Hitler of the Andes (2003)

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When Russian troops entered Berlin in 1945 confusion surrounded the exact fate of Adolf Hitler. Witnesses from his staff were interrogated and two charred bodies, said to be those of Hitler and Eva Braun, were removed from the rubble of his bunker for examination. But the Russians kept their findings to themselves, sowing confusion among the allies and stoking rumours that the Fuhrer had survived and escaped. Recently declassified FBI documents show that the hunt for Hitler continued long after 1945. Reports that he had escaped to Argentina reached FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who gave them enough credence to send investigators to South America on his trail. For 11 years FBI agents followed up reported sightings of Hitler in the Andes, where a number of high-ranking Nazis had found shelter under the Peron regime. Hitler of the Andes weighs up the bizarre array of evidence that was amassed on Hitler's apparent life in South America, and explores the strange psychological reaction of the public that occurs when a dictator who has obsessed the popular imagination simply melts away. (Channel 4 Press)

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