In 1972 Frederick Forsyth released a book called The Odessa File, a thriller describing the experiences of a young German reporters attempts to track
down a former SS concentration camp commander.
Central to the plot was the idea that many top SS officials escaped Nazi Germany (and the clutches of the Allies) under an operation called
"Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen", which translates as “Organization of Former Members of the SS” or ODESSA for short. Under ODESSA
it is claimed that many of these top SS officials fled to South America in order to continue their work towards world domination.
However, several authoritative books by professionals involved in the U.S. War Crimes Commission (including T.H. Tetens and Joseph Wechsberg) have
verified the organization's existence and given details of its operations. Wechsberg studied Simon Wiesenthal's memoirs on ODESSA and verified them
with his own experiences in the book The Murderers Among Us.
While many Historians, Nazi concentration camp supervisors and other top (captured) Nazis denied its existence, neither US War Crimes Commission
reports nor American OSS officials did.
Whether or not ODESSA actually existed, one thing is for sure, many top SS Officers and Officials did indeed escape trial, following a plan which some
believe had been created long before the fall of the Third Reich; a plan to establish a Fourth Reich right under the radar….in America.
A theory widely speculated on by Jim Marrs in his book The Rise Of The Fourth Reich in which he posits that Nazi ideology threatens to overtake
But as Marrs precisely explains, National Socialism never died, but rather its hideous philosophy is alive and active in modern America.
Unfortunately, most people cannot understand the shadowy links between fascism and corporate power, the military, and our elected leaders.
While the United States helped defeat the Germans in World War II, we failed to defeat the Nazis. At the end of the war, ranking Nazis, along with
their young and fanatical protégés, used the loot of Europe to create corporate front companies in many countries, including the United States of
Utilizing their stolen wealth, men with Nazi backgrounds and mentalities wormed their way into corporate America, slowly buying up and consolidating
companies into giant multinational conglomerates. Many thousands of other Nazis came to the United States under classified programs such as
Operation Paperclip. They brought with them miraculous weapon technology that helped win
the space race but they also brought their insidious Nazi philosophy within our borders.
This ideology based on the authoritarian premise that the end justifies the means—including unprovoked wars of aggression and curtailment of
individual liberties—has gained an iron hold in the "land of the free and the home of the brave."
But what of those Nazis who were not involved with Operation Paperclip? What of those Nazis who neither the USA or USSR deemed valuable enough or who
themselves weren’t willing to switch allegiances so eagerly?
Nazis in South America
Although that list is very short it must be remembered that at the end of the war, the SS was estimated to have 600,000 members, all members of the
Nazi Party who were committed to its ideology, in contrast to the members of the German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) who were citizens conscripted into
its ranks. The vast majority of this 600,000 escaped trial and punishment.
Well it seems their sudden rush to South America were not the actions of desperate men, but the next logical step in a plan that was years in the
Final resting place: Brazilian natives at a Nazi grave in the Amazon. The wooden cross decorated with swastikas carries the inscription:
'Joseph Greiner died here on 2.1.1936'
Discovered: Crosses mark the graves deep in the jungle
A graveyard of former Nazis bent on creating a 'foreign Fatherland' in the Amazonian rainforests from which to spread Hitler's maniacal beliefs
has been discovered in Brazil.
The relics betray a madcap plan back in the 1930s to create a master race thousands of miles from Germany.
The graveyard and other ruins that fanatical Nazis left behind are chronicled in a new book.
Entitled ’The Guayana-Projekt. A German Adventure on the Amazon’ it says die-hard Nazis believed they were destined to settle the world like
pioneers of the wild west in America.
It has long been known that Nazis wandered post-war into the remote regions of South America, befriended by fascist governments and military
The 1978 film Boys From Brazil told a of a bizarre plot to clone Hitler that was hatched by Joseph Mengele in his jungle hideout.
But the harshness of the Amazonian jungle was a strange choice of destination. Historical Nazi 'footprints' are found in grave markers with
swastikas, photos found in archives back home and the remains of dwellings.
On an island on a tributary of the River Jary in Brazil author Jens Gluessing found a nine-foot high wooden cross decorated with swastikas that
testified to one of the explorers who never made it back to Berlin.
It carries the inscription: 'Joseph Greiner died here on 2.1.1936, a death from fever in the service of German Research Work.'
The Guayana project: Nazi's in the jungle Camp. In 1935 German researchers went on an expedition of the Brazilian jungles
With the natives: In 1935 German researchers went on an expedition of the Brazilian jungles
Locals call the site 'The Nazi graveyard' but it was originally destined to be part of a string of Nazi settlements across the Amazon which
Hitler missionaries would use as jumping-off points to spread the gospel of totalitarianism.
In archives of the Brazilian State Department and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Gluessing found details of Greiner’s jungle mission.
Greiner arrived in 1935, bankrolled by the Nazi government and died of yellow fever or Malaria.
He was one of three sent out by S.S race specialists as the vanguard of what they perceived would be a wave of settlers.
Greiner and his compatriots had dozens of helpers with them exploring the region bordering French Guyana with a view to populating it for the Reich.
They also had their sights on the neighbouring British and Dutch colonies.
They applied to conquer the Amazon jungle
A film was produced showing Greiner's work in the jungle in the 1930s. He believed the Nazis could colonise 'Amazonia'
They sent back to Berlin details of how a German soldiers should live in Brazil, even though their cover story was that they were collecting
specimens of fauna and wildlife.
Schulz Kampfhenkel, an officer in the S.S. and leader of the expedition which claimed Greiner’s life, returned from the jungles and submitted to his
boss Heinrich Himmler details of the ’Guayana Project.’
'The two largest scantly populated, but rich in resources, areas on earth are in Siberia and South America,' he wrote to Himmler.
'They alone offer spacious immigration and settlement possibilities for the Nordic peoples.'
As Siberia semed likely to fall at that time to China, he recommended colonising Amazonia for 'people without living space.'
He added in typically Nazi fashion: 'For the more advanced white race it offers outstanding possibilities for exploitation.'
As befitting an S.S. man who bought wholly into concepts of Nazi race purity he said the people who lived there 'cannot be measured in civilised
terms as we known them in Germany.'
With one million German settlers in Brazil already, he argued the seedcorn was already there for the expansion of the Third Reich and that they could
secure a 'bridgehead' against American influence in the region.
The author found evidence, however, that Himmler had 'scant interest' in his grandiose settlement plans.
A Nazi film was made of his travels – but no mention made of the Guayana Project: it remained classified by S.S. intelligence.
'Given time, the plan may be submitted again,' Himmler wrote to his jungle emissary.
But his experiences were put to use by the Nazi war machine: he became Nazi Germany’s leading expert in aerial photo-reconnaissance interpretation.
After the war the Americans arrested him and he was placed in a POW camp in Salzburg, Austria.
Released, he died in 1989, still dreaming of a German colony amid the rain forests.
But did that dream in fact become a reality?
So we know that the Nazis certainly did have a very serious interest in South America and that this interest had begun at least ten years before the
end of WW2.
“The 1978 film Boys From Brazil told a of a bizarre plot to clone Hitler that was hatched by Joseph Mengele in his jungle hideout.”
Bizarre indeed. But once again it seems that the only more incredible than the lies could be the truth……