End to the Mystery of the Submarine Linked to the Flight of Nazis to South America

The Danish War Museum reported that it had found the famous Nazi submarine U-3523 in the territorial waters of that country, 123 meters deep. Various conspiracy theories claimed that the submersible arrived in South America loaded with Nazis

Adolf Hitler committed suicide by shooting himself in the temple on April 30, 1945.

But various conspiracy theories point out that instead, he died as an elder and in different parts of the planet.

Many of these informal statements indicate that Hitler and several of his collaborators from the Third Reich came to Latin America, especially in the south of the continent, where they managed to pass incognito and live the rest of their days in total tranquillity.

And they did it after crossing the Atlantic and evading the controls of the allied forces thanks to a powerful submarine: the U-3523.

However, one of the underpinnings of that theory collapsed on Thursday: the Danish War Museum, located in Copenhagen, said it had found the famous Nazi submarine in the territorial waters of that country, 123 meters deep.

“The museum located the remains of the German submarine U-3523, which was sunk in the Strait of Skagerrak by the B24 Liberator aircraft on May 6, 1945,” says a document sent by the Danish War Museum to BBC World.

“Due to its ability to remain submerged for a long time, the U-3523 fueled rumours that it had been the means of transport for the Nazi elite to escape to South America,” he adds.

What is certain is that some prominent Nazi characters actually arrived in South America, such as Adolf Eichmann, who ended up in Argentina, or Josef Mengele, who ended up in Brazil.

But the submarine found allows in part to break ground with some versions and rewrite the history of a part of the 20th century.

The find

The U-3523 was part of the Type XXI fleet, considered by several experts to be the most modern – and one of the last to be built – of the Kriegsmarine, the Nazi Navy.

“This submarine was designed, unlike its predecessors, genuinely to remain submerged for a long time, which means it could calmly travel nonstop to South America,” the document says.

However, despite the fact that 118 Type XXI submarines were ordered to be built, only two entered service – one of the U-3523 – and were never in combat.

Although there were clear indications that the Royal British Air Force had sunk him, the lack of physical evidence fueled the mystery and theories about the Nazi flight to South America.

The researchers of the museum indicated that they have been working in search of the shipwrecks left by the Second World War and that they are lying in the waters near Denmark.

“The discovery was made while we were scanning an area near the town of Skagen, in northern Denmark,” explained the Museum.

How did you identify it? In addition to the historical data that indicated that U-3523 had been sunk in that area, there was an identical model on the surface with which to compare the recovered remains.

This is a model similar to that found in Denmark and thought to have been the means of transport with which the Nazi leaders had fled to Latin America.
The other submarine survivor of the Type XXI fleet remains stationed at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven.

“The funny thing is that, unlike other finds, the remains of U-3523 were like nailed to the seabed, which made it easier to identify them.”

For now, the remains of U-3523 will remain at the bottom of the sea until an expedition is ordered to remove its remains.

“It is unlikely that it will be soon due to the fact that it is at a great depth and in an area of difficult access,” he concluded.

 

Source: El Comercio