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Stangl claimed Bormann to be alive in Paraguay

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A small bit of memory-holed history, lifted from The Milwaukee Journal, Thursday July 20, 1967, p. 2:

Hitler’s Deputy Living in Brazil, Nazi Says

Observer News Service

Vienna, Austria – Nazi war criminal Franz Stangl, now being interrogated in West Germany, has reported that Martin Bormann – Hitler’s deputy – is still alive.
Stangl, extradited from Brazil last month, has also pinpointed the area in which Bormann is to be found – the Brazilian state of Parana, close to the border with Paraguay.
As a result of Stangl’s statements, the West German government has officially asked Brazilian authorities to arrest and extradite Bormann. This is the first time that the German government has officially indicated that it believes that Bormann – officially declared dead in 1954 – is still alive.
Until now, the big question about Bormann – “Hitler’s evil spirit – has not been his whereabouts, but whether he survived 1945.
It is accepted that Stangl would know the truth. As former commandant of the notorious Treblinka extermination camp in Poland, he had been third on the list of the most wanted Nazis. At the time of his arrest he was living and working in Sao Paulo, Brazil, an area in which a number of Bormann’s underlings settled after the war.
It now seems that Bormann has been moving about between three South American countries – Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Stangl said Bormann has a heart disease, and at one time was in a monestary in Asuncion, Paraguay, where Dr. Josef Mengele, the “Doctor of Auschwitz” was called in to treat him.
Stangl, now awaiting trial, is likely to be interrogated for a long time yet. Only his questioners know how co-operative he is being. But there are indications that he is talking about prominent Nazis other than Bormann.”

The problem is, of course, that Bormann’s remains were found in Berlin in 1972 and positively identified as such by genetic tests in 1998. Thus all the claims of Bormann surviving the war and hiding in South America were nothing but tall tales and rumors. Stangl’s statements on Bormann to his West German interrogators clearly shows that he was willing to please the Bundesdeutsche justice with various outrageous claims.

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