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Massive trove of suspected Nazi treasures discovered in Argentina

A raid on an Argentina home has yielded what many experts believe to be the largest collection of Nazi artifacts ever discovered in that country.

“Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” said Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich according to a report by The Associated Press on Monday. She later added that “this is a way to commercialize them, showing that they were used by the horror, by the Führer. There are photos of him with the objects.”

One of the photographs in question (actually a photo negative) shows Hitler holding a magnifying glass similar to the ones found in some of the boxes. Some historians believe this may indicate that the magnifying glasses discovered were actually used by Hitler himself.

Among the other roughly six dozen pieces found in the Buenos Aires suburb of Beccar are toys used to inculcate children into the tenets of Nazism, a statue of the Nazi Eagle over a swastika, a box of harmonicas, a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, a device used to measure head size and a Nazi hourglass.

The collectibles were discovered when Interpol, the international police force, began investigating how illicit artwork began appearing at a gallery in Buenos Aires. When authorities raided the collector’s house on June 8, the Nazi artifacts were discovered in a secret room behind a large bookshelf. The collector, who remains unnamed, is free but under investigation by a federal judge.

Many on the Internet are speculating that this proves Hitler himself may have faked his suicide and fled to that country, with some linking this find to stories of dubious origin about an Argentine centenarian who claims to be Hitler.

Although the current news does not provide any reason to believe Hitler escaped to Argentina, there have been prominent Nazis who fled to South America after World War II. The infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, nicknamed the “Angel of Death,” fled to several South American countries after the war, while Adolf Eichmann (who was in charge of executing Hitler’s Final Solution) was apprehended in Argentina before being deported to and tried in Israel.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

Matthew Rozsa.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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