Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

Argentinian police and Interpol raided the house of an art collector in the north of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires as part of the operation "Near East". Many Nazi higher-ups fled to Argentina in the waning days of the war, and investigators believe that officials close to Adolf Hitler brought the artifacts with them.

A HUGE collection of Nazi artefacts, including a bust of Hitler, a large eagle and a macabre medical device used to measure head size, has been discovered in Argentina.

Although numerous artifacts were accompanied by old pictures, authorities have not revealed the identity of the person who originally owned the pieces. There are lots of objects that Hitler touched, but it doesn't mean they would belong to a senior Nazi, Walters said.

Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the Associated Press that first investigations supported the idea of the relics being originals. It is believed to be the largest collection of Nazi paraphernalia ever found in the country. The collector has not been arrested, but a federal judge has reportedly an investigation going on into his actions and the items found in the hidden room.

"There are no precedents for a find like this", Nestor Roncaglia, Argentina's head of federal police, told the AP.

Fisher said items such as these would have originally belonged to senior officials in the Nazi government, but could have been stolen from them and dispersed by other persons later.

Many high-ranking Nazis fled to Argentina after the war, including Josef Mengele, a notorious Nazi physician who performed deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp. He, however, moved to Paraguay after Israeli Mossad agents caught Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, who was also living in Buenos Aires. He drowned while swimming off Bertioga, Brazil, in 1979.

Argentina was a place of escape when high-ranking Nazis left Europe trying to escape war crimes allegations.

"We know the history, we know of the disgusting experiments conducted by Josef Mengele", said Ariel Cohen Sabban, president of the Delegation of Israelite-Argentines Associations, the country's largest Jewish organization.

"Finding 75 original pieces is historic and could offer irrefutable proof of the presence of top leaders who escaped Nazi Germany", he said.

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