A member of the federal police holds an hourglass with Nazi markings on Friday at the Interpol headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
20 June 2017 | Merrit Kennedy | NPR
Argentine police have uncovered some 75 Nazi artifacts hidden in a secret room in a house near Buenos Aires. The objects include children’s harmonicas in a box adorned with swastikas and a large bust relief of Adolf Hitler.
Argentina’s Ministry of Security stated that the pieces were all “of illegal origin and of great interest due to their historical value.” The finding came after a federal police investigation.
The artifacts were found at a home in Beccar, north of the capital, and authorities tell The Associated Press that “they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.”
The items were found behind a hidden wall in a home in a suburb of Buenos Aires.Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the wire service the artifacts are believed to be original pieces — including a magnifying glass accompanied by a photo of Hitler holding a magnifying glass that looks similar.
The combination of object and photo “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,” the minister told AP.
Other chilling objects discovered include a statue of the Nazi eagle, weapons and an hourglass with Nazi symbols.
Police also found a number of toys that authorities believe were used to indoctrinate children.
“There are Nazi objects used by kids, but with the party’s propaganda,” Commissioner Marcelo El Haibe from the federal police told The New York Times. He added, “There were jigsaw puzzles and little wood pieces to build houses, but they always featured party-related images and symbols.”
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