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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 July "South American Expedition"

On the trail of the 3rd Reich in - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
     Mengele!     Müller!     Two women who "died" in a bunker in 1945

 
     

Our first stop brought us to the shop (both above and right) of Fernando.  Well, we were told it was his repair shop even though it looked more like a junkyard in the making.

He was happy to see us and insisted that we sit on one of his "chairs" as we see here.  I mentioned that way back when I was a professional racing driver, I often sat in such "chairs" but here, as CHRISTIANE pointed out, if we fell out of a "chair" we would most likely cut ourselves to ribbons on the incredible piles of rusted junk on the floor and would most likely be infected with all manner of problems from tetanus to just plain serious infections.  We stood!

 
     
 

Fernando told us to go to a specific kiosk in the next town, which we did.  We asked for the gentleman (cannot print his name) and they told us they never heard of him - but we should go to a certain hotel and ask there, which we did.

They did not know of this man, but sent us to a restaurant.  We asked for this man but they never heard of him either, but suggested we could use the rest rooms and maybe relax with a Coke or coffee, which we did.

We noticed several people at the front of the restaurant talking to each other and glancing at us.  FRANCO said we were being checked out.

After a short while, we were called back to the front counter where the old man who had been the center of the group watching us, introduced us to a young man and told us to go with him.

 

     

We walked a couple blocks to a kiosk that was crawling with handbags, computer bags and suitcases.  If you remember back to the American TV series of the 1980's called "The A-Team" you will recall that anyone wanting to hire the A-Team had to go from one person to another and finally meeting Mr. Lee at a Chinese laundry before being able to meet the team.

That is exactly how we felt but now we were talking with the man that FRANCO needed to speak with.  He got the information he needed and we were off on our hunt for more history.  Mengele is one of the main people we are looking for.

 
     
 
     
 

Above left is the entrance to the place we were looking for and above right is the drawing by Nora Daisy made decades ago.  There is no doubt that this is the place she remembered.

We proceed through this gate - and walk back into history!

     
 
     

We took seats in the dining room (both above and right) but while I was waiting for my lunch, I wandered this section with my camera in hand.  As we will see by the subsequent photos, this place is massive and architecture is definitely Bavarian/Austrian in design.

 
     
 

When FRANCO and I looked around when we first got here, it appeared there was some kind of meeting room along this long hallway.  The curtains were drawn inside and through one or two cracks in the curtain, we could see that it probably was a meeting room.

After returning to our table in the dining room, I set out wandering again and found the entrance to this hall but it was locked.  Our waitress, a nice lady of about 60 or so years, happened to be walking past at that moment and using sign language, I asked if she would please have someone open this room for me.  With that, she smiled and pulled out the keys, opened the door for me and walked away.  In I went with camera clicking away!

     
 
     

As we see by the above two photos, it certainly was a meeting room.  The switches and fuses in the photo right are quite similar to those I have seen in old hotels in Bavaria.

She told us that she had seen Hitler, Mengele, Bormann and even Alberto Stroessner (dictator of Paraguay at that time) at meetings here.  I began to sing some of the German military songs and she excitedly said those were the songs.

She told of the five Mossad agents who arrived at this resort in the 1960's to attempt to snatch Mengele as they did with Eichmann but somehow their plans went wrong and they all had their throats slashed.  The secret agent business can be dangerous and on such a mission, one either succeeds totally or usually died.

 
     

Now we wander this massive place, look at the area, take some photos and in our minds, turn back the calendar some five or six decades then we look at one of the most notable residents here.

 

     

 

     

  There are stairs up, there are stairs down, there are stairs and different levels of this place everywhere.  Let's keep walking.
     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     
As we see in the photo right and the two below, the friendly jungle immediately adjacent to this facility provides excellent protection against anyone attempting to infiltrate from any direction other than the (at the time) well guarded front gate.  

     

 

Now we get down to the people who were here in the decades after the end of the war.
 

Who rested in either of these rooms in the 1950's and 1960's?

Room #26 was the smaller and and when he was alone, he took Room #26 for his privacy and the photo directly below Room #26 photo is the bed with the white cover.

But when he had friends (bodyguards???) with him, he took Room #28 which had four beds in it.  The two photos directly below the photo of the door of Room #28 are in that room.

Who was this man of the 3rd Reich who was here so often that he practically lived here?  Attended a great many meetings with men who had been reported as dead in Berlin?  Or men who just plain disappeared at the end of the war.  Who was he?
 

     

 

     

 

     

 


The lady said it was Dr. Josef Mengele!  She said she had seen him here many times and that he had meetings with Stroessner, Hitler, Bormann and many others.  These rooms were set aside for him.  We were told that his room was the most decorated in the resort.

     
To relax and celebrate this monumental day, FRANCO found a great Italian restaurant and we ordered the dinner for four with four different kinds of food and more than enough of it.  The food was great and it was a super ending to a great day.  

     

 

     

  I was so wired after our discoveries this day that I went to the hotel restaurant high above the city and relaxed with a Coke.

This was a VERY good day!

What is planned for tomorrow?  You will have to check back tomorrow and see, but I promise you will not be disappointed.


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