The year was 1955, the source a CIA informant, the claim explosive.
Amongst the recently declassified CIA documents on the JFK assassination was an incredible revelation that no one expected. Buried in the documents was a report that claimed Hitler survived the Second World War and was living in Colombia.
The informant, codenamed ‘Cimelody-3’, told the acting US intelligence chief for Venezuela that he was in contact with a former SS agent, Philip Citroen, who met a man claiming to be Adolf Hitler in Tunja, Colombia.
The supervisor took the information seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he passed it on the CIA directly, “Cimelody-3 was contacted on 29 September 1955 by a trusted friend who served under his command in Europe and who is presently residing in Maracaibo,” the Intelligence chief wrote. “Cimelody-3 friend stated that during the latter part of September 1955, Phillip Citroen, former German SS trooper, stated to him confidentially that Adolph Hitler is still alive.”
The document reports that Citroen met the man claiming to be Hitler, referred to as Adolf Schuttlemayer, at a place called Residencies Coloniales, Colombia. The memo details that “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.”
Along with the memo, there was a photo, a grainy image of Citroen with Schuttlemayer who clearly resembles the former Nazi leader.
Allegedly, by the time the CIA took the claim seriously it was too late, Schuttlemayer had fled to Argentina. Was this just a crazed fame seeker or does this story have depth?
One thing we can say for certain is that ex-CIA agent Bob Baer will be listening. For the last few years, Baer has been leading a team of investigators on a manhunt that asks the question, did Hitler survive the Second World War?
Hunting Hitler has seen Baer and his team travel across South America on the mission to find evidence that supports the claim the Nazi leader escaped there after WW2. While there has been clues that point to the above this new claim is sure to add intrigue to the series. It’s believed that thousands of Nazis fled to South America after WW2, could Hitler have been amongst them?
Speaking to Baer earlier this year he told HISTORY, “What I like doing is going through the files as they are declassified and finding out what’s missed. Remember, in most criminal cases the full extent of them is never known until years later.”
The stage is set for the next chapter in Baer’s investigation. The ex-CIA agent and his team will undoubtedly be working overtime as they pore through this new evidence.
This is yet another fascinating fallout from the recently declassified CIA files on JFK, and as the story develops it begs the question, what other secrets do they contain?