Buried inside the trove of thousands of documents is a report about a Central Intelligence Agency informant who claimed to his operators that not only was Hitler still alive, but that he lived in Colombia in a neighborhood populated with other former Nazis.
In the document dated September 1955, the source told his CIA agent that a man from the SS, who went by the name of Phillip Citroen, was in contact with the Austrian-born Nazi ruler in the Colombian city of Tunja.
Citroen apparently told the informant that he saw a man who looked extremely similar to Hitler living in a neighborhood, adding that those residing in the same place referred to him by his Nazi title of “Führer” and gave him the traditional Nazi salute of an outstretched arm each time they passed him.
The Germans living in the neighborhood, the source said, revered the man with “an idolatry of the Nazi past, addressing him as ‘der Fuehrer’ and affording him the Nazi salute and storm-trooper adulation.”
Citroen even supplied the source with pictures of the man, who he said now answered to the name Adolf Schritteimayor.
According to the memos on the matter however, the CIA agents were skeptical about the reports, dismissing it as a “fantastic” story and “an apparent fantasy.”
Despite the theory and suspicions, Hitler is believed to have committed suicide in his Berlin Bunker on April 30 1945. His body was spirited off by the Red Army, but his corpse was never seen.