Trove of Nazi artifacts found hidden behind secret door

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

The collection includes bust relief of Adolf Hitler, a medical device to measure head size, a large Nazi Eagle statue, a Nazi hourglass, and a Nazi box full of harmonicas - all adorned by lots and lots of Nazi swastikas.

This was during the time when Argentina had become a refuge for fleeing criminals.

The Bangkok Post reported that, according to Bullrich, items in the collection of 75 artifacts that are among the most disturbing are ones used in the indoctrination of children to help bring them up to continue the beliefs of the Nazis.

Cops found the stash of 75 Nazi treasures in Beccar, a suburb of Buenos Aires, while investigating illicit artworks found on display in the city. They found a secret passageway to a room filled with Nazi and archeological artifacts concealed behind a bookshelf. Pieces are stolen or are imitations.

Authorities believe the items belonged to high-ranking Nazi officers in Germany during World War Two.

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency on Monday, security minister Patricia Bullrich explained that numerous pieces were accompanied by photographs. "But this is original and we have to get to the bottom of it", said Roncaglia. The current working hypothesis among investigators, according to USA Today, is that they were brought to Argentina by a high-ranking Nazi or Nazis after World War II.

Authorities are still trying to determine how the pieces made it in to the country.

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One of the most famous World War II war criminals that fled to Argentina, and who lived there for nearly a decade, was Dr. Josef Mengele. Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann was abducted by Israeli Mossad agents in Buenos Aires in 1960, sentenced to death in 1961, and subsequently hanged in Israel a year later.

While the police did not name any high-ranking Nazi officials to whom these objects might have belonged, Bullrich pointed out that there were medical devices found.

Nazi "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele, known for his cruel and deadly experiments on Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp, lived in Argentina for a period following the war before drowning off the coast of Brazil in 1979.

"There are objects to measure heads that was the logic of the Aryan race", she said.

Ariel Cohen Sabban, president of the DAIA, a political umbrella for Argentina's Jewish institutes, told AP, "This is unheard of in the Argentine Republic".

Associated Press video journalist Paul Byrne contributed to this report.

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