How the CIA ‘found’ Hitler alive in Colombia in 1954: Agency was told about man with a VERY familiar face who lived in an ex-SS community where he was called The Fuhrer and given Nazi salutes, declassified files show
The CIA was told about a man claiming to be Adolf Hitler who lived in Colombia among a community of ex-Nazis during the Fifties, declassified documents reveal.
Agents did not take the claim made by a former SS soldier seriously, however the station chief in Caracas did forward the claims to superiors complete with a photo.
The files show that a man named Phillip Citroen approached agents in 1954 to say he had met a man claiming to be Hitler and living in the town of Tunja, north of Bogota.
By the time agents took any action the man claiming to be the Fuhrer – who was called Adolf Schuttlemayer – had apparently fled to Argentina. However the CIA was clearly extremely skeptical of the claims and recommended the matter be ‘dropped’.
The claims have resurfaced now after after Colombian journalist Jose Cardenas tweeted the files from the CIA archive that were declassified in the Nineties.
Citroen claims to have visited the town while working for a railroad company where he was introduced to a man ‘who strongly resembled and claimed to be Hitler’.
The document says: ‘Citroen claimed to have met this individual at a place called ‘Residencies Coloniales’ which is, according to the source, overly populated with former German Nazis.
‘According to Citroen, the Germans residing in Tunja follow this alleged Adolf Hitler with an idolatry of the Nazi past, addressing him as Elder Fuhrer and affording him the Nazi Salute and storm-trooper adulation.’
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