This Week In History News, Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

Published February 1, 2019

Nazi conspiracy theory disproven, 1960s U.N. murderer unmasked, Hitler's North American holocaust plans uncovered, mystery of Alexander the Great's death perhaps solved.

DNA Disproves Conspiracy That Hitler’s Deputy Escaped Prison Using A Body Double

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Wikimedia CommonsRudolf Hess in court during the Nuremberg trials.

After more than 70 years, the conspiracy theory that Rudolf Hess was replaced by a body double in jail has been finally debunked by DNA, New Scientist reported.

The theory that leading Nazi member and Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess was replaced by a doppelgänger who subsequently stood trial for him at Nuremberg and lived out his jail sentence in Spandau, has warranted understandable consideration by such esteemed officials as Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But an Austrian doctor with a fortuitous sample of blood has been able to put these speculations to rest.

Read on here.

RAF Veteran Could Be Responsible For The 1961 Plane Crash Of U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammerskjold Crash

Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesOfficials search the crash site after the plane carrying Dag Hammarskjöld came down in September 1961.

Around midnight on Sept. 18, 1961, the plane of U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed over the jungles of present-day Zambia en route to a peacekeeping mission in the Congo, which had only recently been freed from Belgian control. 15 of the 16 passengers, including the Secretary-General, were killed.

The reasons for the crash were never fully clear and, although no one was ever formally accused, there were rumors of foul play. Now, nearly 60 years later, investigators involved in a documentary surrounding the case believe they have uncovered new evidence that links a Royal Airforce veteran to the Secretary-General’s sudden demise.

Next, learn about more about Dag Hammarskjöld.

Hitler-Owned Book Detailing Plans For North American Holocaust Comes To Light

Heinz Kloss Holocaust Report

Library and Archives CanadaThe 137-page report detailing North America’s Jewish population.

Library and Archives Canada recently acquired a 1944 book previously owned by Adolf Hitler that detailed the blueprint for a North American holocaust. The 137-page report, titled “Statistics, Media and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Cada,” was written by linguist and researcher Heinz Kloss, and focused on nationality and language to create a systematic census of the continent’s Jewish population.

The disturbing document was purchased last year for $4,500 and was only unveiled to the public last Saturday, one day prior to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, CNN reported.

Kloss did some serious research on North America’s Jewish population, curating a North American network of Nazi sympathizers and digging into Jewish newspapers and organizations throughout his visits to the U.S. in 1936 and 1937. With 1930s census data as the report’s foundation, Kloss’ goal was to collate Jewish-specific data, confirm the numbers, and contribute to Hitler’s genocidal efforts.

The report would’ve played “an important role” in transposing Hitler’s Final Solution to the North American continent if he managed to invade, argued Michael Kent, curator of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection that is preserving the document.

Dig deeper here.

New Theory On How Alexander The Great Died Suggests He Was Actually Alive Nearly A Week Following His “Death”

Alexander The Great's Death Tomb

How Alexander the Great died may finally be solved nearly 2 millennia later.

The death of Alexander the Great has flummoxed historians for millennia. The ancient Greeks marveled at how, six days after he was pronounced dead, the ancient king’s body didn’t decompose. His contemporaries ruled him a deity, but a new theory suggests that in reality, Alexander just wasn’t dead yet.

Dr. Katherine Hall, a senior lecturer at the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand, posits instead that though the ruler wasn’t really dead at first, he certainly appeared to be.

Next, discover more about the death of Alexander the Great.

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