Argentinian police have found 75 pieces of Nazi-looted artifacts in a hidden room in the house of a Buenos Aires collector. In what is believed to be the largest find in the country’s history, authorities suspect that the items once belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II.
Interpol raided the home on June 8 and when inside, a large bookshelf caught their attention. Behind it agents found a hidden passageway to a room filled with Nazi imagery.
“Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces,” Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told The Associated Press, revealing that some of the pieces had photographs with them that show Hilter in their presence. “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.”
Among the items were a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, toys that would have been used to indoctrinate children, a large statue of the Nazi Eagle above a swastika, a Nazi hourglass, a box of harmonicas, and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas.
The unidentified collector who was hoarding and hiding the items remains free but under investigation by a federal judge while police attempt to track down how the collection originally entered the country.