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21 World War II Myths Finally Debunked

Myth: The Nazis were duly punished for their crimes

Until once secret documents came to light just a few years ago, hardly anyone realized that as many as 9,000 Nazis and Nazi collaborators instrumental in orchestrating the Holocaust escaped justice, largely in South America, just after the war.

For comparison, just 6,495 Nazi war criminals ever stood trial. And what’s more, many of those who escaped did so with government help from German, South American, and even French leaders who were complicit in Nazi crimes.

Furthermore, thousands of Nazi scientists even went on to play key roles in the space race and weapons development programs for the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

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