Hidden Room Yields Trove of Nazi Artifacts

Cops make disturbing find in Argentina home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2017 12:25 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2017 6:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – In 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, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas, and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size. Some 75 objects were found in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires, and authorities say they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II. "Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces," Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich tells the AP. She says there are old photos of Hitler with some of the objects.

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Among the disturbing items were toys that Bullrich says would have been used to indoctrinate children, a large statue of the Nazi Eagle above a swastika, and a Nazi hourglass. The investigation that culminated in the discovery of the collection began when authorities found artworks of illicit origin in a Buenos Aires gallery. Interpol agents began following the collector and raided the house on June 8. A large bookshelf caught their attention. Behind it, agents found a hidden passageway to a room filled with Nazi imagery. Investigators suspect the artifacts were brought to Argentina by a high-ranking Nazi or Nazis after World War II, when the country became a refuge for fleeing war criminals. (Read more Argentina stories.)

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