The CIA investigated claims that a man who said he was Adolf Hitler was living in a community of ex-Nazis in the 1950s in Colombia, it has been revealed.
Declassified documents indicate that although agents did not take the claim seriously, they did receive a photo of the man who had a striking resemblance to the German dictator.
A former SS soldier, Phillip Citroen, approached CIA agents in 1954 and said that a man claming to be Hitler was living in the town of Tunja.
The document says: “Citroen claimed to have met this individual at a place called 'Residencies Coloniales' which is, according to the source, overly populated with former German Nazis.
“According to Citroen, the Germans residing in Tunja follow this alleged Adolf Hitler with an idolatry of the Nazi past, addressing him as Elder Fuhrer and affording him the Nazi Salute and storm-trooper adulation.”
Although the claims were written into an informal memo, the CIA dismissed it as a rumour.
There are a number of conspiracies surrounding Hitler’s death with the most prominent suggesting he lived out his life in Argentina.
Thousands of Nazis are believed to have fled to South America after the Second World War, including many senior members of Hitler's team.
Most historians do however believe that Hitler shot himself in the head in his bunker in Berlin while his wife Ava Braun killed herself with cyanide.
Their bodies were then doused in petrol and burned in a garden outside.