From War History Online:
The Hitler and Mannerheim Recording is a secret voice recording of a private conversation between Adolf Hitler and Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim held in 1942. The Finnish engineer at the broadcasting company Yle, Thor Damen, succeeded in recording the first eleven minutes of Hitler’s and Mannerheim’s private conversation.
Since Hitler never allowed anyone to record him off-guard, it had to be done secretly.
Damen’s original purpose was to record official birthday speeches and Mannerheim’s responses. However, Damen decided to continue recording after the conversation switched from official to private.
The SS realized that Damen was recording the conversation, and they immediately demanded to have it stopped. The SS were furious, but Yle was allowed to keep the tape hidden away, never to be opened. The tape was given to head of the state censors’ office, Kustaa Vilkuna, returned to Yle in 1957, and made publicly available a few years later.
It is the only known recording of Hitler speaking in an unofficial tone and one of the very few recordings in which Hitler may be heard delivering a narrative without raising his voice.
The conversation is about Hitler explaining the failure of Operation Barbarossa, Italian defeats in North Africa, Yugoslavia, and Albania, armaments in the Soviet Union, and Romanian petroleum wells.
After the secret recording was uncovered, a bombshell memo was leaked regarding Hitler’s death.
A document on the Central Intelligence Agency’s website reveal a U.S. agent was told by a “trusted” source that Adolf Hitler survived World War II and hid out in South America.
Marked “secret”, the memo that claimed Hitler didn’t commit suicide in his Berlin bunker, but instead fled to Colombia, was wired from the head of CIA’s bureau in Carcas, Venezuela, on October 3, 1955.
The bombshell document was sent to the head of spy agency’s Western Hemisphere Division, who wold have been Joseph Cadwell King. King is believed to advocated the assassinations of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and was also instrumental in overthrowing Brazilian president Joao Goulart in 1964.
Codenamed agent Cimelody-3 reports a former member of Hitler’s brutal secret police the SS claimed Hitler “is still alive.” The trooper, named Philip Citroen, is said to have been in contact with Hitler once a month in Colombia.
The suspected Hitler’s picture was even presented to the agent, scanned and sent back to the CIA.
“CIMELODY-3 [a code name] was contacted on 29 September 1955 by a trusted friend who served under his command in Europe and who is presently residing in Maracaibo,” the acting intelligence chief in Caracas, Venezuela sent to his supervisor days later, on October 3, 1955. “CIMELODY-3’s friend stated that during the latter part of September 1955, Phillip CITROEN, former German SS trooper, stated to him confidentially that Adolph HITLER is still alive.” It continued, “CITROEN commented that inasmuch as ten years have passed since the end of World War II, the Allies could no longer prosecute HITLER as a criminal of war.”
There is also a purported photo. “On 28 September 1955, CIMELODY-3’s friend surreptitiously obtained the photograph CIMELODY-3 referred to. On 29 September 1955, the photo was shown to CIMELODY-3 for purposes of getting his reaction to the possible veracity of this fantastic story.”
In the declassified memo, the photo is attached, showing an “Adolf Schrittelmayor” in Tunga, Colombia in 1954, seated next to a companion. “The person on the left is alleged to be CITROEN and the person on the right is undoubtedly the person which CITROEN claims is HITLER. The back side of the photograph contained the following data: ‘Adolf Schrittelmayor, Tunga, Colombia, 1954.’”
The figure in the purported photograph clearly resembles the Nazi leader who reportedly committed suicide on April 30, 1945, in his bunker in Berlin, to avoid being captured by the Red Army.
Conspiracy theories have circulated for years that senior officials in the Nazi high command escaped to South America, including the most infamous of all — despite Hitler being officially recorded dead by the Allies.
Those theories, for Hitler, have generally centered around Argentina, not Colombia, and it was widely presumed he would be heavily disguised and not keep his first name or looking the exact same as his world-famous appearance during the bloodiest conflict in human history. The United States Secret Service issued images in 1944 about how he might try to disguise himself.
The Soviets and then the Russian Federation claimed for years to have some remains of Hitler, though the bodies of both he and Eva Braun, his longtime lover turned wife, were hastily cremated.
Still, Moscow claims they recovered partial remains. However, in 2009 an American scientist was allowed to examine the skull for an hour claimed the skull was definitely female, not male, and from a person aged 20 to 40, not 56, Hitler’s reported age of death. The Russian FSB fiercely denied this account from Nick Bellantoni of the University of Connecticut.
“The Soviet story of handling them shortly [after the suicides] is fraught with inconsistencies,” the Defense official argues. “It would appear both the USSR and the U.S. seriously considered that he was not dead. It was the Wild West when Berlin fell. Some senior Nazis gave fake names and survived as unnoticed regular soldiers in Soviet camps, some were rumored to have dressed similar-looking dead bodies in their uniforms, some used the preexisting exfiltration networks to get out. … There are age-advanced photos out there of Hitler, put out by U.S. intelligence.”
Still, when pressed, the official put the chance that Hitler actually escaped to South America at five percent. “While suspicious and out of character the KGB story is much simpler and more plausible than him living for years in South America.”
Yet, in the week the administration dragged out the declassification of all its JFK assassination files for another six months, documents like this historical curiosity will certainly provide fodder for further conspiracy theories.