Hitler’s Escape from the Bunker: Conspiracy Theories and Political Fantasies?

16. September 2021 18:00

Sir Richard J Evans

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Since Hitler committed suicide in the bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery on 30 April 1945, stories have repeatedly circulated claiming he did not die, but escaped to live out a peaceful retirement in Argentina. These claims have become more frequent and more insistent since the turn of the century. They have even formed the basis for a 24-part television series broadcast on the History Channel.
In this talk, Richard J Evans examines these claims and asks why they continue to be advanced,and with what motives. How do we account for their growing popularity? And, applying recent advances in the understanding of conspiracy theories, how are they structured, and what effect do they have on our understanding of truth and fiction?

Richard J Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University and the author of numerous books on modern German and European History, including many that have been published in German: Kneipengespräche im Kaiserreich (Rowohlt, 1989), Tod in Hamburg (Rowohlt, 1990), Im Schatten Hitlers? (Suhrkamp, 1991),Fakten und Fiktionen (Campus, 1998), Rituale der Vergeltung (Hamburger Edition, 2001), Das Dritte Reich (3 Bde, DVA, 2004-2010), Veränderte Vergangenheiten (DVA, 2010), and Das europäische Jahrhundert (DVA, 2018). His latest book, Das Dritte Reich und seine Verschwörungstheorien, is published by DVA in October 2021.

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