Suspected Nazi artifacts found hidden in Argentina home

  • Suspected Nazi artifacts found hidden in Argentina home

Suspected Nazi artifacts found hidden in Argentina home

The collection included a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside boxes with swastikas and even a ghastly medical device used to measure head size.

A member of the federal police holds an hourglass with Nazi markings on Friday at the Interpol headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Authorities are not entirely sure when or how the collection was brought into the country, but they suspect the objects once belonged to one or more high-ranking Nazis. He added, "There were jigsaw puzzles and little wood pieces to build houses, but they always featured party-related images and symbols". "There are photos of him with the objects", the minister told AP.

Nazi officials use calipers to measure an ethnic German's nose.

One of the items the police commented on as being "compelling" and offering proof of the historic importance of the find of the hidden room and the artifacts discovered within it is a photo negative depicting Adolf Hitler. "The idea that they were traveling with objects like Hitler's magnifying glass is simply unbelievable", he says.

"We found the objects in glass casings in a room, absolutely inaccessible to anyone", said Marcelo El Haibe, Inspector Commissary with the Cultural Heritage Protection of Argentina's Federal Police in a statement.

"We are happy to be able to say that they will no longer be circulating through sales or among collectors", Ms Bullrich said.

Over 75 individual items have been found so far in a house belonging to a collector living in Béccar, just north of the capital, Buenos Aires.

The investigation that eventually led to this unbelievable find began when authorities found artworks of "illicit origin" in a gallery in Buenos Aires, the AP reports.

Along with the Nazi artifacts, the police recovered Chinese art and ancient Egyptian and Asian artifacts, as well as various fossils.

The Nazis who escaped via the ratlines were only able to carry "a couple of suitcases" with them, noted Walters, and would not have had enough room for the sheer number of artifacts that were found in Argentina.

The items belong to a collector who has not been arrested, but who is under investigation, according to Kate Samuelson of TIME.

Authorities are attempting to piece together how the Nazi artifacts made it into Argentina.

After the defeat in the Second world war, many Nazis tried to find refuge in the countries of South America. He later died in Brazil in 1979.

On June 8, agents from the global police force Interpol raided a collector's house, after following a suspect for a period of time.