Bariloche, Argentina – Behind a bookcase in a secret room a large cash of Nazi artifacts was just discovered.
After the fall of the Third Riech, thousands of Nazis and collaborators fled to sympathetic South American countries including Argentina. Then-President Peron fully supported this influx of newcomers with open arms. The Nazis who made it out of Europe brought with them artifacts and treasures of the Reich.
The most recent discovery of such artifacts is the largest found outside of Europe and includes some strange and disturbing items. Items such as a bust of Adolf Hitler, handcrafted boxes adorned with swastikas, a box of harmonicas made for children and a device used to measure head size.
Many of the artifacts came complete with photographs of Hitler holding the items; this was a way of increasing the value of the items since Hitler had personally handled them. Based on the quality and craftsmanship of the items, experts believe that they once belonged to high-ranking Nazis. Many items were accented with marble or silver meaning that they would have been expensive to purchase.
There was no shortage of high-ranking Nazis in South America after World War Two, including one of the most infamous Nazis in history, Josef Mengele. He was the doctor known as the “Angel of Death” who performed horrific experiments on the victims of concentration camps. Mengele made it to Argentina around 1950 before moving to Paraguay; briefly, he then moved to Brazil where he died in 1979 of a stroke. During his life in South America, Mengele used the name Helmut Gregor, and performed abortions which were illegal and rumors swarmed that he was continuing his experiments.
With the huge influx of Nazis in the middle of the 20th century, it comes as no surprise that the treasures they brought with them have been uncovered all over Argentina. In Argentina, it is illegal to possess such items, and the owner of the house where they were discovered is now under investigation.