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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hitler in Ecuador

In 1997, Sean David Morton of Delphi Associates posted a fascinating Web article which I condensed below.

Magda Zeitfeld's father, a plastic surgeon, operated the largest plastic surgery clinic in Berlin, Germany, in the 1930s. He put Magda and her brother through medical school and they both soon joined his medical practice.

When World War II broke out, Magda was given a commission into the German Army and assigned to the SS. She supervised a program that created doubles for Hitler, which were performed at her father's clinic.

In the fall of 1943, three high-level Nazis came to her father's clinic wanting their faces altered. Unknown to the SS, her father consulted Magda during the process and she made drawings of the men's final appearances.

Two of the men were Adolph Hitler and Martin Borman. Magda did not recognize the third man.

Morton wrote: "It is an established fact that Hitler never gave a public speech after the fall of 1943."

Shortly thereafter, the entire staff, including Magda's father and brother, was murdered and the clinic (plus files) was burned to the ground. Subsequently, every doctor ever associated with Hitler simply vanished. The only person who could be used to identify Hitler was a dental assistant who had twice cleaned Hitler's teeth.

Under pressure from the Russians, the dental assistant drew a sketch of her recollection of Hitler's teeth. After much debate, it was concluded it matched the teeth of the mutilated body found outside "Hitler's Bunker."

A man named Krespi arrived at the Vatican in 1943, claiming to have come from an Italian/Austrian family in Northern Italy. Coincidentally, Hitler's mother was a Roman Catholic from Northern Italy, Italian was Hitler's first language and all he spoke until age 12. Newsreels from the era show him speaking fluent Italian to Mussolini.

Vatican City has the status of a sovereign country and diplomatic immunity. Father Krespi served as a novitiate and was ordained into the priesthood without ever leaving Vatican City, which has never happened before or since. As a novitiate, he became art curator of the Vatican Archives, a position far above his status.

After the war, SS Col. Magda Zeitfeld surrendered to U.S. Army Col. Kevin Stapleford, head of the OSS (today known as the CIA). She told him about the Hitler doubles. They later married and moved to Tucson, Ariz.

In 1956, Father Krespi was assigned by the Vatican as the head of the Saliciano Order in Cuenca, Ecuador. Martin Borman had also initially been given sanction in the Vatican and had relocated to Cuenca years earlier.

Col. Stapleford died in the '80s, shortly after he and Magda had bought another house. The man who had sold the house introduced Magda to a friend, Lt. Col. Wendelle Stevens (Ret.), to help Magda arrange a military funeral.

When Stevens met Magda at her home, he admired her art pieces because it reminded him of a magnificent collection he had recently seen in a tiny Catholic Church while in Cuenca, Ecuador, searching for old Spanish art.

The person in charge of the artwork, Father Krespi, showed Stevens a storeroom containing thousands of paintings, worth billions of dollars, stacked on their sides or rolled up as if they had been cut out of their frames.

Later, Stevens showed Magda slides he had taken of the artwork. Magda had been in Hitler's office many times and recognized a Raphael masterpiece that once hung behind Hitler's desk. She even spotted a piece that had been looted from her family's ancestral home in Bavaria. The entire collection was plunder from Europe.

After learning about the plastic surgery and comparing his photos of Father Krespi in the 80s to photos of Hitler in the 40s, Stevens soon became convinced of what Magda already knew -- Father Krespi was Hitler.

Father Krespi died in 1993. Over 2,000 people from around the world, including Stevens, attended the funeral. Soon thereafter, Krespi's priceless art collection was flown out of the country aboard two cargo jets. To this day, his white marble tomb is polished every week and lavished with flowers, paid for by anonymous donors.

Hitler was a diabolic egomaniac who presumed superiority over others. Suicide was never one of his options.

In a savage world populated by evil oppressors bent on ethnic or religious cleansing, anything is possible.

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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels, which are available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at bret@centurytel.net.