WWII and the gruesome tactics carried out by the Third Reich will forever have a grasp on the world’s consciousness - both because the brutality exhibited by those German fascists was previously unimaginable, and because we have to remind ourselves that atrocities like the Holocaust could always happen again.
Directly after WWII, Europe fell into chaos as German officers were detained and people from internment camps tried to flee the countries where they were held. In that confusion, many Third Reich officials managed to get out of Europe through underground safety systems set up by the Catholic Church (called "ratlines"). Because of this escape system, there were a handful of German war criminals who were never caught. Some of those escaped Germans lived successful post-WWII lives, while others stayed on the run until the day they perished.
Most students of history know about all of the Nazis in South America. While it sounds like a conspiracy theory, the truth is that many Argentinian politicians at the time were German sympathizers and happy to help Third Reich officials live their lives in relative obscurity. But not all of those who were never apprehended lived in South America. Some of them were given jobs with British and American intelligence agencies, and others simply faded into history, where they became the stuff of rumor and legend.
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