Hunting Hitler

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Hunting Hitler
GenreReality
Directed byJeffrey R. Daniels
Clint Lealos
Narrated byDave Hoffman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes25 (+2 special episodes)
Production
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Karga 7 Pictures
Release
Original networkHistory Channel
Original release10 November 2015 –
19 February 2018

Hunting Hitler is a History Channel television series based on the hypothetical premise that if Adolf Hitler escaped from the Führerbunker in Berlin at the end of World War II, how might he have done so and where might he have gone.[1] The show was conceived due to the recent declassification of FBI documents exploring whether Hitler might still be alive in the late 1940s.[2]

The original idea of the show was to investigate the claims to learn why they were made and whether surviving Nazis—particularly any of Hitler's right-hand men—escaped in a manner consistent with the loosely reported sightings made to the U.S. government. The second season expanded the sources for research to declassified documentation from the CIA, MI6, and Argentinian, Russian and German authorities. A third season follows an asset mapping strategy in an attempt to zero in on an escape route.[3] The History Channel cancelled Hunting Hitler after 3 seasons on March 6, 2018.

Reception[edit]

The show has been criticized by Variety for "capitalizing on the American public's fascination with Hitler to produce a show based on a theory, while providing no evidence to substantiate the theory."[4][5][6]

Investigative team[edit]

  • Bob Baer — Former CIA Operative
  • Dr. John Cencich — Former International War Crimes Investigator, Professor, and Criminologist
  • Nada Bakos — Former Terrorist Targeting Officer
  • Tim Kennedy — U.S. Army Special Forces Operator and Former MMA Fighter
  • James Holland — WWII Historian
  • Mike Simpson — Medical Doctor, Airborne Ranger, and Special Forces Operator
  • Gerrard Williams — Investigative Journalist and Historian
  • Lenny DePaul — Former Commander U.S. Marshals
  • Steve Rambam — Private Investigator and Nazi Hunter

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 8 November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10) December 29, 2015 (2015-12-29)
2 8 November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15) January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)
3 8 January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02) February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
11"The Hunt Begins"November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10)N/A
Armed with 700 pages of recently declassified FBI documents, twenty-one year CIA veteran Bob Baer and war crimes investigator Dr. John Cencich begin a worldwide investigation into what might have happened to Adolf Hitler at the end of WWII had he survived the bunker. First stop on their hunt is a small town in Argentina with mysterious Nazi ties where an FBI report places Hitler residing three-and-a-half months after he was believed dead.
22"Secret Nazi Lair"November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)N/A
Tim Kennedy, US Army Special Forces, joins archeologists Philip Kiernan and Daniel Schavelzon to explore a mysterious Nazi complex deep in the jungles of Argentina. The three-building site yields a trove of Nazi artifacts as well as evidence of a structure of unexplained opulence. Lenny DePaul, former US Marshal, begins an investigation in Berlin to determine if Hitler could have faked his death.
33"Escape From Berlin"November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)N/A
Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich expand their investigation as to how Adolf Hitler could have escaped Berlin under siege. One of the world's foremost death claims investigator Steven Rambam and Nazi profiler and historian Gerrard Williams join Tim Kennedy to investigate a site that the FBI reported that Hitler used to disembark from a U-boat in Argentina. Lenny DePaul uncovers an escape route from Hitler's bunker in Berlin to nearby Tempelhof Airport, where multiple Nazi airplanes took off under the cover of darkness.
44"The Tunnel"December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)N/A
Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich continue their investigation into the death of Adolf Hitler by sending teams into three countries: Germany, Spain, and Argentina. Lenny DePaul and Sascha Keil find a never before discovered tunnel leading from Hitler's bunker directly to Tempelhof Airport where Hitler's personal plane awaited. Tim Kennedy joins a team of elite marine archeologists to search for a possible German U-Boat off the coast of Argentina. Lenny joins Gerrard Williams to investigate if Hitler could have arrived in Spain and remained hidden with the help of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
55"Ratlines"December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)N/A
Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich send Lenny DePaul and Gerrard Williams to Spain, where they investigate a remote monastery that could have been a hiding place for Nazis and uncover an eyewitness that places Hitler living within those very walls. Further investigation leads the team to a mysterious German plane landing and nearby Nazi communication devices deep in Spain. Tim Kennedy prepares to dive for what could be a sunken German U-Boat off the coast of Argentina. Ultimately the team is led to the Canary Islands, where they uncover a possible Enigma machine and tunnels used to supply German U-boats with torpedoes.
66"Hitler's Safehouse"December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)N/A
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The manhunt for Adolf Hitler finds Lenny DePaul and Gerrard Williams deep in the Canary Islands, where secret tunnels and a massive German compound may have supplied everything from weapons to a medical facility along Hitler's potential journey to South America. As the investigation pushes further into Argentina, Tim Kennedy infiltrates a German town known for harboring Nazis after the war. When Gerrard uncovers a mysterious, isolated mansion that could have housed Hitler, the team devises a stealth recon mission with high consequences for failure.
77"Friends in High Places"December 22, 2015 (2015-12-22)N/A
Following declassified FBI files, Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich uncover Hitler's potential next moves in Argentina, where a close confidant of the Fuhrer operated a mysterious hotel. The team investigates the now-defunct resort and discovers an eyewitness placing Hitler at the location as well as mysterious hidden passageways. Tim Kennedy and Gerrard Williams travel to a small coastal town in Brazil, where the FBI files reported Hitler and Eva Braun attended an exclusive ballet performance near a mysterious high-tech communications tower.
88"Hitler's Plane"December 29, 2015 (2015-12-29)N/A
After tracking Hitler's attempts to return to power through wealthy supporters in Argentina and Brazil, Bob Baer and Dr. John Cencich hit the ground in South America to tackle their biggest lead yet. An FBI report places Hitler in Colombia after unloading from a plane. Bob and John identify the marsh where they believe this plane was hidden, and gain unprecedented access to use state-of-the-art side-scan sonar to locate what could be the Nazi plane that shuttled Hitler to within 2,000 miles of the United States.

Season 2 (2016–2017)[edit]

In Season Two evidence for further research was expanded beyond the declassified FBI documentation used in the first season to declassified documentation from the CIA, MI6, and Argentinian, Russian and Germany authorities.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
91"The Hunt Continues"November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)N/A
Bob Baer and John Cencich return with new experts and new technology to examine Hitler’s possible escape from every angle. Armed with 14,000 declassified files from international intelligence agencies, the team opens new lines of inquiry in their investigation that spans thousands of miles. They return to Berlin, where Lenny DePaul and Sascha Keil discover an unknown fifth exit from Hitler’s Fuhrerbunker. Knowing that Hitler had access to another way out of the bunker, they begin investigating areas that could have served as a makeshift runway out of Berlin. Meanwhile, Tim Kennedy and Alasdair Brooks, historical archaeologist, reunite with Daniel Schavelzon at the mysterious Nazi lair in Misiones, Argentina. They discover a new building that could be more than just a hideout–it could be a military compound!
102"The Compound"November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)N/A
Bob and John's dual investigation continues in Europe and Argentina. While investigating makeshift runways as an escape from Berlin by air, the team finds reason to believe Hitler would have had a stopping point on the way to Spain. Following files that place Hitler in Denmark after the war, Lenny and James Holland head to Denmark, where they investigate an airstrip and a massive bunker system and meet with local experts to uncover Hitler's possible escape route. Still deep in the jungles of Misiones, Argentina, Tim and Alasdair unearth clue after clue that could make this area a Nazi militarized compound. Terraced structures, man-made walls and defensible outposts all point to a heavily guarded area--perfectly set up to protect a high value Nazi target.
113"Eyewitness Accounts"November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)N/A
Bob and John's investigation leads them to Northern Spain, where a declassified document shows Hitler and a close associate, Leon Degrelle, could have moved from Denmark to San Sebastian, Spain. James Holland and Mike Simpson hit the ground in Spain, where they discover several eye witnesses, a satellite of the Third Reich, and what could be a Nazi communications center. The South American team is in Misiones, Argentina, where they are able to speak with a living relative of Herman Goering. The team uncovers another eyewitness in the area, who claims his father worked for Martin Bormann, Hitler's right-hand man, after the end of the war. Because Bormann was believed dead in 1945, this bombshell lead could open a whole new path of the investigation.
124"The Web"December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)N/A
While following leads on a Nazi escape network, the teams in Southern Spain and Northern Argentina both make discoveries of vast tunnel systems in the mountains.
135"The Factory"December 13, 2016 (2016-12-13)N/A
Bob and John's investigation continues in Spain, Morocco and Argentina. The teams look into Hitler's possible escape route while uncovering a plan for a Nazi 4th Reich.
146"The Secret Island"December 20, 2016 (2016-12-20)N/A
Digging deeper into reports about the Fourth Reich, Bob and John send the team to a rumored weapons testing site in Germany, and a mysterious deserted island in Argentina that could have housed nuclear facilities with Nazi ties after the war.
157"Unmarked Graves"December 27, 2016 (2016-12-27)N/A
With Peron toppled from power, Hitler and Bormann could have been forced to flee Argentina. Following leads from declassified files, Bob and John send their teams into Chile and Paraguay to investigate Hitler's whereabouts if he were forced to escape.
168"Nazi Colony"January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)N/A
Bob and John have followed hundreds of international declassified files all the way from Berlin to Chile, where they now investigate a secretive German community with reported Nazi ties. Inside the compound they find clues pointing to the potential forming of a Fourth Reich.

Season 3 (2017–2018)[edit]

In Season Three further evidences of weapon of mass destruction have been revealed.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
170[7]"Anatomy of a Manhunt"December 26, 2017 (2017-12-26)N/A
Bob Baer and his team of elite investigators offer an inside look at the definitive investigation into the true fate of Adolf Hitler. Along with exclusive previews of the next stage of the investigation, they share their most explosive evidence and explain the strategies and methods they're using to crack the greatest cold case in modern history.
181[8]"The Final Hunt Begins"January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)N/A
Bob Baer recruits one of the world's most foremost terrorist targeting officers, Nada Bakos. Enacting a new hunting strategy so effective its lead to the capture of Osama bin Laden, the team uncovers two planned escape routes for Hitler out of Germany, one to the North and one South. Along the southern route, Tim and James discover a vast tunnel system under Hitler's home. Up north, Lenny and Gerrard investigate a massive Nazi compound hiding under the perfect cover.
192[9]"Clandestine Cache"January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)N/A
Lenny and Gerrard make a startling discovery in a sabotaged aircraft hangar in northern Germany. Mike and James scan an Austrian lake in search for a large cache of secret Nazi documents.
203[10]"Nuclear Nazi Weapons"January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)N/A
In Norway, Tim and Gerrard explore a hydroelectric plant where the Nazis were dangerously close to producing a nuclear weapon. Mike and James investigate a cabin high in the Austrian Alps where Hitler’s top associate made the ultimate sacrifice.
214[11]"150 Feet Below"January 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)N/A
At the bottom of an Arctic fjord in Norway, Tim dives on Nazi relics that may blow the case wide open. Mike and James encounter a smuggler who leads them to Nazi castle on the Italian border.
225[12]"Dead Drops"January 30, 2018 (2018-01-30)N/A
Mike and James excavate the grounds of a remote Alpine hotel in search of buried Nazi dead drops. In Rome, Lenny and Gerrard make a shocking discovery that implicates some of the world’s most powerful people.
236[13]"Lurking Beneath the Surface"February 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)1.65[14]
At a lagoon in Uruguay, Tim and Mike uncover evidence of a long-range seaplane that was shuttling Nazis all around the continent. In Buenos Aires, Tim and Gerrard convince an informant to share a massive cache of explosive documents that could unravel the clandestine global Nazi network known as “Die Spinne.”
247[15]"Target: United States"February 13, 2018 (2018-02-13)N/A
On the trail of “The Angel of Death,” Tim and Mike investigate a key Nazi support point in Uruguay; Rincón del Bonete dam. Mike and Lenny review newly declassified Chilean files that reveal a secret plot to attack the United States.
258[16]"Hitler's Last Will"February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)N/A
Tim and Gerrard discover a mysterious militarized Nazi compound deep in the jungle of Paraguay. Mike and Lenny explore a Nazi concentration camp in Chile before an anonymous source leads them to Hitler’s Last Will and Testament. The team makes a shocking discovery of a positively identified and validated 4th microfilm copy of Hitler's Last Will and Testament from the anonymous source. Bob Baer presents the completed case files and presents the evidence of the escape routes and networks that Hitler might have used to a Former FBI Investigator and personal friend. The case is presented in order to determine whether the evidence is enough to make the 75 year old cold case reopen.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Anderson, John (10 November 2015). "One Industry That Capitalizes On America's Hitler Fascination". Fortune. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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  13. ^ "Watch Lurking Beneath the Surface Full Episode - Hunting Hitler - HISTORY". History.com. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
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