Nazis in Antarctica – The History of… in about 10 Min

In this video, we discuss the history of Nazi exploration into the antarctic. The video starts out with what we do know, that the germans sent an expedition to the antarctic in the mid-1930s on a ship called the Schwabenland. After that we expand into the possible escape of Adolf Hitler from Nazi Germany, the possible construction of a base called New Berlin and the possible discovery of alien tech or even aliens themselves. A great lot of fun for those interested in the occult and fringe conspiracy history of the nazis and Hitler.

The History of Nazis in Antarctica

Hello, my darlings. This is Chauncey from Radio Wasteland and tonight we’re going to cover the history of the Nazis in Antarctica… In about 10 Min.

I love Antarctica. I love the cold. I love the snow. I love winter and I love Christmas…. And, I love crazy conspiracy stories about the Nazis. I know. It’s weird to have “I love” and “the nazis” in the same sentence, but as a fan of horror, dystopian, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic fiction, I have to acknowledge that nazis are a great starting point to create one of these stories.

So mysteries of Antarctica has been a recent interest of mine so when I decided to look into the history, it was hard not to start at the Nazis.

Let’s Run down the basics. Here’s what we know. The premise that the Nazis established a secret base in Antarctica is not entirely crazy. It is based in an actual operation, an operation that we have solid proof happened, where the Nazis sent an expedition to Antarctica.

The Ship from the Nazi Expedition to Antarctica

In the summer of 1936, Hitler was completing a four-year plan where he was building up the German economy and military to prepare for war. Hitler, knowing war was imminent, possibly because he was starting them?, wanted to build up supplies just in case items couldn’t be acquired during the war.

One of these things was fats. Fats like butter and other dairy products, lard, cheese, bacon, detergents, candles, etc.

So Germany set its sights on the southern ocean for the fattiest of all sea fattys… whales. They started building factory whaling ships and took commercial whaling on the road.

The idea was to establish ownership of some land and routes for whaling. In August 1936, the German Foreign Office found some unclaimed territory in Antarctica between Norwegian and British zones and an expedition to explore and claim the region was off.

When the ship reached its destination it ran aerial reconnaissance and named it “Neu-Schwabenland” after the ship they arrived on. The aerial reconnaissance accomplished two things, to photograph the area for scientific research and cartography, and to claim it for Nazi Germany.

The Schwabenland expedition didn’t last long, they completed their work and left for home on February 5, 1939.

The Emblem of the Nazi German Antarctic Expedition

The funniest part for me is on one of the research flights the plane was running low on fuel and needed to lighten the plane so they could make it back to the ship. One of the things they had to throw out was boxes of tiny metal swastikas; boxes that were supposed to be dropped across that part of Antarctica the Nazis had claimed. And the swastikas were never recovered.

At first, when I heard this I thought, how funny that they sprinkled little signs of evil around Antarctica… then I realized that they didn’t… they dropped a box. And their plan really was what I thought was a joke. They really planned on sprinkling little signs on evil on their stuff to claim it”.

OK now in 1947 (2 years after Hitler’s reported death) Ladislas Szabo, a Hungarian exile in Argentina, proposed that the Schwabenland, the German ship from the expedition in 1938, had set up a base there.

The original “theory” was proposed in 1947 by Ladislas Szabo, a Hungarian exile in Argentina. He claimed that Hitler survived the war and that U-boats that docked in Argentina after the war had first dropped him off at a secret Nazi base.

He proposed that the Schwabenland, a German ship that sailed to Antarctica, had set up a base there.

From here the concept expanded quite drastically.

As the story expands the evidence gets further and further between, But I have to admit some is in the form of news clippings, and I’m a sucker for news clippings… but I’m not sure if they’re real news clippings.

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler
Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler

It expands to the long-held idea that Adolf Hitler did not commit suicide in his a bunker in Berlin in 1945 with his love secretary Eva Brawn, but was able to escape via submarine.

But why would people think that Hitler was still alive? Well, this is because of a few important quotes from some very famous, infamous, and influential people.

After the end of the war. In 1952, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was quoted as saying: “We have been unable to unearth not one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler’s death. Many people believe that Hitler escaped from Berlin.”

New Schwabenland

Stalin’s top army officer, Marshall Gregory Zhukov, whose troops were the first to enter Berlin, stated 1945: “We have found no corpse that could be Hitler’s.”

The chief of the U.S. trial counsel at Nuremberg, Thomas J. Dodd, said: “No one can say he is dead.”

And Former Secretary of State Jimmy Byrnes in his book, Frankly Speaking, stated that, after the war, at the Potsdam Conference of the Big Four, he met Stalin, who “left his chair, came over, and clinked his liquor glass with mine in a very friendly manner. I said to him: ‘Marshal Stalin, what is your theory about the death of Hitler?’ Stalin re­plied: ‘He is not dead. He escaped either to Spain or Argentina.’ ”

So some people now think as many as a quarter-million Nazis, Maybe even Hitler, escaped in U-boats from Germany in the last days of World War II. And guess where they think they went? That’s right the secret Nazi Base set up in Antarctica…. And some say Argentina.

An easy argument is that if so many Nazi officers and criminals, like Adolf Eichmann or Joseph Mengele, were able to escape from Germany, who’s to say that Hitler couldn’t have set up a plan to get out to? It was known that Hitler, like many dictators, used doubles.

In the 1930s early Nazi party members were already infatuated with the idea that the earth was hollow. Not only hollow but also inhabited by a superior race based on a Russian occultist, philosopher, and author, Madame Blavatsky’s theories.

And of course, if the race is superior, high up Nazis had to think that they were related.

During the Nuremberg Trial, Admiral Karl Doenitz (a German admiral during the Nazi era who briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as the German head of state) stated: “The German submarine fleet has even now established an earthly paradise, an impregnable for­tress, for the Fuhrer, in whatever part of the world.”

The admiral didn’t specify where exactly, but the assumption is that it was Antarctica.

After the war, Nazi sympathizer Ernst Zundel claimed that Hitler and a trusted group of men had been able to escape aboard a ship in which they entered the Earth through a hole at the South Pole. Inside the Earth, Nazi scientists worked to build a new army with which to take over the world. An army that could count on revolutionary round, flying vehicles: UFOs.

Secret Expedition to Antarctica

Another thing believers site is the Nazi’s agreeing to The Antarctic Treaty. The treaty makes Antarctica a research zone and states that Antarctica. They feel that the agreement might have been to keep people from finding out more about it. But I find this a little to vague.

So now the story gets even vaguer. But to me vague is where things really get interesting.

The further expanded theory is that the initial expedition, or at least follow up expeditions by the Nazis to Antarctica sent warships and submarines and tons of equipment. Large enough to include scientists, military and construction crews.

During their exploration of the area, they discovered a network of underground caves. Complete with a geothermal heated lake. There is where they supposedly build a massive base called New Berlin.

But it doesn’t stop there. In further exploration of the antarctic, they discover extraterrestrial technology or maybe even meet aliens. The aliens suspected vary from the greys to reptilians.

At this point, they learn to use or recreate alien tech and spaceships.

And finally, the end of the theory is that the antarctic dwelling Nazis end goal is a New World order or a Fourth Reich.

Map of Antarctica
Map of Antarctica

So that’s it that’s the theory. Another small bit of news that at least supports the idea that Nazis set up an antarctic base is that in 2016 Russian scientists found a secret arctic base including documents, and artifacts, bullets, and bunkers, that were used as a tactical weather station. But it’s end is not so elaborate, It had to be evacuated when its inhabitants ate spoiled meat and became sick.

Ultimately the theory is very refuted by mainstream scientists and archeologists. Colin Summerhayes, a geologist and oceanographer with the Scott Polar Research Institute, and Peter Beeching, a journalist, and historian specializing in international affairs published “Hitler’s Antarctic Base: The Myth and the Reality.” in 2006. A peer-reviewed study of evidence about Antarctica’s geography and weather, the history of polar exploration, and all the relevant countries’ declassified files.

But I know what I believe and what I want to believe, and while they may not always agree with each other I like to believe them both at the same time.

What do you believe on this one? Are there antarctic Nazis waiting to take over the world with alien tech?