British spies chased Hitler's dead deputy
Tuesday 01 September 2009
The death of Martin Bormann, Adolf Hitler's private secretary, in the closing days of the Second World War did nothing to stop Britain's intelligence services following up years of spurious sightings in the aftermath of the conflict.
A secret MI5 file, released today, reveals how British spies expended considerable energy trying to track down the stockily built Nazi despite exasperated pleas from their bosses in London that he was dead. Among the claims pursued was an approach from the London correspondent of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, who told the Security Service he had been approached by Bormann in 1951 with a request to pass secret documents to the American government. Subsequent investigation established that the "Bormann" in question was in fact one Harry Adour, a part-time waiter from north London with a history of mental instability. A Special Branch report noted: "The man admitted he had posed as Bormann but said he couldn't explain why."
The drain on the resources of the intelligence services eventually provoked a demand from London that the pursuit of Bormann be stopped. One memo said Bormann "is currently being seen in Switzerland (the most persistent locale), Bolivia, Italy, Norway and Brazil – in the last country sitting in state on a high mountain beside his pallid Führer".
Bormann died beside a railway track on 1 May 1945, possibly after taking a cyanide pill.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...