The Fate of the Führer

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Hitler is one of the most infamous war criminals in the world. His name invokes grimaces on anyone who hears it, and he will forever be know as the most evil man whoever walked this Earth. But what if he escaped justice? What if he didn't really commit suicide in 1945? Few know the truth, but there is much evidence that suggests an alternative ending to Hitler's life.

Submitted: February 01, 2017

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Any life story about Hitler  starts with a troubled German boy and ends with him committing suicide in his bunker. But what if the endings to these stories have been wrong? Could the most infamous war criminal have survived the second World War right under the most powerful government’s noses? The answer is yes. For 70 years the world has been told that Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. Whether the Fürher died in Berlin or escaped to South America, the truth of what really happened to Hitler after the war is known to very few people. What historians and countless researchers do know, is that he had mental disorders that suggest he would never kill himself, his body has yet to be analyzed by a valid source, Hitler’s friends escaped to South America, and countries have launched official investigations into this evil dictator’s escape from Berlin. With so much evidence that suggests Hitler’s flee from the capital, and his infinite love for himself, it is highly unlikely he shot a bullet through his head.

Narcissism can be perceived as a good quality and a bad one. In this day and age, self esteem is low and confidence is a rarity. This is why a narcissist can be perceived as bold and brave instead of  self-absorbed. “Running on a full tank of confidence and charisma, narcissists often thrive as salesmen, entrepreneurs, surgeons or in other ego-intensive, cut-throat professions. The downside? Temper tantrums, unreasonable expectations, shocking selfishness and a complete inability to engage in teamwork”(Vogel). Narcissism can also be perceived as a weakness because of their lack of self-criticism. They have a hard time believing that what they are doing could be bad. Many people from history seem to inherit these negative qualities and personally disorder, like Joseph Stalin and OJ SImpson. But one person who rises above them all and acquires all the symptoms of narcissism and more is Adolf Hitler.

It’s no mystery that the leader of Germany from 1933-1945 was not mentally stable. He killed over 6 million Jewish men, women, and children. He did not work well with others, had unreasonable expectations for the third reich, and was constantly looking for more ways to obtain power and make himself look good. “It is highly probable Adolf Hitler suffered from a multitude of severe psychological disorders including paranoid schizophrenia and narcissistic personality disorder”(Hyland). Multiple psychiatrists all claim that Hitler suffered from multiple disorders including Narcissism. There is no doubt that from the symptoms and professional opinions, Hitler was a severe narcissist. What is doubted, is that he committed suicide. Based on his condition it is highly unlikely he committed suicide.

Ask anyone who the biggest Narcissist in history is and they will tell you Hitler. Every move he made wasn’t just about winning the war but about making himself look good. So why would he do the most extreme action of giving up when it would make him look bad? “While Narcissists typically don’t harm themselves in this way, they do use suicide as a blackmail, to gain more power or control”(Saeed). Hitler may have been a narcissist but he did not commit suicide. Narcissism is a disorder that does not correlate with other mental disorders that result in suicide. In fact, people with these  disorders are commonly known to threaten to commit suicide as a way to gain power. It is highly unlikely that Hitler committed suicide, but the biggest evidence that he did not kill himself, are the contradicting stories.

The body is the most important part of a crime scene because without a body, it is questionable if they are even dead. If Hitler did commit suicide, what happened to his body 70 years ago? “There are no bodies reported discovered in 1945 and this is something which amazes me. It’s only in 1968 they said ‘well actually 23 years ago, despite what we said at the time, we did discover the bodies of Adolf and Eva’"(Rao). This statement raises a lot of eyebrows and suspicions about what really happened in the bunker. The German government delayed announcing that Hitler had killed himself as if they had been debating about whether or not to lie to the public about what really happened to Hitler. Even if there were bodies, there were few witnesses in the bunker that day. The most logical way to be sure if it was Hitler’s and Eva Braun’s bodies in the bunker is through DNA testing.

No two people's DNA is the same. If Hitler died in the bunker, then the body and evidence they found would have to match Hitler’s, if his death really was a suicide. “But the skull fragment the Russians dug up outside the Führerbunker in 1946 could never have belonged to Hitler. The skull DNA was incontestably female. The only positive physical proof that Hitler had shot himself had suddenly been rendered worthless”(Goni). Of course the biggest evidence that Germany and Russia had to prove Hitler died was not enough to fool the scientific testing. Professionals who went to Russia to analyze skull fragments say it does not match a male of Hitler’s age. This means the amount of evidence that suggests Hitler died in the bunker is getting smaller and smaller. Witnesses are another key part of Hitler’s supposed end, and stories say that there were very few people in the bunker and they did not see him pull the trigger.

Where were Hitler's closest friends at the end of World War II? Would they not stand behind the dictator and his great reich until the end? The reason why they did not stay with the fuhrer, in his bunker, is because they sailed to South America. “According to a 2012 article in the Daily Mail, German prosecutors who examined secret files from Brazil and Chile discovered that as many as 9,000 Nazi officers and collaborators from other countries escaped from Europe to find sanctuary in South American countries”(Klein).  Many Nazis fled around the globe to escape the repercussions of World War II. Hitler would have known that he could escape and would have done so because he loved himself so much. He also wouldn’t have given up so easily on the Reich and fought for it until the end. The only reason Hitler would have not fought for his empire and escaped, is because he wanted to save himself and would spend the rest of his years planning a fourth reich. Even if the Russians were closing in on Hitler, it would have been a simple for him to leave undetected because of the tunnels webbed across Berlin.

Much like the catacombs of Paris, Berlin has a dark maze under its surface. A trip through the tunnel would have made it easy for Hitler to escape the Russians and make his way to South America. “Central Berlin is honeycombed with bunkers, particularly in the area of the former government quarter around the Brandenburg Gate”(Rigney). This proves that Hitler had enough resources to leave the Bunker before the end of the war and his paranoia would have made him compelled to try and escape knowing his friends could. With such a plain escape route in his grasp, there is no way he hadn’t thought about leaving for another continent. In fact, this idea was also running through the minds of top FBI and CIA agents. They investigated his escape even after the public announcement of his death.

Countries like the US believe deeply in justice and will travel the ends of the world to dish it out. For almost 11 years the US tracked down Osama Bin Laden. It did the same for Hitler after the Second World War. “A secret memo from FBI director J Edgar Hoover declared that: ‘American Army officials in Germany have not located Hitler’s body, nor is there any reliable source that will say definitely that Hitler is dead’”(Rao). The FBI director of one of the strongest countries in the world knew that their wasn’t enough evidence to confirm that Hitler was dead. If this was a serious theory among the powerful nations that stopped Hitler’s reign, then their must not have been enough sufficient evidence in the bunker for them to believe he was truly dead. Not only were there many documents created for the purpose of finding out what happened to Hitler, but also eyewitness accounts placing him in South America.

Hitler did not just walk into an airport and buy a ticket for Argentina. He had weaponry and resources that could have gotten him there. For example, he had a fleet of highly advanced and deadly submarines. “Along with the FBI documents detailing an eyewitness account of Hitler’s whereabouts in Argentina, more evidence is coming to light to help prove that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun did not die in that bunker. In 1945, the Naval Attaché in Buenos Aires informed Washington there was a high probability that Hitler and Eva Braun had just arrived in Argentina”(Adl-Tabatabai). The FBI had multiple sources that informed them that Hitler and Eva fled to South America. They took these allegations very seriously and continued their investigation.

History is written and unwritten every time a new discovery is made. But it can also easily be tainted and manipulated. It is very suspicious when many people and powerful leaders are trying to convince the world that Hitler died when there is very little proof and the story of Hitler's death is very fishy. The body found in the bunker is yet to be confirmed as his, his mental state does not match one of a suicidal man, he had time to leave Berlin before the Russians came in, and professional investigations have been conducted of the search for what really happened to Hitler. Based on the insufficient evidence, Hitler’s personality, and his ability to escape with ease, it is doubtful that he committed suicide in the bunker. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” -Adolf Hitler.


 

Adl-Tabatabai, Sean. “FBI: Hitler Didn’t Die, Fled To Argentina” Your News Wire, 4 March, 2016. Web. Dec. 10, 2016. <http://yournewswire.com/fbi-hitler-didnt-die-fled-to-argentina-stunning-admission/>

Goni, Uki. “Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story.” The Guardian, 20 Sept, 2009. Web. Nov 27, 2016. <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/27/adolf-hitler-suicide-skull-fragment>

 

Hyland , Philip, Daniel Boduszek, and Krzysztof Kielkiewicz. "A Psycho-Historical Analysis of Adolf Hitler." The Role of Personality, Psychopathology, and Development (2011): 58-63.Psychology and Society. 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2016. <http://www.psychologyandsociety.org/__assets/__original/2012/01/Hyland_et_al.pdf>

 

Klein, Christopher, “How South America Became a Nazi Haven.” History, 12 Nov, 2016. Web. Jan 2, 2017. <http://www.history.com/news/how-south-america-became-a-nazi-haven>

Rao, Nathan. "Hitler DID Escape Germany in 1945: Staggering New Claims Point to Huge Nazi Cover-up." Express.co.uk. N.p., 12 June 2015. Web. 02 Dec. 2016. <http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/583845/Did-Hitler-ESCAPE-Germany-in-1945-Staggering-new-discovery-points-to-huge-Nazi-cover-up>.

Rigney, Robert. “History lives on in Berlin's underground bunkers.” The Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2010, Web. Jan. 4, 2016.

Saeed, Kim. "Will the Narcissist Really Commit Suicide If I Leave?" Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed. N.p., 08 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2016. <https://letmereach.com/2014/03/08/will-the-narcissist-really-commit-suicide-if-i-leave/>

 

Vogel, Carl. “A Field Guide to Narcissism.” Psychology Today, 1 Jan, 2006. Web. Dec 30, 2016.  <https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200601/field-guide-narcissism>

 


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