Hitler and the Nazis were among the most evil people the world has ever seen, their acts so disturbing they're almost unbelievable. Here are some of the weirdest theories about the shady activities of history's worst villains…
1. Hitler was possessed by the Devil
Some feel the crimes and atrocities committed by the Nazis on Adolf Hitler’s orders were far too wicked to have been conceived by a human. What if they were at the mercy of an even darker power?
The Vatican’s chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth believes “the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler did…Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil.”
During the Second World War, Pope Pius XII actually attempted a long distance exorcism of Hitler, but it had no effect.
The dictator was also believed to be fascinated by holy relics, thinking they could help win the war. Reports say he was particularly taken with the Spear of Longinus, the lance with which a Roman soldier supposedly drew the blood of Jesus while he was on the cross. Legend says whoever possesses the spear gains immense magical powers. An eyewitness said Hitler was overcome with ecstasy whenever he laid eyes on it.
2. The Nazis built a UFO
One of the many theories surrounding the 1947 ‘UFO’ crash in Roswell, New Mexico, is that the American government were testing alien UFO technology seized from the Nazis after the war.
But how did the Nazis get it in the first place? Some theorists believe a disc-shaped craft crash landed in the German countryside in 1937. When the army alerted the German High Command, Hitler ordered the remains be salvaged and studied.
The Nazis apparently then began working on circular aircraft based on this technology in an effort to achieve victory in Europe. Around this time British and American soldiers reported several sightings of flying saucers in the skies.
One of the most famous ‘secret projects’ was Die Glocke, or ‘The Bell’, a wingless aircraft shaped like a massive church bell, with a motor so powerful it supposedly caused inter-dimensional rips in the fabric of time and space. The Bell, and other Nazi UFOs are believed to be stored safely beneath the ice in Antarctica.
3. Hitler escaped to South America
Another rumour to emerge in the last few decades is that Hitler didn’t actually commit suicide with his wife Eva Braun in 1945 as the Russian army advanced on his Berlin bunker.
Instead, what if he escaped capture in Berlin and fled to South America? Many other key Nazi war criminals ran to South America to avoid justice, and conspiracy theorists believe there is ‘evidence’ to suggest their leader arrived on the coast of Argentina in August 1945, three months after the German army surrendered.
The dictator supposedly lived out the rest of his days in peace and quiet, making a home for himself in the Argentinian mountains and even raising two daughters before dying an old man in 1962.
Not only have photos emerged showing an man old man enjoying the Argentinian sun who looks like an elderly Hitler, some even believe the FBI knew he was in South America and simply allowed him to stay there.
4. The Nazis had a secret base on the moon
What if Neil Armstrong wasn’t the first man to walk on the moon in 1969? What if in fact, the Nazis got there first, nearly three decades earlier?
Building on the rumours of Nazi UFOs, this theory holds that the Third Reich’s space programme was so advanced Hitler was actually able to send his astronauts on top secret missions to the moon as early as 1942.
These astro-Nazis were tasked with mining for minerals and setting up facilities for a top-secret base, which would give them a military advantage over the Allies.
Some even believe the Nazis offered the use of their facilities to both the Russians and Americans during the 1950s. Some of the more bizarre claims include the idea the Nazis have been controlling the world’s tides for the last 60 years, and they have built a laser beam powerful enough to strike targets on Earth.