UFOs and Antarctic Bases – A Realistic Appraisal


by  Ernst Zundel

This article was written more than ten years ago – before Ernst Zundel’s political kidnapping and subsequent incarcerations in six prisons in three countries on two continents for his politically incorrect ways.

Those who know my husband personally know that he has many interests and talents beyond the one for which he was abducted and for which he is internationally known – the one that cannot now be mentioned on fear of life and limb in Europe!

I’ll let you guess what that is.

Instead, let’s talk of esoteric Zundel hobbies.

For one, Ernst kept a vivid interest in World War II technology inside the Third Reich – including “Flying Saucers”. When I showed him the pravda.ru write-up which I had pulled from the Net, we both had a good laugh, and Ernst, in a flamboyant mood, dashed off the following while sitting on our deck, enjoying the Tennessee sunshine:

I consider this a garbled account about the Third Reich’s best-kept secret weapons research and development – circular flying craft, commonly called UFOs.

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The article gives one an insight into the state of the mind of at least a segment of the Russian reading public, when one sees newspaper stories of this type, which mix pure speculation, propaganda tales of World War II and weird, far-fetched occult themes with the serious side of cutting edge technology.

There is also the usual misspelling of names, incomplete titles etc., and one wonders what original sources the authors consulted for this rather incredible tale.

Nonetheless, the goofy essay merits comment.

I believe I can claim at least some familiarity with the UFO topic, having authored and published some small booklets on Nazi UFOs in the late ’60s and early ’70s – before I was forced by Germany’s enemies to tackle [a politically sensitive topic] , which put an end to my youthful fascination and explorations of the esoteric.

This political derailing of my life caused me to become a serious activist and made me dedicate my life to the clearing of my people’s and country’s reputation by debunking an untrue accusation. Had my enemies left me alone, who knows what flights of fancy might I have indulged in instead? 🙂

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Seriously, I personally corresponded with and interviewed some of the German UFO researchers in the 1960s still alive then, including Rudolf Lusar, post-war Germany’s most famous author on German secret weapons in World War II.

Nobody ever told me about a secret project code-named “Base 211”, although some, who were aircraft engineers – one attached to Hermann Göring’s Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium, was personally present when one of those circular crafts, being tethered to a concrete floor of a large aircraft hangar and propulsion-tested in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, broke its moorings and shot through the ceiling, damaging it and the aircraft severely.

I can say with certainty that advanced research, production and flight testing were definitely going on during World War II of these circular flying craft, some which could reach incredible heights very quickly and obtain high speeds in horizontal flight – well in excess of the speed of sound.

Some of the sanest descriptions of German secret weapons can be found in the bestselling books of Lusar, who was an aircraft engineer and whose books went through several printings in the 1950s and 1960s. The German title was “Deutsche Geheimwaffen des II. Weltkrieges und ihre Weiterentwicklung.” (German Secret Weapons And Their Continuing Development) At least one English translation was published in London at the time.

In a similar vein, the American Air Force’s Air Technical Intelligence Chief, a general named Simon, published a hardcover book about Nazi Secret Weapons he and his team had inspected and tested in the 1960s with a small publishing house called WE Inc., based in Connecticut. It is full of astonishing photos and rich in technical details.

When I spoke to the publisher, who had ordered some of the UFO books published by me, he said: “Very interesting, Zündel, but you have only scratched the surface!”

One more very interesting source was a mass-circulation book published in England and America, titled “Intercept But Don’t Shoot!” by Renato Vesco, who is alleged to have been Benito Mussolini’s Air Technical Intelligence Chief during World War II. Vesco lists an incredible number of sources, among them whole sets of declassified British intelligence and engineering assessments of German research projects, including weird alloys, completely new metals and Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, all tried and tested by the Germans. In the 1970s, it was obtainable from the Queen’s Printer in London.

As to German Antarctic explorations – there was at least one publicly known German Antarctic expedition undertaken by the Third Reich in 1938 before the war broke out. The documentation is replete with lots of maps, flying courses, black-and-white photographs and even a color photo section.

The title is “Die deutsche antarktische Expedition 1938”, published by the Safari Verlag. The book itself is long out of print – at least since 1945. However, the negatives of the aerial photos taken by the expedition and some newsreel film footage survived World War II and can be seen at Hamburg’s famous Hydrographic Institute.

The serious British publisher, W.R.D. McLaughlin, published a book after the war called German Antarctic Raiders, which is about German naval activity in the Antarctic in World War II.

In the 1970s, a film documentary appeared about the German Antarctica expedition on prime time German TV, which included filmed interviews of some of the actual participants of that expedition. This expedition team surveyed and mapped large areas and took soil, water and ice samples. It charted the Antarctic waters and air currents. It left behind hundreds of Swastika flags driven into the Antarctic snow and more hundreds of flags air-dropped to lay proper explorers’ rights of possession to that terrain. All of this is documented in the above mentioned book.

This expedition claimed officially for Germany a clearly defined geographic area of the Antarctic Continent and named warm water lakes and mountain ranges they discovered you can read about and find on any map put out by the National Geographic Society, for instance. This claim is presently recorded in the Antarctica Gazetteer No. 14, available from the United States Board on Geographic Names.

There even exists a German Antarctic Foundation which, through its various chapters around the world, keeps alive Germany’s rightful claim to the area, known as Neu-Schwabenland – and trust me, I had nothing to do with the selection of that name, even though I am a proud, full-blooded Swabian. I was born in 1939!

Thus, Germany is far larger than the chopped-up, politically truncated, demonically maligned little piece of real estate in the very heart of Europe the Allies left behind after their defeat of Hitler. Germany’s Antarctic claim, never challenged, is three times the size of pre-World War II Germany. Many of its highest, Alp-like mountains as well as lakes and glaciers are named after those wicked Nazi crew and expedition members. Horrors!

In the 1990s I interviewed an American publisher and author from Florida who publishes a magazine, called Sharkhunters, devoted largely to WWII submarines with lots of famous U-Boat aces as contributors. He told a fascinating story, which I broadcast on my satellite show, The Voice of Freedom. He claims that he had, indeed, come across maps and photographs of German Antarctic bases in World War II in the Chilean and Argentine naval archives, one based in Tierra del Fuego, accommodating approximately 8,000 men.

One Japanese national TV program invited me to Princeton University in the middle 1990s where I was interviewed for hours and where some of my unpublished material was filmed. This television program was then enhanced with computer-generated, brilliantly done Nazi flying saucers, being shielded by icebergs at first, gracefully rising out from Antarctic ocean bases and glaciers.

They are some sight to see – what with the Swastika strikingly adorning these incredibly maneuverable, exotic flying craft wobbling out of the choppy, iceberg-strewn ocean, shaking off pieces of ice and trailing cascading water, as they elegantly zoom away at very high speed!

There is immense worldwide interest in this alleged German Antarctic UFO activity, borne out by the fact that large-circulation Japanese newspapers, magazines and TV programs devote a lot of space, money and time to this story.

One even came to interview me in Toronto and ended up hiring one of my own “Zundel-Haus Lieutenants”, a volunteer who helped around the office, but who had lived in Argentina many years and spoke several languages. This man had personal knowledge of the people and places involved. That expedition is as well a fascinating one – but too long to recount here. Perhaps another time!

Even in America, the topic is a sizzling one. Right after World War II, Admiral Byrd, the famous American Arctic Explorer, was sent to Antarctica by President Truman in 1947 with a military task force, equipped with the latest military hardware including air craft carriers, submarines, helicopters, even tanks.

What was he looking for – in, of all places, Antarctica? There are all kinds of articles, serious and otherwise, suggesting that he was sent to smoke out Hitler’s last stronghold there. National Geographic Magazine covered that Task Force in over 40 pages of photographs and texts in 1947.

Lt. Cmdr.Richard Byrd – early exploration years

When I was younger than I am today and learned about all these things in the 1970s, I tried to raise public awareness with my little easy-to-read books, which turned quickly into controversial bestsellers, going through numerous printings before I myself pulled the plug on the “Secret Nazi UFO Project” by not reprinting and not writing new material on this topic.

My Jewish detractors made me change course, but I want to touch briefly on a widely misreported story of my UFO exploits. It had to do with my last UFO project, a planned Antarctic overflight via a leased, extra-large, fuel tank equipped, long range Boeing 747 from South African Airways.

For political reasons, this airline had to fly non-stop from Europe to South Africa, not being allowed to land and refuel anywhere in Black Africa at the time, courtesy of apartheid. I had a lead on the plane and had tentatively found a crew of Australian and New Zealanders with 747 flying skills and training and also Antarctic overflight experience.

The idea itself was a bit of a publicity lark – we were going to toast each other with champagne over the South Pole and drop a Hitler flag onto some glaciers from the plane to send a greeting to whoever might have been holed up down below. It caused lots of media interest. I had already close to ten media and TV programs lined up whose executives had pledged the $9,999.- fee to send their staff writers and photographers along – to see for themselves what was down there!

I was young, rich and adventurous then – and we were all roaring to go. I had lots of fun and did up to three and four talk shows a week on that “Nazi-Antarctic-UFO-Find-the Führer’s Bases” story and sold lots of UFO booklets to boot – when tragedy struck! An Air New Zealand passenger plane crashed into Mt. Erebus, killing all passengers and crew members.

The subsequent, painstaking investigation came to no firm conclusions on why the plane crashed. The United Nations, in conjunction with the Big Powers – Russia, America, England etc. – got involved and declared the Antarctic Continent off limits to all civilian overflights.

Coincidence? It put an end to the Zundel UFO Adventure for good.

The last person to raise my “UFO past” and grill me intensely on it was the famous Mike Wallace of “Sixty Minutes” in the 1990s. Wallace seemed to be fascinated and not a little freaked out by the topic. What did he have to fear?

In the summer of 2000, Ingrid Rimland, my new wife, and I visited the famous, much-visited Roswell, New Mexico UFO Museum. Many will recall that a UFO allegedly crashed there in 1947 only two years after World War II – with little “aliens” on board etc. etc.

While there, I bought a nicely produced hardcover book by U.S. Col. Philip J. Corso, (Ret.), who worked deep within the Pentagon hierarchy on a secret UFO Project in the 1950s-60s. On the dust jacket it says this: “…With unprecedented detail, Corso divulges how he spearheaded the (U.S.) Army’s reverse engineering project that seeded Alien technology at American companies such as IBM, Hughes Aircraft, Bell Labs and Dow Corning.”

We toured the museum for several hours and talked with employees and tour guides there, and what do you know? Nicely protected by glass I spotted some diaramas – life-like models reduced to scale: “Nazi Saucers”, Swastikas, Balkenkreuze, Luftwaffe insignias and all – being refueled by tankers on the ground with Luftwaffe – and SS-uniformed and armed German soldiers guarding the “Nazi UFO base.” I thought I could not trust my eyes!

Colonel Philip Corso

Allow me this thought as a German who has refused throughout a lifetime to make myself a slave to the Pavlovian Reflex and kick a long-dead Adolf Hitler in the shin:

The Americans captured and shipped thousands of German rocket, aircraft and other weapons specialists to the US immediately after World War II to “seed” exactly the same projects that Col. Corso described as their advanced weapons research.

While in Roswell, Ingrid and I also went to the American rocket pioneer Stoddard’s workshop/museum and looked at the tools and scientific gear displayed there – a shockingly primitively equipped place, compared to what Wernher von Braun had had to work with Hitler’s test facilities at Peenemünde at the end of World War II.

On that hot summer afternoon I wondered to myself if what had really crashed in Roswell might not have been one of the German Flying Saucers, keeping an eye on what the competition was up to at Mr. Stoddard’s lab and test site – and that the “little green men” story was a false road flare, planted by US authorities at the time!

Why so? Would it not have been painfully embarrassing to admit to the American and world public that “… here we were, having clubbed the Germans to a pulp in massive bombing raids, monkeying around at Mr. Stoddard’s lab and other places with that outdated, old-fashioned, glorified fire cracker rocketry the departing Hitler regime left behind, along with Wernher von Braun – while a still-undefeated bunch of high-tech Nazis are hot-rodding it around the globe and maybe even through the universe, snugly ensconced in their never-captured, Antarctic based UFOs?”

A man can speculate, can’t he? After all, this is America, isn’t it? And red-blooded Americans don’t fear – or do they? – that they will faint or turn into some frogs if they discover that a real live “Nazi” called Ernst Zundel – according to the ADL, the JDL, the Wiesenthalers and other some such outfits that specialize in smears – turned out to be a human being after all who has just given them a publicly little-known piece of his mind. [End]


Ingrid’s comment: Much of the information on Antarctica and German UFOs are in Ernst Zundel’s various UFO booklets, some a bit tattered and grimy after the 1995 arson of the renowned, world-famous Zundel-Haus in Toronto, set ablaze by Germany’s enemies 50 years to the day after Germany surrendered to the Allies, May 8, 1945.

They still sell, believe it or not! They need to be updated badly!

Visit www.soaringeaglesgallery.com and check them out yourself!

Editing:  Jim W. Dean



  1. Fantastic article Ingrid! I read Mr Corso’s book. I could chat with you for hours on your past. Blows my mind that you guys were intrested in this subject all those decades ago. Cool!! Well done!

  2. To er thank you for putting these people in their place.
    My native country was invaded by the Germans, we had traitors too, who sold out the Dutch and helped rounding up the Jewish people. Not many returned from these horrific camps.
    I have had many conversations with Jewish people who were in hiding during these dreadful years. And to some who returned without their spouses and children.
    These idiot holocaust deniers. Does it matter how the people died, sickness, starving, beaten to death, shot, worked to death, gassed and some afterwards incinerated. Whether it was one million or 6 million, Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, political prisoners, etc, etc.
    Were all the German people bad of course not. We had family living in Germany too. Times were different, information was scarce. Radios were prohibited. My father was forced to work for the Germans. Food was scarce, people were trading their belongings for food. No cats or dogs were alive.
    People from the resistance were brutally tortured by the Gestapo and at the end if they did not had died most of the time were shot. One time they were rounded up in a playground, surrounded by houses, the people helplessly watched. An officer ordered a soldier to shoot them, he refused, the officer pulled out his pistol, shot the German soldier first than the other people, one was a woman. The German soldier was laid to rest with the Dutch people from that town, they still remain there.
    I don’t know the name of the German city where my uncle was send after the merciless bombings of German cities by the allies. Yes those German people suffered too.
    But don’t downplay the horrible deeds of the Nazi party.
    The sad thing to me is, that with all the wars who are going on, again relentless bombings, killings and maming, torturing people. Did we not learn from the past? History repeating it self.
    And ignorant people are again following orders from evil men, who hunger for power, control and money.
    Under the false pretence of freedom and democracy. Conveniently setting different religious groups up against each other.
    This so called Dr. Ingrid Zundel is for sure not a doctor in humanity.
    With her kind nothing will change for the better in this world. Evil is being kept alive.

  3. WW2 ended in 1945.
    I had family who fought with Patton as he marched through France.
    Of course the Wehrmacht was the enemy, and of course those young Americans clutching their Garands and cooking eggs in their brain buckets could not afford to get gushy and humanitarian about the Germans who fought them. However, no one ever underestimated them.
    No one I knew got overly concerned about the so-called “death camps” because they never saw any. They were mostly glad to have survived, because very few in the Command made it from Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge where my people bought it.
    All this talk about collective German guilt is a convenient trip-it makes it so easy to forget one’s own, or to justify the current genocides, or to blind one to where we are headed because everyone is firmly looking behind themselves, and congratulating their superiority for not exterminating “those” people.
    Collective guilt excuses those who really engineered the war. To this day FDR, Chamberlain, and Churchill all get to bask in the sun, never a contrary word uttered about their actions that lead to the real, not imagined extermination of tens of millions, and the geopolitical result that continues to poison humanity, and the planet.
    Yes, lets all just keep that cult of Aryan guilt going. After all, it serves so many truly evil agendas, what would we do without it?

  4. If the Germans of the 1940’s really “did it”, what does that have to do with today? Those people are all dead, as well as millions of innocents with them. Where is the guilt? On Germany of today? That just gives the bad guys of today (in Washington mostly) an excuse to be evil and divert attention away from themselves and onto old ghosts. Not all of us “holocaust deniers” are as stupid as you zionists think we are. We know a scam when we see it.

  5. Why does it have to be about one man. One man did not create a sustainable civilization in 20 years, after the debt hounds sucked the life out of the country. Does the fact that a major invasion in any territory mean that they should have acted like Saints, bowing to the bombs as they destroyed entire cities, crippling the infrastructure, and decimating decades of work? Evil was allowed to do business in Germany and too many people found out too late what that evil had done, and they were furious. If you think rounding up people is a war crime than your right, but don’t blame the ignorant population striving to keep their head above water, and depending on their government for answers.

  6. I really enjoyed the article. Thank you. How can anyone be surprised that Germany might be capable of creating the next best things in the field of aerospace since they created NASA, the global air forces, and even the Navies that operarate using technology taken from them after the invasion. Only two decades after their most depressing years of existence and then a world class car is sold world wide. Actually two. The Mercedes, and the VW. Despite their overlords from the West and Israel they still come up with really innovated technologies that include alternative energies that will replace Nuclear energy in the next 30 years. All of that with one hand tied behind their back.

  7. More yammering? More smears? You’re boring, Tomer.

    Nobody wants to argue with you. Consider yourself ignored.

    • seen enough of ya to have nicknamed ya “tumor” already..
      if nothing else, at least your malignance is consistent.

  8. Whether or not the details of Nazi UFOs and Antarctica are accurate, there may be larger issues involved for the winning side in the second world war. As the son of a surviving WWII veteran, I have wondered how such a story would affect such veterans. First, the allies lost one of the basic elements of warfare when there was no Third Reich leader available to surrender – thus there was no surrender. Rather than announce Hitler’s suicide, would it not have been better to use a double to stage a “surrender?” How would veterans still living react to the news that the Third Reich was not defeated, and worse, that many high-ranking Nazis lived long, healthy, prosperous post-war lives? How would these veterans feel if they knew who and what they were really fighting for? That when Germany was left leaderless, the Allies had little choice but to occupy and stabilize that nation? Or that German Project Paperclip scientists were used to develop cold-war programs testing technology and drugs on them and their children without their consent? I have surmised that only when nearly every WWII veteran has died will any of this be allowed to be publicly revealed. Even that may be overly optimistic speculation, but one can hope that for future generations such evil deception will be more unlikely.

    • The first sentence of my comment should have made clear that I not only do not know the truth about such stories, it is irrelevant to me whether they are true. It is the people who have NOT read articles here or elsewhere that you object to that I am concerned about. Perhaps some think Hitler and Capone were 100 percent evil on the day they were born. NO ONE is 100 percent good or evil. It is not possible. Worse, some seem to think not taking sides with one or the other is evil. Not the person, that would be labeling, the (in)action of not polarizing one’s existence. Believe it or not, some do not require enemies by which to define the self.

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