Finding Hitler Series Pays Dividends

DATELINE: Hunting Hitler, S3 e8

 mengele  Josef/ Jose Mengele, circa 1955

Hunting Hitler: The Final Evidence on History Channel continues to amaze us with its discoveries.

Though Hitler is the primary subject, they have decided to seek out ancillary figures, like Dr. Josef Mengele. Though the Angel of Death of the concentration camps escaped, his exact travels have never been substantiated till now. The show’s researchers find a marriage registration from 1958.

Tracing Nazis through living witnesses is impressive. One old man recalled Mengele staying with his family—and his mother warning him to avoid the “dangerous” man.

Combining jungle terrain marches with thumbing through archive documents is no easy match on adventure reality shows like this, but the series manages to do both with aplomb.

You still have the needless overtures of Bob Baer in his Los Angeles headquarters, allegedly giving orders, but it is the likes of Mike Simpson, Tim Kennedy, and Gerrard Williams, who do the leg work and find the results.

On the verge of ending their season, they may well be on to the estate in Paraguay where Hitler might have spent his last years.

The series has used slightly off-kilter searches (from nuclear weapons’ heavy water to airbases in Argentina) to spark the hunt, yet they all have a pay-off. It is astounding that the United States government appeared to know about the rumors, but did little about it.

The show does not explain how difficult it might have been to kidnap Adolph Eichmann out of German communities in South America, but you can see the powerful hidden Reich that was in place for decades after the fall of the Nazis in Germany.

 

 

History’s Hunt for Hitler, S3 e6

DATELINE: Rousing Cold Case

Untitled  Historian James Holland

Zipping along at a brisk pace, the hunters for the escaped Nazis have found plenty who could have taken a route out of Norway, or headed south to Austria where they found the Vatican more than a little friendly.

Bob Baer’s team is busy in Europe again, while he sits in Los Angeles with the computer and tells us that his theory from last season that Hitler escaped on a U-boat may have sunk when Tim Kennedy found a prize in a fjord in Norway.

It seems a seaplane and a U-boat were sunk within yards of each other, and Kennedy’s dive gave a green light to Baer’s new theory.

He now contends that the U-boats were used as gas stations in the Atlantic Ocean where a seaplane with Hitler as passenger could re-fuel before coming to Buenos Aires.

The other side of the coin fairly much rehashes the guilt of the Vatican in supplying passports to Nazis who had gold at dead drops in Austria before finding supportive priests who baptized them with new names. Digging deep is Dr. Mike Simpson and historian James Holland.

Though this is not a new theory, the team manages to interview descendants of the witnesses. In one case, a woman has her mother’s love letters from a high-ranking Nazi who tells her mostly the entire escape route. It held for Eichmann and probably Mengele too.

The issue of whether Hitler took either one of these depots on his trek to Bariloche and the German community there is tied in with the development of an atom bomb for the Fourth Reich.

There is much to digest in these little episodes, but they use the best technology (like Li-Dar mounted on drones) to convince us.

There is likely to be a fairly interesting pay-off in the next few weeks.

Season 3 Episode 1 Looking in All the Wrong Places

DATELINE:  Reich or Wrong?

baer & kennedy Looking Askance

If you learned anything from the first episode of the new series, Hunting Hitler: The Final Evidence, it’s that the search from the first two seasons was off-base and out-of-country.

Yep, instead of South America, Bob Baer and his crackerjack team start looking back at the old Fuhrerbunker to see if they missed something.

Sure enough, they did.

It now appears that Hitler left his Berlin hole in the wall two weeks before the purported suicide—and Einsenhower even had such reports secretly delivered.

Baer is now wearing glasses (not sure if it’s attitude or real glass), all the better to find clues on his big computer screen. And, he ditched UN Researcher John Cincech, who is now demoted to the Tracking Oswald show. So, the ‘yes, man’ is now replaced with a ‘yes, woman.’

Her name is nothing that matters:  Nada Bakos, some kind of CIA profiler who tells Bob he is right every time.

The team now figures Hitler went south with the snowbirds and discover he had a 3-mile island of tunnels under his hometown hideaway. Leave it to Tim Kennedy to go through mucky holes and dive into heavy water U-boats.

And Gerrard Williams challenges the fashion police by continuing to wear an untied ascot.

Baer is using the same supercomputer that helped his track down Oswald’s movements, and they do have some quite intriguing discoveries along the way. The result appears to be the same: Hitler escaped and gave the world the air.

We love this stuff, but continue to be a bit uneasy that the Fourth Reich was, and is, still out there.

Hunting Hitler: Season Three Preview

DATELINE: Historical Adventures Continue

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Back again, Bob Baer starts off his final, third season of the true fate of Adolph Hitler with a special episode. Hunting Hitler is another jewel in the crown of detective mystery reality shows.

History Channel apparently cannot get enough of Baer. So, he has re-assembled his team of Tim Kennedy, Gerrard Williams, Mike Simpson, and John Cencich, many of whom have been trying to find Lee Harvey Oswald over the past few weeks on another series.

This time Baer is presenting an anatomy of a manhunt. In other words, he is providing an opportunity to catch up, or recall, what happened over the past two seasons. If you are new to the chase, it is a quick overview of the successes of the series. This time he allows his team to have some of the limelight.

Baer calls his technique ‘asset mapping’ and once again tells us that his CIA background will make him more successful as a privateer than a half-dozen government agencies that have failed to deliver the goods.

The methods of the series are pure detective 101, but give us proven results. The team has found how Hitler fled the bunker before the Russians arrived—and perhaps faked Hitler’s death, or perhaps a few others too.

With help from Franco of Spain and Peron of Argentina, Nazis were able to re-create their homeland with impunity.

We presume the trail is not cold yet after 70 years—as aging children of witnesses give testimony to their parents’ dubious behaviors.

All this is fascinating, and even if it is bunk from the bunker; it is mind-boggling history revised. The series begins in earnest next week, and we’ll be there. It’s right after we deal with pirates on Oak Island.

Search for Dead Hitler

DATELINE: Hunting Hitler with Technology & Beefcake

tim Tim Kennedy

History channel has taken on finding the dead Adolph Hitler. Long thought to have escaped his fate at the end of World War II by faking his death, theories abound. Hunting Hitler proves to be a transcending search for former MMA star Tim Kennedy.

One documentary a few years back had traced the Fuhrer to hiding out in the Andes.  Hunting Hitler goes a few steps more with technological agility.

With state-of-the-art computer-aided search tools, the team of experts include CIA operatives, Special Forces soldiers, investigative journalists, and Nazi hunters. Throw in a former MMA star in the person of hunky Tim Kennedy—and you are cooking up a boys’ adventure series.

They are a highly professional bunch, not your usual reality show bunch of expendables.

CIA agent Bob Baer leads the headquarters in Los Angeles, sending his troops off to Norway, Denmark, Spain, and other hot spots in Europe. They find bunkers and places airplanes landed to pick up Hitler and/or Bormann and whisk them away to monasteries on the coast of Spain.

Another team led by former MMA fighter Tim Kennedy traverses South America, from Brazil, to Argentina, to the Andes where a resort named Villa Baveria may have been Hitler’s home away from home. Kennedy interviews Martin Bormann’s daughter and finds Nazi spies everywhere.

Hitler seems to be around the corner at every turn.

It took nearly an entire season of episodes for Tim Kennedy to strip down and show off those muscles for a scuba dive. However, it is the mesmerizing newly released documents from the FBI that stagger the imagination.

Hitler is long dead, wherever he ended up, but the idea that he had big money and powerful friends to help him flee and melt into the Twilight Zone is unnerving.

The show is gripping archaeology, detective work, all well put together. We hope there is more to come.