The Myth of Nazis in South America

One account has been written, in this case by George Steiner who wrote a book in 1981 called "The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H," in which Jewish Nazi hunters find Adolf Hitler (A.H.) alive in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of World War two. The fact that Adolf Eichmann a senior Nazi officer did get away from Berlin has been proven since he was extradited from Argentina to Israel where he was hanged in 1962. The fact that some senior Nazis were able to escape from Berlin is proven by the history of Adolf Eichmann who was clearly able to escape and travel to South America. This would have involved a German transport aircraft to travel from Spain to South America. The popular accounts in Britain involve Paraguay as a destination for ex-Nazis.

This is the basis behind George Steiner's novel "The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.". Steven Spielberg has also contributed to this quasi fantasy world. Spielberg has effectively used the "pen is mightier than the sword" adage in his films starring Harrison Ford as "Indiana Jones" where he pursued the Nazi government between 1931 and 1938. They were trying to seize the "Ark of the Covenant" which Hitler believed would make his army invincible. This is a more humorous side of Spielberg's work where Harrison Ford (a Jewish Actor) and his partners explored the world of Hitler's attempts to seize the Ark of the Covenant. Steven Spielberg (also Jewish) was essentially humorously putting across the Nazi government attempts to rewrite history. Spielberg then moved on to another notable work: "Schindlers list" - an epic film of over three hours in duration.

This was his finest work from a Jewish perspective. The film about Schindlers list was possibly his most epic work. There is a myth about Nazis escaping to South America, although they had every reason to try and escape only one managed to do so for sure and he was caught and executed by the Israeli government. Escaping from Nazi Germany to South America was extremely difficult to do. The Luftwaffe air force had very few transport aircraft in 1945 - those that were there - the Ju-52 Junker planes could have been used in the parachute invasion of Crete to the south of Greece in Operation Mercury in 1941. It is a fantasy of the British public that the Nazis went to South America because it was very difficult to do. There may have been some aircraft still available using old Ju-52 Junkers which could be used. In the case of Adolf Eichmann they clearly were. A number of people that were in the British armed forces during the Second World War could have read stories printed by the middle brow press such as the Daily Express and the Daily Mail featuring stories regarding escaped Nazis. There is a myth that Martin Bormann also escaped to South America. These people had a strong motive to escape; their country had been over run by the allied forces and the Soviet Union. Bormann didn't escape - he probably committed suicide in Berlin although the body was not verified until 1972.