The wreck of a World War II Nazi submarine has been found washed up off the coast of Argentina by tourists. They were astounded to discover the remains of the 70-year old submarine.
The wreck is believed to be the remnants of a German U-boat (Unterseeboot, literally “undersea boat”) which was likely washed ashore after violent undersea currents washed up the WW2 submarine during the magnitude 8.3 earthquake that shook Chile last September.
The discovery of a German U-boat in Argentinian waters, the farthest of any known WW2 German submarine wreck ever found, is already exciting the imagination of WW2 historians who believe many Nazi high ranking officials might have used this kind of transport to flee Germany after the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945.
“This is very unexpected, its a proof of German troops landing on Argentinian soil during WW2″ historian and professor at University of Buenos Aires, Fernando Martin Gomez. “We estimate that at least 5,000 Nazis fled to Argentina after the war. But this kind of military vessel must have been used only for a distinct few, possibly for top ranking officials of the Nazi organization” he admits, visibly enthused by the discovery.
“Large number of German high officials fled to South America after the end of the war. Most scholars believe that Hitler fled to South America” explains professor of History at University of Oxford. “Declassified FBI files and the arrest of Herman Freudenstadt in 1987 clearly lead towards this possibility” acknowledges the expert.
Herman Freudenstadt, a former German Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the SS police force and childhood friend of Hitler, was arrested in Argentina in 1987 and convicted for war crimes. His court statements was “We fled with Hitler to South America in a submarine composed of a small crew of which a number of unnamed high ranking Nazi officials”, a statement and story that created a media frenzy at the time but was dismissed by specialists.
The discovery of this U-boat could lead some credence to the court statements of Herman Freudenstadt. An estimated 9,000 Nazi war criminals, including Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann and Auschwitz doctor Josef Mengele, fled to South America after Second World War.