffers from a lack of corroborative detail, especially when it comes to Hitler in Argentina. How long did Hitler live there? Corsi has no idea. When did Hitler die? Corsi has no idea. Did Hitler die at home, in hospital, or elsewhere? - No information. What was the cause of death? - No information. Was he buried, or cremated? - No information. Any death certificate? - No information.

So let's try another tack ... Are there any photos of Hitler in South America? - No. What about documents or artefacts that belonged to Hitler? - Nothing there. Is there any DNA associated with Hitler? He must have touched objects and worn clothes. But Corsi has found no DNA evidence. Has Corsi discovered one person, let alone many, who can describe meetings and conversations with Hitler? - No. Can he quote one remark - written or spoken - that Hitler made in South America, let alone on the submarine that's alleged to have taken him there? - No.

What about Eva Braun? She was 33 years old at the end of the war. Had she survived she could theoretically have lived into the 21st century. Any evidence about her time in South America? - Nothing tangible. Readers are told on page 103 that she landed in Argentina in a submarine in July 1945 'dressed in masculine clothes' - along with Hitler. Then she vanishes and never appears again. Yes, I know there are rumours that she's on a 'German-owned estate in Patagonia' and elsewhere, but what about actual evidence - close-up eyewitness descriptions, conversations, photos, documents? - Nothing doing. And what about Eva's death? She must be dead by now. - No information.

Two things will alert intelligent readers to the fact that Corsi's arguments are rubbish in addition to a suspicious lack of evidence about Hitler's escape from Berlin and living in South America.

First ... Corsi denies all the evidence that Hitler's secretary, Martin Bormann, died at the end of WWII. And yes, he too, was replaced by a double. On page 91 we find - heaven help us! - another of those large, bold type headlines so beloved by Dr Corsi:- 'Bormann escapes to Argentina.' Yet, Bormann's dead body was seen by the Hitler Youth Leader Artur Axmann near the Lehrter station in Berlin in 1945. This was shortly after Bormann fled from the bunker following Hitler's suicide. In 1972 workmen discovered human remains near the site. The skull was examined and Bormann identified by the teeth. When DNA came along the skull was tested again in the 1990s. It was Martin Bormann.

If you visit the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum you will see it gives Martin Bormann's dates as 1900-1945. In other words Bormann died at the end of the war and never escaped. The museum adds this about Bormann:- `West German authorities officially declared him dead in 1973 after his remains were discovered and positively identified.'

Corsi dismisses all this evidence out of hand and insists Bormann escaped and joined the Hitler in South America in 1948 'disguised as a Jesuit Priest' (page 95).

What happened to Bormann in South America? Corsi has no idea. There is no information about Bormann's activities in Argentina - no photos, no documents, and no record of anyone meeting and having conversations with him, let alone any descriptions of him with Hitler and Eva. How long did Bormann live and when, where and how did he die? Again no details. We learn nothing about a funeral, there's no DNA, no grave - a complete blank. Having landed 'disguised as a Jesuit Priest' he just disappears. This, as mainstream historians argue, is what you might expect if Bormann died in Berlin in 1945 and never travelled to South America.

Secondly Corsi makes numerous references to "Grey Wolf - the escape of Adolf Hitler" - an asinine book (and now a film) that has excited international ridicule from major historians and research institutions since it was published in 2011. Corsi admires this book. 'I cited "Grey Wolf" by Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams and praised their excellent research efforts,' he told one sceptic on Amazon.

"Grey Wolf" is so bad that I wrote a long review entitled `Buyer Beware - Fantasy History! - Updated September 2013, 16 Oct 2011.' You can find it here on Amazon if you look up the one-star reviews related to that book. Many of the arguments I deployed against Hitler surviving the war are relevant to Corsi's book and are worth repeating here.

During my research I got in touch with a number of renowned institutions. They're crammed with experts who know all about this subject. Over the decades they have examined evidence produced by thousands of investigators, security experts, intelligence services, historians, lawyers, journalists, human rights campaigners, doctors, military men, victims and others interested in Hitler's end. If anyone should know about the last days of Hitler it is these institutions. I asked for their latest and most up-to-date thoughts on the death of Adolf Hitler.

Take, for example, the leading international Nazi hunting organisation - the world famous SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER. It's named after the Jewish Nazi hunter who tracked down numerous Nazi war criminals. The center's experts have researched Hitler and his cronies for decades. They have an intense interest in the fate of the man who tried to destroy the Jews in the Holocaust. I told the center about "Grey Wolf" and asked them a simple question - Did Hitler die in his bunker in Berlin?

A spokesman told me:- 'Hitler died in the bunker, no question about it. As far as the suggestion that he went on to live in South America, all I can say is that there are those who believe Elvis is still alive and that Astronauts never walked on the moon. I guess it takes all kinds...'

I also contacted YAD VASHEM - the world centre for Holocaust research in Jerusalem. They dismissed "Grey Wolf" as 'pseudo' and 'sensational.' From time to time, they told me, various authors threw books onto the market that seemed 'to excite readers' fevered imaginations.' But the books didn't last for long. Yad Vashem rejected the idea that Hitler escaped from Berlin at the end of the war. They said the Nazi leader committed suicide in the bunker and Soviet troops found his 'burnt corpse.'

So, no trip to South America!

Where could a reader look for an accurate account of Hitler's death? Yad Vashem's Director of Libraries, Dr Robert Rozett, told me: 'In our opinion the best and most up-to-date biography of Hitler are the two volumes published by Ian Kershaw ... Kershaw writes about Hitler's suicide in his bunker near the end of the war.'

London's WIENER LIBRARY contains one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. They told me:- 'It is accepted knowledge that Hitler did commit suicide in his bunker.'

Next I emailed the BUNDESARCHIV (German Federal Archive). Their Library dismissed the idea Hitler survived the war: 'There is nothing more to say about the topic,' they said. The Bundesarchiv recommended people read the Wikipedia article "Death of Adolf Hitler". This confirms the dictator died in his Berlin bunker. The Bundesarchiv said the listed books and sources in Wikipedia 'are recognized and trustworthy.' People may have reservations about Wikipedia, but some articles are written by experts and are reliable. That's what the Bundesarchiv argue in this case.

London's IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM suggested reading historian Alan Bullock's two books on Hitler. Bullock argues Hitler died in the Berlin bunker. Also read Ian Kershaw's biography. These books, said the museum, should 'point you in the right direction.'

Turn to the UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM website and it lists what it calls KEY DATES:- `April 30 1945 - Hitler commits suicide in his bunker in Berlin.'

The museum repeats the same information in various stories about the fall of Berlin:- `As Soviet forces neared his command bunker in central Berlin on April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide.'

If "Grey Wolf" was such a stunning breakthrough in Hitler scholarship one would expect historians, experts and major institutions to line up and congratulate the authors. So far this has failed to happen. The fact that Dr Corsi endorses a book so intellectually rotten destroys his credibility, as do many of his bizarre arguments. The evidence is overwhelming - Hitler died in Berlin in 1945.

On 4 March 2012 "The Sun" newspaper published an article entitled:- 'Did Hitler live to old age here in Argentina?' The story was datelined:- 'From OLIVER HARVEY, in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.' The UK newspaper had sent the journalist, Oliver Harvey, to the very spot in South America where the "Grey Wolf" authors claimed Hitler had lived - a ski resort some 600miles south of Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Dr Corsi also thinks Hitler lived there and quotes "Grey Wolf" with approval.

So what did Oliver Harvey find? Many Nazis had lived in the area after the war, but there was no trace of Hitler. Local people scoffed at the idea. He visited an isolated Bavarian-style mansion that was claimed to be Hitler and Eva's hideaway. But when he investigated he found no evidence that Hitler had ever lived there.

'What about hard scientific evidence?' Harvey asked an Argentine investigator who has pursued the Hitler story for years. There was none - 'no DNA samples from possible Hitler or Braun grave sites and no living Argentine relative.'

'Experts,' Harvey told "The Sun" readers, 'have been quick to debunk the notion that Hitler plotted a rebirth of his Master Race fantasies in Patagonia. Sergio Widder, 43, Latin America director of Nazi hunters the Simon Wiesenthal Center, last night insisted: "Argentina was the main haven for Nazi war criminals. Men like Mengele and Eichmann were protected by the Argentine state. But there is no serious evidence Hitler survived the war, let alone came to Argentina. These stories should be for novels, not history."'

It was a devastating blow to "Grey Wolf". And it's a devastating blow to Dr Corsi's "Hunting Hitler". Intelligence officers will tell you thousands of human intelligence reports of unknown veracity from untested sources go into their secret archives. They surface years later when they're declassified and can fool the unwary. Dr Corsi has relied too much on these rather than mainstream research.

Oliver Harvey's conclusions were in line with major historical experts. Those who believe conspiracy theories should read some reliable Hitler biographies to find out what really happened. They should also look at "The Last Days of Hitler - Legend, Evidence and Truth" by Anton Joachimsthaler. There they'll find a wealth of convincing eyewitness testimony recording Hitler's death in Berlin.

In addition, those interested in the subject should examine "Hitler: The Survival Myth" by Prof Donald M. McKale (2001). They would see that Dr Corsi is the latest in a long line of delusional mythologists who have peddled Hitler survival stories since 1945 - a Johnny-come-lately if ever there was one.

So what on earth persuaded Dr Corsi to come blundering into this subject so late in the day? Well, the Doctor is convinced it's impossible 'to adjudicate blame' for the crimes Hitler and his cronies committed unless we clear up whether he escaped, or not. Has he never heard of the Nuremberg trials and umpteen other trials of Nazis that have taken place since WWI? Has he never glanced at the thousands of authoritative histories and biographies that do just that? 'Hunting Hitler,' he raves on page IX, 'must continue until we know the truth.'

But we do know the truth about out Hitler and the Nazis. They were bad people. There's no argument amongst the sensibly informed. The Nazis did terrible things. The verdict is in and has been for decades. Arguing that Hitler and Eva Braun escaped at the end of the war is not going to change those judgements. So why continue this nonsense? Because Dr Corsi wants to hunt down 'those who helped Hitler escape' - a tall order as nobody did.

Dr Corsi also has a contemporary political agenda to pursue. He wants to convince everyone that the United States is a new Nazi Germany run by Nazis. He sees a link between the Nazis of old and what's happening now. When he appeared on Coast to Coast AM radio this remarkable exchange took place between him and the programme's presenter:-

DR CORSI:- 'They (the Nazis) were leftists. Nazi national socialists were leftists. Obama wasn't the first to do universal health care. Hitler did it.'

PRESENTER:- 'Hitler was a homosexual and the Nazi regime was gay.'

DR CORSI:- 'Correct.'

PRESENTER:- 'And that's what we have happening right now. We have a militant homosexual Nazi socialist regime that has taken over the United States of America.'

DR CORSI:- 'Well, I've been arguing in both my books on Kennedy - because who really killed Kennedy? - and "Hunting Hitler" - because I'm developing themes and going back and looking at disinformation - the murder of Kennedy and the escape of Hitler. And the events tie together. The same names show up - the Dulles, the CIA, the OSS and the Bushes.'

Those last remarks are muddled, but Corsi develops his argument with greater clarity in the final chapter of "Hunting Hitler". On page 130 he tells us:- 'A convincing argument can be made that the Fourth Reich is arising today in the United States and Europe.' ... 'Social welfare' - helping the poor - is the clue. If you help the poor it's a sure sign you're a Nazi. Why? Because Corsi is against 'an ever-expanding federal government'. And he quotes with approval this remark made by a former newspaper journalist and best-selling author of alleged cover-ups and conspiracies, Jim Marrs:- 'America today is a national socialist dream come true.'

Corsi drives the point home in the last sentence of his book on page 133:- 'Just as Hitler was allowed to escape Berlin and permitted to enter Argentina by submarine, national socialism has thrived in what is arguably the Fourth Reich that we ourselves have unwittingly become.'

"Hunting Hitler" is not a work of scholarship. It is a slovenly piece of journalism, badly researched, bolstered by bogus arguments and driven by a weird political agenda. It's an insult to anyone who fought, died or lived through the war to suggest the United States saved Adolf Hitler and allowed him and his wife to live out their days in comfort in South America.

Corsi has no understanding of Hitler's psychology. Committing suicide - something Hitler threatened to do a number of times in his life when the going got tough - was in keeping with his character. It was a natural way out for him - a means of escape from an impossible situation. It also conformed to Hitler's concept of honour as a soldier. He wanted his example - fighting to the end and dying at the centre of events - to be an inspiration for people in the future.

'Did Hitler escape Nazi Germany at the end of World War II to plot revenge and to plan the rise of the Fourth Reich?' asks Corsi in the blurb. In a word - NO. And Dr Corsi provides no evidence in the book that he did. It's not enough to tell us, as he does on page 104, that English-speaking readers 'have had little access to the folklore widely accepted as common knowledge in Argentina that Hitler escaped from Germany and arrived by submarine in 1945...' We need corroborative detail - caste-iron evidence - revealing how Hitler lived and what he said and did in South America. That's lacking in this book. Folklore and common knowledge won't do.

Is it conceivable that the U.S. government would have engineered the escape of the world's most wanted man? Is it possible they would have allowed Hitler to live for anything up to 20 years in South America without supervision? Are we expected to believe that no-one from the security services interrogated Hitler, or at least had informal conversations with him? Did no-one monitor what Hitler was doing during all those years when we're told he was plotting revenge and the rise of the Fourth Reich? Surely his hideout would have been obvious because it would have been surrounded by extraordinary security measures such as we saw during the war - fences, barred wire, armed guards. Where is the evidence they existed?

And what about Eva Braun who could have lived for decades? Surely she would have excited the interest of investigators if only as a witness.

Where are the regular reports from agents that would have been sent back to Washington and read by the highest in the land? They would fill vast files in the archives. No-one has hinted they exist. Hitler has no more substance than a ghost.

The American attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi once wrote:- `The conspiracy community regularly seizes on one slip of the tongue, misunderstanding, or slight discrepancy to defeat 20 pieces of solid evidence; accepts one witness of theirs, even if he or she is a provable nut, as being far more credible than 10 normal witnesses on the other side; treats rumours, even questions, as the equivalent of proof; leaps from the most miniscule of discoveries to the grandest of conclusions; and insists ... that the failure to explain everything perfectly negates all that is explained.'

Those words could well apply to Dr Corsi. They perfectly describe his working methods. Hence his idiotic explanations of events.

Corsi is proud of his Harvard PhD. But in recent years his sparking intelligence seems to have deserted him. "Hunting Hitler" is a bad book - an abomination. Corsi has failed to make his case. There are two gigantic black holes at the heart of his book - no evidence that Hitler escaped from Berlin in 1945 with help of the USA. And no evidence that he lived in South America. This book is worthless.

Instead of denigrating America's war effort Corsi should follow the advice a British Prime minister gave to a maverick professor who was forever shouting his mouth off in public on matters he failed to understand - 'A period of silence from you would be welcome'.


Beacon for Change: How the 1951 Festival of Britain Shaped the Modern Age
Beacon for Change: How the 1951 Festival of Britain Shaped the Modern Age
by Barry Turner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.31

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account, 13 Feb 2014
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I bought this book when it was first published and have read it again before writing this review. It's a delightful read - well informed and amusing. It contains new material not in that wonderful book "A Tonic to the Nation" published in 1976. However it contains only a few pages of illustrations. If only it could have been published as a coffee table book with hundreds of pictures! Still, within its limitations, it does a good job. And I have "A Tonic to the Nation" to look at as well, though this has been out of print for years and can only be bought at an exorbitant price secondhand.

We need a new highly-illustrated account of the Festival of Britain. Perhaps Reader's Digest, who are publishing some most interesting books crammed with pictures, would oblige. I'm sure they would make a good job of it and find a ready market.


Tonic to the Nation: Festival of Britain, 1951
Tonic to the Nation: Festival of Britain, 1951
by Mary Banham
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - why no reprint?, 13 Feb 2014
This is a superb account of the Festival of Britain. It was published in 1976 on the 25th anniversary of the festival to accompany an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The book is crammed with scores of illustrations and recollections from many big names associated with the festival - such as Gerald Barry, Mischa Black, Hugh Casson, etc - and comments from ordinary people who visited the event.

I was so excited when this book was first published that I bought four copies which I've read and reread over the years. It's still as good now as it was in 1976. I'm mystified why this wonderful book has never been reprinted. If you want a copy you've got to pay an exorbitant price for a secondhand copy. Yet, the reputation of the festival grows and grows as each year passes. It's time we had a new edition with even more illustrations. I'm sure it would find a ready market.


Whicker's War [DVD]
Whicker's War [DVD]

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks interesting - BUT FAR TOO EXPENSIVE!, 21 July 2013
This review is from: Whicker's War [DVD] (DVD)
If this series is anything like Alan's other programmes it looks great. But the price! I know Alan was famous for interviewing rich people, but only the rich can afford this DVD. Over 40 at the time of writing (July 2013).

Come on Channel 4. Wake up! Surely you can run off some more copies at a reasonable price. Until you do I'm awarding this DVD only 2 stars, though I'm sure it deserves more. If it reappears at a sensible price I'll reconsider.
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