Monday, September 6, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
September 6, 2010

In Part 18 of this series, I mentioned Louis Kilzer’s Hitler’s Traitor and Paul Manning’s Martin Borman: Nazi in Exile. A question has been raised about a contradiction between these two authors regarding what happened to Martin Bormann, and it is important to address this issue.

Manning presents evidence that Bormann escaped to South America and lived long after WWII. However, Kilzer argues that DNA evidence and dental records examined in 1998 confirmed Artur Axmann’s claim that Borman died near Weidenbammer Bridge in Germany sometime between 1:30 A.M. and 2:30 A.M. on May 2, 1945.

At first, Kilzer seems to have the better case, but the DNA evidence from skeletal remains unearthed by a construction crew near the bridge in 1972 was matched with that of a Bormann relative rather than DNA known to have come from Bormann himself. If Bormann was planning to escape, he could have had the dental records of a relative of similar height substituted for his own, and that person’s remains could have been uncovered in 1972. Or, since FBI files showed Bormann on August 4, 5, and 14, 1967 had written checks on demand accounts in several banks (see Part 13 of this series), perhaps Bormann died between 1967 and 1972 and his body was then secreted back to Germany to be “discovered” in 1972. Why did the construction crew just happen to unearth his skeletal remains in 1972 rather than earlier when Axmann made his original claim?

Although this theory would undermine Paul Manning’s assertion that Bormann was alive in South America at least until 1980, it would at least be consistent with the claimed dental records and DNA results. Further questioning Kilzer’s claim that Bormann died in 1945, if Bormann did die that year, then why did Gen. Reinhard Gehlen later say Bormann escaped to the U.S.S.R., and why was Paul Manning’s publisher’s legs broken as a result of publishing Manning’s book? In addition, why was Paul Manning’s son murdered as Manning in the early 1990s continued his research into Bormann’s South American activities?

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