The History Channel Is Hunting Hitler
‘We have proved Adolf Hitler’s end did not take place in his Berlin bunker in 1945 as history had us believe. After an intensive investigation and the gathering of evidence showing that he escaped Germany with his bride Eva Braun, boarded a plane, got on a U-Boat, arrived in Argentina, hid in the mountains and worked undetected as a landscaper for decades, we have tracked down his current location.
And no he’s not dead folks, but is in fine health! Here is a grainy picture of the 126-year-old former Fuhrer enjoying a glass of lemonade while sitting with his German shepherd. He declined our requests for an interview.’
That would be such a great, surprising and satisfying way to conclude the History Channel’s new documentary series Hunting Hitler. I bet you it won’t be coming close to how cool that scenario would be though.
I’ve been tuning into this show since hearing about it and I have to admit I’ve shamefully been enjoying it. I rarely watch the History Channel anymore. I used to like it years ago when it was mainly the ‘WWII channel’. Ever since they became mainly dedicated to shows about picking antiques from dusty garages and pawning them off in a Vegas store I usually breeze past their programming. If anything H2 – History Channel’s second network – has more to do with actual history programming than it’s main channel.
In case you haven’t heard or gotten clued in yet, Hunting Hitler is a so-called ‘docu-series’ about a team of investigators led by CIA veteran Bob Baer to discover ‘the real truth’ about what really happened to Hitler. Going off of declassified FBI files that questioned the validity of Hitler’s suicide in Berlin in April 1945, this team examines the evidence and possible route that an escaping Hitler might have taken.
The show hasn’t convinced me that is Hitler is alive. At times the leaps of logic they base this ‘investigation’ off of and the apparent leads they follow are pretty eye rolling, but it is an interesting concept to consider. The idea that Hitler somehow managed to escape a falling Germany is a fascinating one, but I don’t buy it. It would make a great fictional ‘what if’ story, but any actual validity to it seems ludicrous.
Hunting Hitler is an entertainment show afterall. It plays very loose with certain facts. For example, it completely ignores certain witness testimony while placing more legitimacy on others just to make its premise work and to keep the theory kicking alive. The big revelations that the show introduces which is meant to be big dramatic turning points in this hunt are not as jaw-dropping as it presents them. Also the poor acting by the investigators and forced dramatic moments can be quite hysterical.
The whole show is a real stretch of believability, so I’ve been watching it as more goofy entertainment value than any actual history and ‘the search for truth’ happening. In that respect it’s been pretty good. I highly doubt any of the future episodes will persuade me that Hitler managed an escape from his bunker in 1945. I bet the way the film Downfall played out Adolph’s final days is about as close a depiction we’ll get of how Hitler’s end came about.
On a sidenote the History Channel has also been running a special holiday series called Christmas Through the Decades. It’s sort of a similar format to the I Love the 80’s shows VH1 used to do, only this one focuses on Christmas highlights through the decades. Traditions, programming, toys of the period, trends that were popular at the time, pretty interesting stuff.
I’ve only seen the 1960’s one so far and it was good. I never heard the idea of boiling Dr. Pepper as a holiday drink before! How wacky does that sound??? I’ll certainly be tuning into the other episodes. Finally History Channel has two programs I’m finding worth watching.
A segment from Christmas Through The Decades the 1970 episode covering the biggest toy craze of the period – Star Wars!