The declassified CIA documents show that in 1955 an American espionage informant claimed to have met with Adolf Hitler in Colombia and as evidence provided pictures of himself with the Fuehrer more than a decade after his alleged suicide.
It seems that a back of recently declassified CIA documents seem to confirm the authenticity of some FBI files regarding Adolf Hitler which claim that the Nazi leader escaped safely from Germany after the fall of the Nazi empire, and fled to South America.
The set of documents indicates how in 1955, the Western Hemisphere Division of the Central Intelligence Agency received a secret paper titled “Operational: Adolf Hitler,” from the acting CIA station chief in Venezuela. The documented pointed out that one of his sources received a tip that Hitler was alive and well in Argentina.
This, however, wasn’t the first time such claims were made. The CIA tips only seemed to authentic conclusions drawn for earlier FBI documents that also claimed a number of ‘top-secret sources’ said Hitler was alive and well in South America.
Phillip Citroen, a former SS trooper who alleged he was in communication with Hitler, claims the ‘führer’ moved from Colombia to Argentina sometime in January of 1955.
The declassified CIA documents suggest Citroen had photographed himself with Adolf Hitler—and the image was included in the CIA memo. Hitler is supposedly on the right of the image.
The CIA document states:
“CIEMLOY—A Friend stated that during the latter part of September 1955, a Phillip CITROEN, former German SS trooper stated to him confidentially that Afold Hitler was still alive. Citroen claimed tho had contacted Hitler once a month in Colombia in his trip from Maracaibo to that country as an employee of the NKSM Shipping Company in Maracaibo. Citroen dedicated to CIEMLODY—a friend that he took an image of Hitler not too long ago, but did not show the photograph. He also stated that Hitler left Colombia for Argentina around January of 1955. Citroen commented that in as much as ten years have passed since the end of the World War II; the allies could no longer prosecute Hitler as a criminal of war.”
The message concluded that neither the informant nor the CIA station was able to give an intelligence assessment of the information included in the note, but was classified as “of possible interest.”
The head of the Western Hemisphere Division of the CIA continued to review the archives of the agency and found that a year earlier a new base report had been prepared in Maracaibo from the same source that not only asserted that Hitler was not dead but also claimed that there was an entire colony of Nazis living in South America.
According to Citroen, the Germans residing in Tunja addressed Adolf Hitler as “der führer” and greeted him with the fascist salute, he adds.
A few days later, the head of the Bogotá station wrote to the head of the Western Hemisphere Division of the CIA and asked if he wanted to do more research on the alleged Hitler.
“If Headquarters so wishes, Bogota station can do an investigation on ‘Adolph Schuttlemayer’ in Tunja, Colombia,” the note says.
A week later, the head of the division responded ambiguously.
Although he was not opposed to undertaking further research on the issue, he felt that “great efforts could be devoted to this subject,” without the possibility of establishing anything concrete.
As a result, he suggested that they forget the issue.