For those of us old enough, the lurid tales of Adolf Hitler’s alleged escape from Germany played out decades after Berlin fell to the Allies. Although the official story is that the evil Fuhrer had committed suicide, along with long-time partner Eva Braun … too many questions remained unanswered.

Where are the bodies?

Why did Hitler wait until it was seemingly too late to escape?

Could he have joined his top lieutenants in South America?

These questions intrepid reporter extraordinaire Jerome Corsi deals with in a riveting new offering, “Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany.”

Corsi’s work in this area is destined to be a classic in the field, and while this is not an exhaustive study of the subject (the book is an easy-to-read 138 pages), that is perhaps its greatest strength – a story this important is available to anyone.

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Like a great mystery? Look no further than “Hunting Hitler,” because Corsi takes us through the smoldering alleys of 1945 Berlin, into the labs of forensic scientists and finally into shadowy halls of international conspiracy. The book confronts disturbing questions, such as the involvement of U.S. agencies that helped top Nazis flee the Soviets.

Yet it is the dark events of late April 1945 that form the borders of this book.

As his Third Reich began to shrink dramatically daily, after the breakout landings at Normandy the summer before launched, Hitler was obsessed with how the war would end. Many of his top associates were already making plans to get out while the getting was good.

Corsi has much to say about these plot points, and his clever writing style leads the reader to some starting conclusions. For instance, at the beginning, Corsi says things like, “Everyone knows …” then he provides a quick chronology that forms the official story: “Their bodies were taken, as Hitler had commanded, outside the bunker and doused with gasoline to be cremated in a shallow trench dug for that purpose in the garden of the Reich Chancellery, right outside the secret entrance to the bunker below.”

Hitler’s psychopathic Minister of Information, Josef Goebbels, had also committed suicide, with his wife, only after these evil people had murdered their own children. The question is, though, did Hitler follow them to a hot afterlife?

Corsi skillfully dismantles the admittedly absurd story that Hitler’s body was burned almost beyond recognition, and that the remains eventually ended up in the Soviet Union. Few realize that almost no one had personal, firsthand knowledge of the immediate aftermath of Hitler’s supposed death.

History’s most famous killer just … died mysteriously? Really?

Corsi also shows that recently opened Russian archives, as late as 2009, challenge the oft-repeated story that Hitler died on April 30, 1945. He also pieces the evidence together in a logical, common-sense manner, such as the possibility that Hitler had evidence “planted” long before his alleged suicide.

Dental records and “duplicate bridgework” would have been part of the plan: “That any X-rays, dental records or back-up dentures were found in the Reich Chancellery dental office given the bomb damage from air and artillery, plus the vandalism the building suffered from Russian troops, strains credibility.”

So one can ask: If Hitler did in fact escape, where did he go, and how long did he live?

Clearly, history shows that top Nazis fled to places like Brazil and Argentina after the war (Israel famously captured Adolf Eichmann in 1960), and these architects of a ghastly world war continued with their demented ideologies. But did Hitler join them, continuing to plan a regroup and fomenting chaos in various corners of the world?

Corsi states that even Juan Peron knew (“It was never a mystery to Peron”) and then drops an even bigger bombshell statement: “At the end of the War, Eisenhower knew that Hitler had escaped, and he had the courage to say so, at least up until the time when he was preparing to run for president.”

Corsi also posits credible reasons why the Americans and other allies would have been party to such a fantastic effort: “Truthfully, Hitler could not have escaped without the complicity of Allen Dulles in Switzerland and Juan Peron. Having the world believe Hitler committed suicide rather than convicting and sentencing him to death during a war crimes tribunal avoided the creation of a Nazi martyr for future generations.”

All in all, though a quick read, “Hunting Hitler” will have you pondering the implications for a very long time.

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