Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

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Some of the most disturbing items were medical devices used to measure head size.

Authorities believe the items belonged to high-ranking Nazi officers in Germany during World War Two. "There are photos of him with the objects". Among the cache were weapons, apparel, propaganda to indoctrinate children such as harmonicas or puzzles, military decorations, statues and busts of Hitler and other Nazi symbols, even a Nazi sundial and Ouija board. Some of the pieces in the collection, she said, also had old photos with them.

A police operation in Argentina has seized a collection of original Nazi artifacts believed to be the country's biggest haul of its kind to date. Interpol then started to follow the collector of the Nazi artifacts and armed with a judicial order, on June 8, they conducted a raid of the collector's residence. The trove of artifacts was found in a secret room hidden behind a bookshelf in a collector's home.

Roncaglia, the head of Argentina's federal police said, "There are no precedents for a find like this".

The collector, who has not been identified, is under investigation by a federal judge.

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The best explanation brought forward by investigators and members of Argentina's Jewish community is that they were brought to Argentina by a high-ranking Nazi or Nazis after the second world war, when the South American country became a refuge for fleeing war criminals, including some of the best known.

The minister of human rights and cultural pluralism of the nation, Claudio Avruj also addressed the press on Monday, thanking the authorities for their work in bringing the macabre Nazi collection to light and commending the decision to donate the artifacts to the museum. Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann was abducted by Israeli Mossad agents in Buenos Aires in 1960, sentenced to death in 1961, and subsequently hanged in Israel a year later.

While the police did not name any high-ranking Nazi officials to whom these objects might have belonged, Bullrich pointed out that there were medical devices found. "Finding 75 original pieces is historic and could offer irrefutable proof of the presence of top leaders who escaped from Nazi Germany".

While leading members of the Third Reich were put on trial for war crimes, Josef Mengele, who was the leading physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, fled to Argentina after the war and lived in Buenos Aires for close to a decade.

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