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    Police in the South American republic of Colombia have arrested an elderly German recluse following allegations that his real name is Martin Borman - Hitler's one time deputy.

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    GV & CU Bormann House with "MB" initials over door

    GV Hotel at site of Hitler Borghof with hunker sign

    TV & LV PAN Staircase & bunkers

    SV PAN Bunker with barred gate to doorway with machine-gun slips (3 shots)

    SV & GV Hitler enters Hall Of Chancellery with other senior Nazi officials

    MIX TO GV of ruined Chancellery

    GVS Streets destroyed after fighting(5 shots)

    SV & CU Men & machines digging in search for Borman's body

    STV & SV Elderly man with cap says he saw Bormann in area & helps searchers

    SV & GV Digging continues

    SV Juan Falero Martinez at news conference

    A building in Braunau, Austria which Bormann bought in 1938 as a gift for Hitler, the underground bunker complex at the site of the Hitler Berghof in Austria where Bormann is said to have worked with Hitler, Hitler and Nazi officials at the Hall of Chancellery, the wrecked hall after the fall of Berlin, ruins of buildings and streets after fall of Berlin, men and machines searching plot of ground near Berlin Wall in 1965 for body of Bormann and Juan Falero Martinez appearing at a news conference in 1967 in Guatemala after being accused of being Bormann.

    Initials SGM/1316 SGM/1345

    Available on Beta NX 115

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Police in the South American republic of Colombia have arrested an elderly German recluse following allegations that his real name is Martin Borman - Hitler's one time deputy.

    The arrested man gives his name as Johann Ehrmann and says he is 72. If Bormann has survived until now he would be 71.

    A police party made its way deep into the Colombian jungle to arrest the man after a magazine published photographs of the present-day Ehrmann and the wartime Bormann. It pointed to the similarity of gesture between the two, and to similar facial expressions.

    The magazine - Sioto Dias - claimed there was a remarkable resemblance in the construction of the face and the lines of the mouth, chin, eyebrows and forehead.

    Martin Bormann was sentenced to death in absentia at the Nuromburg trials - and was officially declared dead in 1954. However, rumours that he had survived persisted and in 1964 the Frankfurt Prosecutor-General claimed he had reason the believe that Bormann was alive and living in South America.

    SYNOPSIS: The arrest in Colombia of a man suspected of being Hitler's former deputy Martin Bormann has special significance for the city of Braunau in Austria, Bormann bought this house in 1938 as a gift for Hitler. For the people of Bavarian too -- there remain present-day links with the career of Martin Bormann. These bunkers are all that remain of the Hitler Berghof - and it was here that Bormann and Hitler had many meetings and discussions on Nazi strategy.

    This particular bunker is though to be the one used by Bormann. It stands next to ??? ???.

    ??? ??? ??? ??? close contacts with Hitler, Martin Bormann is the most wanted Nazi war criminal. Where Hitler went - Bormann went.

    Hitler, it's believed, died in the ruins of Berlin as Russian tanks moved into the city. Bormann apparently stayed with him - almost to the end, then fled. There were reports that he didn't get very far before being killed when a Russian tank exploded nearby. But there were many who thought that Bormann made his way through the shattered streets, and in the confusion, made his escape. Seven years ago, a major search was made for Bormann's body at a site near the Berlin Wall. He had already been declared dead by the courts in 1954.

    An elderly man who said ho saw Bormann at the spot helped in the search - but no body was found. Despite official acceptance that Bormann was dead, rumours that he had escaped persisted, and in 1964 the prosecutor-general in Frankfurt said he had information which suggested that Bormann was alive in south America. This man -Juan Falero Martinez - was arrested in Guatemala. He proved not to be Bormann. Colombian officials now face the difficult task of tracing the life of the man they've arrested.

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