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SHARKHUNTERS International
2016 "Hitler in Argentina"
     Expedition

Day 20     18 February

Without question, this was the most difficult day we have put in on this expedition.  It almost ended with a trip to the hospital - if there had been a hospital anywhere nearby.  Come along with us and we will open your eyes.

 

We began with a nice meal upstairs in the restaurant but....

 

.....this guy said we had to go downstairs.  Goodbye tip!

     
 
After a long ride down this 'modern' highway.....   Martin is buying something from the locals
     

Weren't we led to believe that these ruins were secret?  That they were hidden until that TV series 'found' them?  Why then, one might ask, is this a provincial park built around these 'hidden' ruins?  This park has been open since 1995!  Where is the secret here?  Truth is, there is nothing secret here for at least two decades; maybe more.

The sign below with the blow-up to the right clearly shows the way to what they call the 'Ruins of the Borman House'.....okay, so they forgot to give him two "N"s at the end of his name.  The fact remains that this place, these ruins, are no secret and are not freshly discovered.  We have had photos of this place on our website for four or five years.

Notice how close the house is to the river, to Paraguay.

 
     
 
     
 
Martin putting on even more bug spray.
In this area, one cannot be too careful.
  The Park Rangers giving us tips on what we need to
see - and telling us about the TV crew that was there.
     
 

Thank God that Park Ranger Miguel insisted that we fill more water bottles for the trip.  On the map, it didn't look all that hard.  Maybe one mile to the ruins and the same mile back - piece of cake.  But we remember that it is in the jungle; temperatures are above 120; humidity is 100%; this is a steep grade - and one of us just got out of the hospital three weeks ago.

Miguel also told us that we can only go here if we do not plan to sell our photos because if we do, we must have a government permit.  No problem, we told him - we are not making a movie or a TV series and we will not be selling the photos.  Okay, away we went.

     
 

Before we depart, note that we are on a high hill overlooking the river.  That is Paraguay across the river, making this a perfect spot for people who want to avoid the law.  Zip right across the river.

 

Off we go!  Doesn't look all that difficult.  It is clear and the path is downhill.....piece of cake but remember, we have to come back UP this way - a mile or so.

     
 
Down we go - and now into the jungle   Part of our trek was in this stream bed
     
 
The water was up to our ankles here.....   ...but we can buy new shoes.

We have reached the ruins!  We have many more photos in file but here is a sampling.

 
     
 

Now is a good time to debunk some of the statements made about these ruins:
1. This was not Adolf Hitler's house as a certain TV series claimed.  Did they make this claim to sensationalize their series?  You be the judge on that.

2.  This was not Martin Bormann's house as posted on the signs in the park.  We do not think that this was deliberate; more likely they just did not know.  Researcher HECTOR SPINELLI, Member #7940 emailed:
"Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  No one on his sane juice will believe that Bormann any time lived in this rat's cave!!!!!!!!  My Holy Heaven!  Remind Members he lived in the Plaza Hotel in Buenos Aires."
HECTOR is absolutely correct - Martin Bormann did live in the Plaza Hotel after the war.  We have confirmed this beyond any doubt.  Furthermore, we do not believe that any of the top level people of the Third Reich actually lived here.  It is just too small to be a residence of such people.  We believe that this was a sort of safe house for people waiting to move into either Paraguay just across the river or into Brazil not many miles away.  There are ruins of two houses here, neither very large.  It is likely that a small staff lived in one of the houses while keeping the other ready for people moving about.

3.  If you watched a certain TV series, you perhaps saw the "experts" of the group "finding" Nazi coins on the ground, thus "proving" their claims of........whatever baloney they wanted to foist onto their viewers.  We were told by one of the park rangers that the TV crew BROUGHT THESE COINS TO THE SITE then scattered them around so they could be "found" on camera, thus heightening sensationalism of their series and "furnishing proof" of what they were showing on camera.  It is beyond shameful and cannot possibly be considered journalism!

 
     

It is time to begin our long ascent to the ranger station and our car.  In the upper right photo I am not looking all that good.  We must remember that three weeks before I was in the hospital and so far, not back to normal.  At any rate, we began our ascent but it got more and more difficult for me to keep going.  My body just wanted to quit but somehow in the back of my head, I could hear my old drill sergeant from boot camp decades ago;
    "Keep moving, Cooper!  Another twenty yards - pick up the pace!"
How did Sergeant Trout pop into my head from so long ago?  Who knows.

Somehow I made it to the ranger station where I just flopped.  Martin and the ranger brought me several bottles of water and I was drinking water from the bottle in my left hand and with the bottle in my right hand I was pouring water over my head and chest.....and Martin offering to take me to the hospital.  What hospital?  We were in the middle of the jungle!  So I drank about all of the two-liter bottle and with the other bottle, refilled again and again and so poured five or six gallons of water over my head and chest to head off the heat stroke....but I forgot to take everything out of my pocket and all that, seen here on my night stand, and my Nikon camera - were totally soaked but we got our photos and more important, we got a lot of very valuable information from the rangers.  Back to the hotel, a warm shower and a clean bed was all I needed.  Tomorrow is a another day.

 

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