Führerhauptquartier Wolfsschanze (Wolf ’s Lair,) was the codename for Adolf Hitler’s World War II Eastern Front military headquarters at Gier- loz, Poland. It is one of the most sinister places in the region. The fortress is composed of 80 buildings, 50 of which are bunkers. Secrets of the Wolfsschanze have not been fully uncovered to this day. Among the Italian engineers who de- signed and built the headquarters was one Luigi Longo. He was injured during the construction and sent to a secret Nazi hos- pital in the Alps. There he met an old college buddy, now a top Italian officer, who was bound for Milan. Longo decided to join him, albeit unknown to his German hosts. He jumped the fence, and soon there- after was driving his friend’s car to Milan. There he found horrible news; a block away from his home, Luigi met another friend who told him that the Gestapo was look- ing for him. His wife and two sons had been captured and taken away, and an ambush was waiting for the Italian engineer. Only his oldest daughter was spared, because she was visiting relatives in the country. Longo also learned that the airplane carrying his Italian colleagues who had built Hitler’s headquarters in Poland (they were to receive awards from the Führer in Berlin) had blown up in the air. Those who knew the secrets of the Third Reich had to dis- appear... Longo knew that his life was in mortal danger. But then some unknown, mysterious friends warned his oldest daughter Maria and provided both with new documents. These benefactors arranged a secret passage to southern Italy. There, Longo and Maria were placed aboard a neutral ship bound to South America.
Maria Luisa Longo and his daughter arrived in South America. Their rescuers had provided the family with a letter of recommendation which helped the engineer find work in the hotel of a small, seaside town, and Maria became a maid at the hotel. Longo assumed that he was being assisted by the Italian Communist underground, though he was not a Communist himself. He expected that they would come to him to learn the secrets of the Wolfsschanze. Months went by, but no one came. In the spring of 1943 a yacht named Passim left the beautiful Bay of Arcachon in southwest France. Under the command of a seasoned sea wolf, Lieutenant Heinrich Garbers, it was sailing on a secret mis- sion to South America. Garbers was to transport and put ashore two Abwehr agents, a German and a Brazil- ian, in Cabo Frio, Brazil. After narrowly avoiding an Allied convoy coming through Gibraltar, the secret journey to Brazil took 49 days. Passim was renamed Maria Luisa and carried four agents to Brazil. The first group of Nazi spies was disembarked a few miles from the seaside town, while the other team was left in a desolate place. The next day two men, who introduced themselves as archaeologists from Canada, registered in the hotel. Both knew the local language well, but Maria, while cleaning the adjacent suite, heard them speaking. German to each other. The girl told her father, and he went to the police at once. Their documents were in order, but the police had secretly followed the archaeologists and sent inquiries to Canada. Longo wanted to leave the town with his daughter but the police convinced them to stay, for they needed those who would be able to interpret should the “Canadians” be arrested. The Italians were hidden in a local jail for their safety. The next night the “Canadian archaeologists” raided the local museum at night, but did not take anything. The following day they took their gear, left the town, and entered the jungle. There they began speak- ing German and produced German sub- machine guns from their bags. The deputy police chief, who had followed the two men with his policemen, decided the time to arrest them had come. The so-called archaeologists were detained. After brief interrogation, they revealed that they were actually officers of the Nazi Ahnenerbe Society.
The Reich’s Most Secret Organization The Ahnenerbe was founded by Heinrich Himmler, the nefarious SS leader, in 1935, for the purpose of proving the superiority of Germans through “scientific” experiments. Karl Maria Willigut was the most conspicuous person in the organization. He was known as an exceptional specialist in the field of black magic. He was called “Himmler’s Rasputin” due to his enormous influence on high-ranking Nazis. The Ahnenerbe had many branches which looked into subjects such as runic symbols, Scandinavian mythology, and pagan rituals, as well as international eso- teric and occult knowledge. It also conducted archaeological excavations and en- gaged in sometimes murderous and gruesome experiments and studies on real people in the Dachau and Auschwitz con- centration camps. Headed by Sigmund Rascher, German doctors murdered Jews, Germans, Russians, and Poles through freezing and high altitude experiments, and by poisoning them to collect their skulls. The Ahnenerbe had 50 different re- search branches which carried out more than 100 extensive research projects. During the war, archaeological expeditions were sent to occupied East European countries. The Ahnenerbe conducted similar operations in the occupied Soviet Union and North Africa, and they were also active in the Far East, mostly in Tibet. Ahnenerbe scientists worked to achieve victory for the Third Reich by uncovering the secrets of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry; by cracking occult mysteries and capturing “Atlantis artifacts.” Anything mystical or occult that could be turned into weapons for the Reich was game for the society and its scientists. Many of their interests ex- tended beyond pseudoscience into oc- cultism. One of the stranger institutes of the bizarre and irrational Ahnenerbe re- searched the Welteislehre (World Ice Theory) of Hans Hörbiger. This very odd the- ory proposed that there had been several moons in the past, and that the approach of these moons resulted in a polar shift and a cataclysmic Ice Age, which were responsible for the fall and rise of the various ancient races. Hörbiger died in 1931, but his theory was adopted by some occultists who used it to prove the existence of an ancient South American civilization with parallels to Atlantis. The mission of the captured Abwehr spies in South America was to find the so-called Skull of the Goddess of Death. The captured Nazi agents revealed infor- mation about other operatives, who were also arrested. They also told of their raid of the local museum where a crystal skull was located; they did not get the skull because it was hidden in a safe place. Crystal skulls were among the most mysterious finds of the 20th century. Some experts say that these skulls were made in Atlantis. The British explorer F. A. Mitchell- Hedges, who claimed that his young daugh- ter unearthed the most famous crystal skull in 1924, led an expedition in the ancient Mayan ruins of Lubaantum, in Belize, searching for evidence of Atlantis. If this was really so, then it is clear why the SS was so interested in them.
Battlefield Brazil Who were those mysterious friends of Longo’s who knew to send the German- speaking engineer to a seaside town in Brazil with a museum that contained a crystal skull? The Abwehr was the German military intelligence organization. Its chief, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, was later executed by the Nazis after a failed assassination attempt against Hitler. In 1943 several members of Abwehr became active in the resistance movement in Germany. The Abwehr tried to set up and operate espionage networks in Brazil; they were incredibly amateurish, according to Stanley E. Hilton in Hitler’s Secret War in South America. The Abwehr spies were finished off by American and Allied intelligence ef- forts within two years, by 1943. According to the FBI website, there were 300 Special Intelligence Service agents working throughout South America to thwart Axis espionage operations. Why would they need to use an escaped Italian engineer to capture Nazi agents? What of the Soviets? We know today that there was an extensive network of So- viet spies in California, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. Would they or the Italian Communists allow Longo to escape Europe and leave him alone in Brazil? Some other group of “friends,” who knew what was kept in the Brazilian sea- side museum, and future Nazi efforts to get it, had arranged for Longo’s escape to Cabo Frio. The so-called Mitchell-Hedges skull is made of clear quartz crystal, and both cranium and mandible are believed to have come from the same solid block (the skull had been carved against the natural axis of the crystal). It weighs 11.7 pounds and is about five inches high, five inches wide, and seven inches long. Except for slight anomalies in the temples and cheekbones, it is a virtually anatomically correct replica of a human skull. Because of its small size and other characteristics, it is thought more closely to resemble a female skull, and that is why some refer to the Mitchell-Hedges skull as a “she.” How the skull was found remains a controversy, but a number of people believe it possesses strange, super- natural powers. It is rare in the perfection of its design. The skull was in the posses- sion of Anna Mitchell-Hedges until she died recently. A number of other crystal skulls have been found and displayed in museums throughout the world as examples of ancient Mayan grinding technology. Some believe the skulls predate the Mayans, com- ing to us from Atlantis; others believe the skulls are typical of Mesoamerican art. One such skull was kept in the Brazilian museum, and an unknown force, a group of mysterious friends of Luigi Longo, obviously knew about it.
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