A new discovery suggests the Nazis made it further into the jungles of South America than previously realized. A team of Argentine archaeologists say they've stumbled upon a secret German lair built by the Nazis during the Second World War.
As the Clarin newspaper is reporting, archaeologists from the University of Buenos Aires have discovered the remains of three buildings in Teyu Cuare provincial park in northern Argentina. The structures were found alongside five German coins produced between 1938 and 1941, and a fragment of a porcelain plate bearing the inscription "Made in Germany." Intriguingly, the archaeologists also found Nazi symbols, inclueding the swastika, carved onto the structure's walls.
Though more work is needed to confirm the finding, the archaeologists speculate that the buildings, located near the Paraguayan border, were intended to house high-ranking Nazis looking to escape prosecution after the Second World War.
One of the buildings appears to be a look-out tower, while the other two may have been intended for housing and storage. The site also features a number of apparent escape points. The archaeologists describe it as a protected, dependable site where the Nazis could live quietly.
"We can find no other explanation as to why anyone would build these structures, at such great effort and expense, in a site which at that time was totally inaccessible, away from the local community, with material which is not typical of the regional architecture," lead researcher Daniel Schavelzon told Clarin. "Apparently, halfway through World War II, the Nazis had a secret project of building shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat — inaccessible sites, in the middle of deserts, in the mountains, on a cliff or in the middle of the jungle like this."
It would appear, however, that the hideout was never occupied.
During the Second World War, thousands of German, Italian, and Croatian fascists arrived in Argentina under the blessing of president Juan Peron. In 1960, Nazi Adolf Eichmann — a key architect of the Holocaust — was arrested in Buenos Aires by an Israeli commando team. He was tried in Israel, where he was found guilty of war crimes and executed.
Other prominent Nazis who escaped to Argentina include Joseph Mengele, Martin Bormann, Walter Kutschmann, Josef Schwammberger, Eduard Roschmann, Wilfred Von Oven, and Alois Brunner.
Images: Daniel Schavelzon.