Home > Editor's Pick
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 09:56

Possible Nazi hideout discovered

By Associated Press in Buenos Aires
Possible Nazi hideout discovered
Handout picture released by University of Buenos Aires researcher Daniel Schavelzon of a building in ruines at the Teyu Cuare ("Lizard's cave" in Guarani) provincial park, near San Ignacio, in the northern Argentine province of Misiones, on March 9, 2015.(AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SCHAVELZON / HO)

Abandoned buildings found in a remote Argentine nature reserve may have been planned as a potential hideout for top Nazi leaders, archaeologists said.

German coins dating from the 1930s and 1940s were found at the site in the Teyu Cuare park, in Misiones province, about 1,100 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

The buildings, with thick walls, evidently were designed as a hideout for fleeing Nazis after Germany's surrender in World War II, but they "never lived here because they realized they could live more comfortably, and in hiding, while in cities," said Daniel Schavelzon, director of the urban archaeology center at Buenos Aires University and leader of the team researching the site.

A local legend had said the buildings served as a hideout for Martin Bormann, Adolf Hitler's private secretary, but Schavelzon dismissed the rumor.

Bones unearthed in downtown Berlin in 1972 were identified as those of Bormann through dental records, and the location matched an account that Bormann had committed suicide to avoid falling into enemy hands as he attempted to flee Berlin in the final days of the war in May 1945.

But rumors persisted that he had found his way to South America until DNA tests in 1998 conclusively proved that remains found in Berlin were those of Bormann.

People living nearby the buildings say Jesuits built them more than 200 years ago, but Schavelzon also rejected this theory because the site dates back only to the 1940s. In addition to the coins, his team also found pieces of German porcelain.

Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israel office, said the findings are not yet definitive, but if they were shown to be accurate, "it wouldn't surprise me", he said.

"Many leading Nazis went to Argentina - Josef Mengel, Adolf Eichmann, Josef Schwamberger - so this finding is possible, but the bottom line is that this secret colony of Nazis never reached fruition," Zuroff said.

Abandoned  buildings  found  in  a  remote  Argentine  nature  reserve  may  have  been  planned  asa  potential  hideout  for  top  Nazi  leaders,  archaeologists  said.

German  coins  dating  from  the  1930s  and  1940s  were  found  at  the  site  in  the  Teyu  Cuarepark,  in  Misiones  province,  about  1,100  kilometers  north  of  Buenos  Aires.

The  buildings,  with  thick  walls,  evidently  were  designed  as  a  hideout  for  fleeing  Nazis  afterGermany's  surrender  in  World  War  II,  but  they  "never  lived  here  because  they  realized  theycould  live  more  comfortably,  and  in  hiding,  while  in  cities,"  said  Daniel  Schavelzon,  director  ofthe  urban  archaeology  center  at  Buenos  Aires  University  and  leader  of  the  team  researchingthe  site.

A  local  legend  had  said  the  buildings  served  as  a  hideout  for  Martin  Bormann,  Adolf  Hitler'sprivate  secretary,  but  Schavelzon  dismissed  the  rumor.

Bones  unearthed  in  downtown  Berlin  in  1972  were  identified  as  those  of  Bormann  throughdental  records,  and  the  location  matched  an  account  that  Bormann  had  committed  suicide  toavoid  falling  into  enemy  hands  as  he  attempted  to  flee  Berlin  in  the  final  days  of  the  war  inMay  1945.

But  rumors  persisted  that  he  had  found  his  way  to  South  America  until  DNA  tests  in  1998conclusively  proved  that  remains  found  in  Berlin  were  those  of  Bormann.

People  living  nearby  the  buildings  say  Jesuits  built  them  more  than  200  years  ago,  butSchavelzon  also  rejected  this  theory  because  the  site  dates  back  only  to  the  1940s.  Inaddition  to  the  coins,  his  team  also  found  pieces  of  German  porcelain.

Efraim  Zuroff,  chief  Nazi  hunter  and  director  of  the  Simon  Wiesenthal  Center's  Israel  office,said  the  findings  are  not  yet  definitive,  but  if  they  were  shown  to  be  accurate, "it  wouldn'tsurprise  me",  he  said.

"Many  leading  Nazis  went  to  Argentina  -  Josef  Mengel,  Adolf  Eichmann,  Josef  Schwamberger-  so  this  finding  is  possible,  but  the  bottom  line  is  that  this  secret  colony  of  Nazis  neverreached  fruition,"  Zuroff  said.

Latest News