Doubles  Hitler

"The Strange Death of Adolph Hitler"

April 30, 2010

By Henry Makow Ph.D.
This is the title of a curious book published in 1939 that claims Hitler was poisoned and died shortly before the Munich Conference in March 1938. The book is written by the "double" who replaced him, a lookalike translator named Max Bauer.

The premise is absurd! Hitler's double writes a book: "Help! I'm being held hostage playing a dead dictator." They would have killed him at once.

I don't believe that an impersonator could have played Hitler.  I can't imagine an actor facing down Hitler's generals or captivating a nation with his speeches. Or spending endless hours regurgitating his philosophies and experiences to his inner circle. I can't imagine the secret being kept.
Nonetheless, we should be aware of this curiosity of a book. It has been reprinted recently. In spite of its realistic portrayal of the Nazi era and some major players, it has received virtually no attention.

I think of history as theater, so I admit I found this book intriguing. I am always on the lookout for the hand of Illuminati. Didn't find much evidence of that here, but there were other rewards.


Max Bauer claims he was mistaken for Hitler and arrested in 1933, just before Hitler became Chancellor.  The Nazis soon recognized his value as a doppelganger and gave him full access to the Fuhrer, better to substitute for him.

The book provides an excellent description of the events leading up to the purge of SA Chief Ernst Roehm, and the "Night of the Long Knives" itself. The SA consisted of almost two million men. They had helped Hitler attain power and they demanded a role in Hitler's Germany. They also demanded a "second revolution," the social reforms Hitler had promised them.

However, by this time, Hitler was in the pockets of the Junkers and industrialists., the "reacktion." The army saw the SA as a threat and didn't want anything to do with Roehm. Bauer recounts many arguments between Roehm and Hitler, who evidently had been lovers. He describes how Goebbels pretended to support Roehm in order to make him act more rashly.

Finally the "reaktion" resolved to eliminate Roehm and his allies. Bauer accompanied Hitler to the summer resort where Roehm and his lieutenants were apprehended in homosexual embrace. Bauer claims he shot Roehm himself, on Hitler's orders, through the door bars of his cell. Roehm was incredulous that Hitler would betray him.

Bauer says more than 900 people were killed in this purge, not the 77 reported. Former Chancellor Von Schleicher  and his wife were gunned down by the SS in their home for conspiring against the regime.

Bauer claims there were many attempts on Hitler's life, and that he once took a bullet for him. The supposedly successful attempt involved poisoning Hitler's  omelet with an "organic poison" which had no antidote. It was provided by a Jewish chemist who had returned from exile in Peru. Hitler died with words "Gelli" and "Mutte" (niece and mother) on his lips.

Curiously, the poisoners melded in with the core group of Nazis running the "double." They were not really opposed to Nazi aims. Perhaps they just needed a more amenable actor.


A fascinating subplot involves Bauer's love affair with Ulrica, the beautiful young wife of an important Nazi diplomat named Erik Von Arnheim. She bore Bauer two sons. Bauer is quite candid about how he betrayed her love and used her.

She had been named "Miss Germania" the symbol of German woman and motherhood. This is an example of Joseph Goebbel's propaganda and the cynical reality behind it.

As Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels controlled all artistic expression in Nazi Germany. As such, the little clubfoot sexually exploited every actress and singer. When he demanded sex from Ulrica's sister, Herta Fuchs, also a singer, her husband threatened to expose him.

Goebbels had the young man put in a concentration camp. He made a bargain with Herta. Sex or your husband will be tortured. She acceded. He didn't keep his word.

When Von Arnheim expressed disgust, Bauer decided to report him secretly, so he could have Ulrica to himself. Von Arnheim was incarcerated. But Goebbels turned the tables on Bauer.  Goebbels would reveal Bauer's love affair to Hitler unless Bauer convinced "Miss Germania" to service him.

She did it out of misguided love for Bauer; then she committed suicide.
Bauer, a pig, only lamented the loss of the sex.

Hitler needed Von Arnheim for diplomatic missions. He was rehabilitated but later was instrumental in poisoning Hitler.


Bauer claimed he was abused by the Nazi inner circle that managed him, and often contemplated suicide.
He claimed he wrote the book so that his true identity would not be lost to posterity. The publisher, the now defunct "Macaulay Company," claimed they checked his facts and were satisfied.

I don't accept the main premise of this book. But its portrayals of Hitler and Nazi Germany are captivating. "The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler" deserves to be better known. 

List of the victims of in the "Nights of the Long Knives", 29-30 June 1934, ("Nacht der langen Messer" or "Blood Purge")

Comments for ""The Strange Death of Adolph Hitler""

Alcuin said (May 1, 2010):

Comment from Alcuin Bramerton:

Many of the high-status British agents of the German Nazi-continuum Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst (DVD Dachau) were recruited by the Hugh Trevor-Roper DVD cell at Oxford University. Trevor-Roper (Baron Dacre of Glanton) was a prominent English modern historian specialising in the Nazi period.


In recent decades, Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst activities in and around the constitutionally illegal Washington DC private corporation have been headed-up by Henry Kissinger and George Bush Snr, both of whom are now deteriorating clone-clusters. Their sleeper cells at the Camp David clone labs in Maryland may soon be turned off.


It has emerged recently that Trevor-Roper worked as a double agent for the German Abwehr. He was active at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg (1945-1949) providing obfuscation and false histories to enable the covert escape of senior Nazi operatives and scientists, including Adolph Hitler, from Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The escaping Nazis were secreted into the American military-industrial complex or into American controlled locations in South America and Antarctica.


More current context here:


Lois said (May 1, 2010):

As for the propaganda we had been fed on that infamous day where Hitler and Braun/Hitler supposedly suicided.... My findings are thus: As always doubles were used and dental records swapped (usual details taken into careful considerations.) Eva explicitly ordered her hairdresser to be extra careful that every detail be used into making her look her loveliest as she was going to get married. Actually, she was going to take a very long trip. This trip would be in a sub-marine and it would be going to Argentina...compliments of our own SS (former CIA) and she wanted to look her best for the journey.

One sub-marine has never been accounted to this day.

Hitler lived well into his 90's and Eva made it up to her later 60's.

These are my conclusions from so many reports and readings I have come across thruout the years. Do what you wish with the information...either more research or file it in 13...makes no difference to me.

Paul said (May 1, 2010):

The use of doubles is a longstanding policy. However, the techniques and technology involved have undergone a rather radical evolution. At the time one speaks of (1938) the use of natural human chance-lookalike was likely still the only effective method for most purposes. However, it was at around this time that the use of increasingly high quality clones began to be used. Today, may, if not most, leading international statesmen have at least one clone in use, while the original template is often terminated as being less than ideally suited to top-level objectives. Given this, one might quicly surmise that the naturally occurring double in this case might himself not have had a very long shelf-life.

Some information about one contemporary set of such clones is referenced at

Ed said (May 1, 2010):

Dr. Makow:

Regarding the story about Hitler's supposed double, Max Bauer, I don't think a story like this is beyond the realm of possibility. I would recommend reading Robert A. Heinlein's science fiction novel /Double Star/, which won the Hugo Award in (I think) 1956.

GB said (May 1, 2010):

Its interesting that the authors name is Bauer which is the original name of the Rothschild family. Especially due to Hitlers alleged connection to the Rothschilds.

Frank said (May 1, 2010):

Henry, re your article on Hitler's "death" you are right to be suspicious. I know of no one who's done any reading at all who accepts the official version much less nine-tenths of the unofficial versions.

NEXUS Magazine (Australia) did an important multi-part series of the official version of Hitler's demise. I believe most of the articles are now available at their free download page:

Whatever "really happened"?

I had an uncle in US Army special forces who spoke fluent German and told me in 1955, when I was 5, that EVERYTHING about the last four or five months of WWII, including Hitler's bunker charade and suicide, was a lie. Nearly everything the old boy told me already has or is being proved right.

It was Joseph Farrell & Henry Stevens who pointed out this nugget: The main trouble with Hitler's "death" is that it took the USSR and the Allies TEN YEARS to agree on the official story. That business I recall vividly: The men's adventure magazines of the 1950s were full of speculation and sighting stories of Adolf and where he might have ended up.

But after the Security States of the USSR and the West agreed on their "facts" the rumors died. Till they were reborn in Australia fifty years later...

Henry Makow is the author of A Long Way to go for a Date. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He welcomes your feedback and ideas at