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Massive trove of Nazi memorabilia found in secret room in Argentina

Members of the federal police carry a Nazi statue at the Interpol headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, June 16, 2017
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It is thought they were brought to the South American country by Nazi officials who were given refuge

Police in Argentina believe they have uncovered the largest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history. Speaking to the Associated Press news agency on Monday, security minister Patricia Bullrich explained that many of the pieces were accompanied by photographs. “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.”

The 75 pieces were found in a hidden room in the home of a collector north of Buenos Aires, and are thought to have originally belonged to high-ranking officials in the Third Reich.

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The artifacts include a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, Nazi-themed toys and a medical device used to measure head size. The Nazis were proponents of the theory of eugenics and used the concept of genetic differences between people to advance their theories of Aryan racial superiority. Cranial measurements was one way in which the Nazis believed they could distinguish between races and prove that Jews were inferior.

Police are trying to discover how the objects came to be in Germany, but the theory put forward by detectives and members of the Jewish community is that they were brought by high-ranking members of the Nazi party who fled to the South American country towards the end of World War II.

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Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele, known for his cruel and deadly experiments on Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp, lived in Argentina for a period following the war before drowning off the coast of Brazil in 1979. Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann was abducted by Israeli Mossad agents in Buenos Aires in 1960, sentenced to death in 1961, and subsequently hanged in Israel a year later.

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