Hi ... I beg to differ with your views. I've set out my arguments in a long review called "Hopeless nonsense - Save your money!"
I'm afraid your history professor was right! There is no evidence Hitler escaped from Berlin in 1945. Nor Eva Braun, let alone Martin Bormann. If you examine the text in the way I have in my review you'll see why I think this book is misleading and untrue. Try looking at it in a different way from the way you're doing at the moment and see what happens!
In the meantime I'm surprised you enthuse about a book where the author is incapable of getting the simplest facts right. On page 159 he tells us Adolf Eichmann was 'Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp.' Wrong!
As for your claim that Velasco 'met briefly with Hitler who by then was a feeble, old man'. Some meeting! Velasco would have us believe he arrived at a remote hidden estate and was taken to meet `the Führer'. He was shown into a room and found an elderly man seated at a desk in front of a huge Nazi banner hung on the wall behind. The man was so old and decrepit Velasco admits `if this was Hitler he was barely recognizable as the man whom I had seen leaving the Berlin bunker in April, 1945.' He had no moustache and was completely bald. Velasco emphasises his uncertainty about the man`s identity. `Hitler, if Hitler it was, received me sitting down...'
There's a desultory conversation that reveals nothing of interest and Velasco is shown out and returns to Mexico. On the flight home he's `filled with excitement', but also assailed by doubts. `Could this shrunken old man have been the one-time ranting, dominating dictator? ' he wonders. `Was this poor creature, now presiding over a million square miles of nothing, the same as he who had conquered a continent? Was this Hitler?'
If Velasco is suspicious about the man's identity - and he expresses doubts seven times! - why should we believe he was Hitler? Where's the hard evidence?
I'm surprised Mr Bauernschmidt recommends the book - "Martin Bormann: Nazi in exile" by Paul Manning as this demolishes Velasco's credibility in a few sentences.
On page 172 Manning confirms Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in the Berlin bunker in 1945. Velasco claims Hitler escaped to Argentina and Eva died elsewhere.
Velasco also claims he and Bormann together escaped to Argentina onboard a submarine in the summer of 1946. Manning destroys that argument at a stroke. He claims Bormann boarded a ship the next year - that's 1947 - `a rather sizeable freighter' - sailed to South America and `steamed into the harbor of Buenos Aires in the winter of 1947'. Velasco is never mentioned in Manning's book. He never had conversations with Bormann onboard a submarine, or anywhere else.
Although Manning got a few things right his book is full of nonsense and best avoided. I explain why in a one star review for those who are interested. I also suggest customers avoid another book Mr B is keen on - "Aftermath" by Ladislas Farago. It excited international ridicule when first published. Again you can see why if you read my one star review. The title will give you some idea where I'm coming from - "Absolute drivel - Avoid!"
As for "Hitler in Argentina" by Harry Cooper. Read the one star reviews and you'll avoid being fooled by one of the worst Hitler escape books on the market.
Kind regards Roger Clark.