Investigators were first made aware of the potential for the discovery when the collector put a piece of illicit art in a local gallery. Then, on June 9, police came to the collector’s door. What they found inside was this truly shocking haul of objects.
But it’s not just art and weapons that made the discovery a tad disturbing. There were other things in the secret room, ranging from the slightly unsettling to the macabre. And this isn’t the first time that Nazi items have been found in Argentina. The connection between South America and Nazi officials goes back a lot further.
At least two well-known Nazi party officials fled to Argentina after the war. Infamous physician and mass murderer Josef Mengele lived in Buenos Aires for more than a decade. He only fled when another Nazi, concentration camp administrator Adolf Eichmann, was arrested by Israeli Mossad agents in a house nearby. While Eichmann was caught and then executed, Mengele died while swimming off the coast of Brazil in 1979.