Behind A Bookcase, A Secret Passageway Leads To A Trove Of Nazi Artifacts In Argentina
The following is an excerpt from Max Bearak | June 20, 2017 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
The international police agency Interpol discovered one of the largest and most disturbing sets of Nazi artifacts this month in a northern suburb of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
Agents became aware of a collector of historical artifacts who they say had procured items “under UNESCO's red alert,” referring to the United Nations organization tasked with cultural preservation. This month, with the power of a judicial order, they raided the collector's house, according to Clarín, an Argentine newspaper. Behind a bookcase, a secret passageway led to a room where they found the biggest trove of original World War II-era artifacts in Argentina's history.
They were put on display at the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations in Buenos Aires on Monday. Many Nazi higher-ups fled to Argentina in the waning days of the war, and investigators believe that officials close to Adolf Hitler brought the artifacts with them. Many items were accompanied by photographs, some with Hitler holding them.
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