Archaeologists are examining a series of ruined buildings found in an Argentinian nature reserve, as they suspect the structures represent a hideout for Nazi officers seeking to escape the fall of the Third Reich.
Researchers decided to investigate the ruins because of a local legend that they were used as a hideout by Martin Bormann, one of the highest ranking Nazis in Germany, and Adolph Hitler’s right hand man, according to the BBC. Located in Teyu Cuare park near the town of San Ignacio, which sits in the northern reaches of Argentina, the buildings differ from regional architecture, and are situated in the midst of an isolated natural preserve.
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The research team from the University of Buenos Aires has uncovered a number of artifacts at the site that link the ruins to Nazi Germany, including coins minted in the 1940s, alongside fragments of German porcelain. Nazi symbols, including swastikas, were found engraved in the isolated buildings, according to the Washington Post.
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Though researcher Daniel Schavelzon dismissed the local tale about Bormann using the hideout, he nevertheless stated that the buildings were of an unusual scale, featuring walls nine-feet-thick in some places. Located less than 10 minutes from the Paraguayan border, Schavelzon also pointed out that the trio of buildings was so isolated that only someone who knew their exact location would be able to find them.
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One of the ruined buildings appears to have been used for housing, while another was purposed for storage and the third constituted a lookout point for sentries. The site features multiple escape points, further supporting the theory that it was meant to be a hideout for Nazi officials.
“Apparently, halfway through the Second World War, 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.”
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Hundreds of Nazis were welcomed into Argentina following the war, including Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, who was famously captured by Israeli agents. Nazi officials also fled to other South American countries, however, and last year a swimming pool adorned with a swastika was discovered by police flying over a home in Brazil, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
Schavelzon argues that the hideout likely wasn’t used, however, as Nazi officials quickly discovered they could live openly in Argentina.
[Image: Daniel Schavelzon via Twitter]