In the back of a hidden room in a house near Argentina’s capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country’s history. Some include a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses in swastika covered boxes, and medical devices. Toys were also found, which were used to indoctrinate children, one was described as a statue of the Nazi Eagle with a swastika.
The collection was presumably brought into the country by a high ranking Nazi official. Police are trying to understand how the artifacts entered Argentina, and were stashed in a hidden library behind the main house. The raid was carried out a few weeks ago.
“Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said in an interview on Monday, and added that some pieces were accompanied by old photographs. “This is a way to commercialize them, showing that they were used by the horror, by the Fuhrer [Hitler]. There are photos of him with the objects.”
Ariel Cohen Sabban, president of the DAIA, a political umbrella for Argentina’s Jewish institutes, called the find unheard of in Argentina. “Finding 75 original pieces is historic and could offer irrefutable proof of the presence of top leaders who escaped from Nazi Germany.” Cohen said.
Source: Israel Hayom
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By: Hadassah Schwarz