A huge collection of Nazi artifacts was discovered hidden behind a bookcase in Argentina

Earlier this month, police in Argentina raided the home of a man suspected of stashing shelves and shelves of old Nazi memorabilia. What they found was a door leading to a room full of Nazi knives, sculptures, medical devices, magnifying glasses, and a large bust portrait of Adolf Hitler.

“There are no precedents for a find like this,” head of Argentina’s federal police Nestor Roncaglia told the Associated Press. “Pieces are stolen or are imitations. But this is original and we have to get to the bottom of it.”

“There are objects to measure heads that was the logic of the Aryan race,” Argentina’s Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the Associated Press.

Investigators are currently trying to figure out how such an extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia made it into the South American country, where several Nazi officials fled at the end of World War II.

Here is the disturbing collection of Nazi artifacts that spent years collecting dust in one man’s northern Buenos Aires apartment.

After finding some illicit paintings at an art gallery, Argentinian police tracked down close to 75 items of old Nazi memorabilia that one Buenos Aires man kept hidden by a bookcase that led to his secret shrine.

Source: Associated Press

A Hitler photo negative, Nazi sculptures, knives, head-measuring medical devices, and children’s toys with swastikas on them were among some of the items found.

“There are objects to measure heads that was the logic of the Aryan race,” Argentina’s Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the AP.

The police handed over the items to investigators and historians, who are trying to figure out how such a large collection made it into the home of one South American man.

After World War II, many high-ranking Nazi leaders fled to Argentina in order to escape trial back home. “Finding 75 original pieces is historic and could offer irrefutable proof of the presence of top leaders who escaped from Nazi Germany,” the president of Argentina’s largest Jewish organization told the AP.