Eva Peron Helped Nazis, Hid Jewish Treasure: Book
And Simon Bolivar was a racist, it alleges
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2011 2:15 PM CDT
Eva Peron addresses a crowd in this picture taken in the 1940s.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A new book is giving Argentina a new reason not to cry for Eva Peron: She helped a number of Nazis who fled Europe after World War II, and was rumored to have harbored treasures taken from their Jewish victims. The accusations come from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Latin America, a controversial new book that aims to dredge up dirt on the region’s most beloved leftist leaders, the Telegraph reports. Among those Peron allegedly helped: Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.

Peron isn’t the book’s only target. It also alleges that Simon Bolivar’s “greatest fear was that blacks, Indians, and those of mixed race would take power.” Salvador Allende, meanwhile, is accused of installing a “project of socialist doctrination in schools,” and of considering a Nazi-inspired sterilization program. The book has sparked much controversy, with critics saying it lacks historical context. “It is not a historical guide,” co-author Leandro Narloch counters. “We only show the unpleasant side of history’s heroes.”