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History Channel’s ‘Hunting Hitler’ host set to speak in Santa Fe

January 22, 2019

Bob Baer personally believes Adolf Hitler died as World War II came to an end.

But the mystery surrounding Hitler’s demise is far from buried.

Baer, a former longtime intelligence case officer for the CIA and the host of the History Channel’s Hunting Hitler series, will speak Monday in Santa Fe at what the Jewish Federation of New Mexico is calling its “signature event of 2019.”

He plans to discuss conspiracy theories on the possibility of Hitler’s escape and whereabouts, and other mysteries.

Though Baer said he believes Hitler died in Berlin in April 1945, he never stops asking questions about history.

“I’m curious about a lot of things — everything,” said Baer. “Once you start looking back on history, you’re classified with people who believe in conspiracy theories. … But [no one] actually knows.”

Following World War II, evidence shows Hitler died of a self-inflicted gunshot in a bunker in Germany. Soviet soldiers reportedly discovered the site and set fire to it, and then recovered the human remains.

According to May 2018 reports by NPR, Smithsonian magazine and other news media, Russian intelligence finally allowed scientists to conduct a forensic study of the jawbone and teeth believed to be Hitler’s, and the French team determined they were authentic.

Baer said there’s more to the story.

Based on classified files from the FBI and information at the CIA, he said, “there’s no doubt” Hitler planned to escape to South America and eventually initiate a Fourth Reich to propel Nazism across borders.

His goal has always been to find missing pieces of the past and “complete the big picture,” Baer said.

“It’s not a question of connecting the dots. It’s about questioning if the dot is truly a dot,” he added.

Zachary Benjamin, executive director of the Jewish Federation, said he expects some members of the audience to be uncomfortable with a talk on Hitler, but he thinks the benefits will outweigh the negatives.

“The only way the lessons of history will remain alive, and continue to be learned in a way that the darker pieces of history do not repeat themselves, is by talking about [it],” he said. “However you feel about [Baer’s] theories … we are providing a viewpoint that is valuable.”

Baer, who calls himself a “student of intelligence,” said he also continues to question Lee Harvey Oswald’s behind-the-scenes planning of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, as well as the recruitment of Saudis involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the evolution of President Donald’s Trump’s relationship with Russia.

During his visit to Santa Fe, Baer said, he hopes to conduct a question-and-answer session so he can open the door to other topics as well.

“I like to speak about what the audience is interested in,” said Baer, adding “there’s only so much to say about Hitler.”

If you go

What: The Jewish Federation of New Mexico will host Bob Baer, an internationally recognized ex-CIA agent and host of the History Channel’s television show Hunting Hitler, for a lecture, book signing and reception. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will benefit the Jewish Federation, which funds and administers programs and services for the Jewish and broader community.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21

Where: Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave.

Tickets: For more information on how to purchase tickets, visitjewishnewmexico.org/product/general-admission-bob-baer.

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