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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Hitler in Argentina"
     Expedition

Day 16     14 February

We are now in Uruguay where the plane landed and where people in the know are to be questioned.  We discovered an amazing situation in this area - everyone knows the story.....but they didn't see anything.....but the next guy down the road knows everything.  Let's begin at the beginning.  Our best S.E.I.G. Agent (PIZZARRO) told us long ago about the gigantic six engine JU 390-V2 that brought Adolf Hitler and others to this area in Uruguay.  PIZZARRO was all over this area some years ago and spoke with the pilot and others of the crew.

 

To the left is the chart drawn by PIZZARRO when we met one or two years ago, showing this area.  The long diagonal road indicates where this plane landed shortly after the German surrender.

      

The planes landed either on this road or at the Estancia of Herr von Metzker who was instrumental in the foundation of the German colony here known as 'Colonia 19 de Abril', building the German School etc.

When the colony was founded in 1929, it flourished.  German farms, industry etc. flourished.  With the beginning of World War Two, anything and everything German was forbidden - the German language, German schools etc were not allowed.  Professor Becker of the German School was arrested as a spy and taken to prison.  Nobody remembers what happened to him.


We begin this day's exploration and intervews.....

 
Entrance to 'Colonia de 19 Abril' looks nice.
Sadly, it goes downhill from here - badly!
  This is THE road!  The JU 390-V2 landed on this road or at the
estancia nearby.  There were no phone poles at the time
and these trees were not here.
     
     
 
     

The photo above will give you some idea what has happened to this colony.  The once proud, well kept German farms do not look like what one would expect but decades have passed - almost a century since this colony was founded.  This was our first stop for interviews and this lady was very kind.

She invited us in and talked to us - but didn't really say much.  She lives with the man standing next to her, her former son-in-law.  Her daughter had died and her two grandsons live there as well.

She had heard about the plane landing, but she was not yet born.  She 'knows' about this plane, but tells us the lady down the road, Elena Torn, is older and would remember this incident.

She said there were no Nazis here - she was sure of that.  Here she is writing something for us.  Maybe it was an accident or maybe she wanted to give us a clue but look at her right arm in these photos.  See anything?

 
     
 

If there are not stylized Swastikas, what else could they be?

She made sure to let her arm be easily seen.  Was this in error?  Was she trying to give us a clue?  Or was this something else?

We had a pleasant visit.  She gave us ice water and gave us some information, but about the plane - all she knows is what she was told.  We thanked her then departed for Elena Torn's house.

15 March just in from S.E.I.G. Agent PIZZARRO:
"On your page I have seen the right arm of the old lady with the stylized S-Cross.  Question you should ask this lady for the code.  Interesting it is the right arm.."

FYI: S-Cross refers to the Swastika or as it is known in Germany, the Hooked Cross.

     
 
     

We arrived at the home of Elena Torn and as we see above, it was not in any better condition than the last house we visited.  We also see the threadbare curtains in the photo above right.

She was very nice - both she and her daughter talked with us for better than an hour.  Like the others with whom we spoke, she heard the stories but she did not witness the plane itself.....but the next one down the road would remember.  It almost appeared as if this was the standard reply to questions - "I heard the stories but did not see anything.  The next one down the road would remember."  It is almost like Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes.

Elena did remember that three of her sisters from her school who married three sailors off the GRAF SPEE.  These sailors had a truck and she let me take a photo of her photo seen here.

Okay.....on to the next one down the road.....

 
     
 

The "next one down the road" is not all that easy!  Here we see my guide and friend Martin checking over 'the road' to see if it is safe for his new Volkswagen to travel.  Can we make it?  And on we go.......

 

We talked with many people and all said the same - they heard about this plane but they did not see it for themselves - but the next one down the road would remember.

     
 

We got a little more from Anna Wolf, age 88.  She invited us into her home and began to talk with us - then insisted that I turn the camera off, which I did.

She answered my questions politely but when I asked about the giant JU 390-V2 aircraft, she became very nervous, laughed a short and nervous laugh then said that she had HEARD about it, but the next one down the road could tell us more.

It seems we have heard that story before and looking back to the psychology classes I took in school, I read a lot from her nervous laugh.  In short, I had struck a nerve, but she would say nothing more about the plane.

We also spoke to a man who is now living in the former German School seen here.  He would not allow the camera, was very nervous, kept his head down and did not make eye contact.

     
 

This area is so sad.  The 'houses' are not much more than concrete boxes with a couple rooms, cement floors, sheets hanging empty doorways, nothing in the windows - and everyone owns dogs.....dozens of them, and they wander through the houses like they would in a barn.  Is this what has happened to the once proud Third Reich Germans?  If so, it is one hell of a tragedy.

Tomorrow we track down the daughter of von Metzker, the owner of the estancia in question.

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