A Shocking Look Into the Past
Although World War II may seem like it was in another lifetime, in reality, it was less than 80 years ago. It should come as no surprise, then, that traces of the war as well as the Nazi regime are still being discovered to this day.
Argentinian police have recently uncovered what they believe to be the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in Argentinian history, reminding us all that the atrocities of the Nazi party were more recent than they may seem.
The Party Relocates
When World War II ended, those who still aligned with the Nazi party had to find a space where they could flee, as they were considered war criminals. Large amounts of high-ranking Nazis relocated to Argentina, including some of the more notorious members of the party such as Josef Mengele.
Around 75 objects were discovered in a collector’s home in a suburb of Buenos Aires called Beccar. “Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is a way to commercialize them, showing that they were used by the horror, by the Fuhrer. There are photos of him with the objects.”
Some of the objects included toys used to indoctrinate children, a statue of the Nazi Eagle with a swastika, a Nazi hourglass, and a box of harmonicas. Police also discovered an item of particular historical importance: a photo negative of Hitler holding a magnifying glass that was also found amongst the other artifacts.
“We have turned to historians and they’ve told us it is the original magnifying glass” that Hitler used, head of Argentina’s federal police Nestor Roncaglia told the AP. “We are reaching out to international experts.”