The man said that he decided to come out of hiding after the Israeli secret services officially abandoned their policy of pursuing former Nazi war criminals last year
The Hush Post: A 128-year-old man from Salta in Argentina has claimed himself to be German dictator Adolf Hitler and that he spent the last 70 years in hiding.
The man, whose name on his passport is Herman Guntherberg, explained in an interview with the ultra-conservative newspaper El Patriota that he arrived in Argentina in 1945 with a passport that identified him as Herman Guntherberg.
The man said that his passport was a fake one produced by the Gestapo near the end of the war and that he’s actually the infamous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, a report said.
He reportedly said that he decided to come out of hiding after the Israeli secret services officially abandoned their policy of pursuing former Nazi war criminals last year, it was reported.
“I’ve been blamed for a lot of crimes that I’ve never committed. Because of that, I’ve had to spend more than half of my life hiding from Jews, so I’ve had my punishment already,” the man was quoted as saying in the report.
The 128-year-old man said that he is preparing to publish his autobiography in order the restore his public image.
“I’ve been depicted as a bad guy only because we lost the war. When people read my side of the story, it will change the way they perceive me,” he was quoted as saying.
The man said that his book will be written under the name Adolf Hitler and should be available in September this year.
Several people, including his wife Angela Martinez, with whom he has been married for 55 years, believe that Herman Guntherberg is not really Adolf Hitler, but is actually suffering from dementia.
Martinez said that her husband never spoke about Hitler until approximately two years ago when he began showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Sometimes, he would forget who I was and where he was. He looked like he was in trance, and he would start talking about Jews and demons. Then he’d come back to normal.” Martinez was quoted as saying in the report.
Martinez believes her husband may possibly have been a Nazi and that he may feel guilty about his past, but she was convinced that he is not Hitler.
Even if the elderly man’s claim seems rather questionable, they have sparked an animated debate in Israel and in the American Jewish community concerning the future of surviving Nazi war criminals, the report said.
Mossad had proved its ambition and global reach in the past with the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960 in Argentina, but it has abandoned this mission over recent years, it was reported.
The Wiesenthal Center, which is still trying to find and prosecute Nazi criminals, has publicly criticized Israel in March, saying the Jewish state was ‘barely cooperating’ to its mission.
More than 70 years after the end of Second World War, few states and institutions are still trying to find and prosecute the surviving Nazis and most of them will certainly die without ever being punished for their crimes, the report said.