It’s a conspiracy that won’t quit, did the Nazis really have a secret base in Antarctica?
By Michael Havis
The Germans visited Antarctica looking to set up a whaling base in World War Two.
Another goal was scouting a place for a naval base, but nothing came of it.
Despite this, legends of a secret base continue to fuel speculation still.
Now one Russian anorak believes he may have cracked the case using Google Earth.
Valentin Degtyarev claims he’s spotted a cave on the side of a mountain in the frozen continent.
And he says the mouth of it is 60m high and 20m wide, something that’s “not a typical phenomenon” in nature.
Mr Degtyarev, who’s described by Russian newspaper Pravda as a researcher and radio host, described the find on his blog.
He wrote: “In the 1930s the Germans actively explored Antarctica. For this purpose they made the largest submarine in the world.
“A huge amount of cargo was taken, as well as 11,000 concentration camp prisoners. The last expedition was arranged before the fall of Germany.”
Mr Degtyarev says a cabal of top Nazis could have been evacuated there, writing that “not all the perpetrators were found and executed”.
And while no trace of a Nazi base has ever been found in Antarctica, he says this cave may be newly revealed by retreating ice.
The mountain he identifies is part of the Mühlig-Hofmann range, where a conspiracy theory says Hitler’s ashes were hidden.
Hitler’s Ashes, a book attributed to Colonel Howard Buechner and Captain Wilhelm Bernard, sparked the bizarre legend.
It claims the crew of Nazi submarine U-530 visited the cave, which was found by the earlier expedition, in 1945.
Colin Summerhayes of the University of Cambridge, however, rules out the theory as “entirely fallacious”.
In a peer-reviewed paper, published in 2006, Mr Summerhayes probed the various legends about a Nazi Antarctic base.
“Our analysis… suggests that in these writings fantasy has ruled and a travesty of history has occurred,” the paper concludes.
“Fragments of these accounts have been stitched together… Information that did not fit has been left out. Gaps have been filled by speculation.”
The real Nazi expedition to Antarctica visited an area known as New Swabia – named after a German region – left on 6 February 1939.More Information: Antarctica Archive →
This article (Did melting ice just reveal a secret Antarctic Nazi base?) was originally published on Daily Star and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.