Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hundreds of Nazi war criminals fled to Argentina in the aftermath of WWII

When the Allies raised their flags in Berlin, and when the German Instrument of Surrender was signed on the eve of May 8, 1945, one thing was clear to Nazi officers: Europe was no longer a safe refuge for them. Plus, the heart and the brain of the Third Reich was gone: the Führer, cornered, had taken his own life.

But that didn’t mean that the entire network they had garnered had collapsed. Nazi admirers in fact still thrived. Spain was under a fascist-friendly rule. Plundered gold and other valuables were still secreted in Switzerland. There was a window of time to escape justice, flee the continent, and adopt new identities.

Across the ocean, Argentina, under President Juan Domingo Perón, was more than ready to welcome members of the Nazi hierarchy with open arms. Perón, an avid admirer of the fascist ideology, helped numerous former SS officers to flee with the support of his own diplomats and intelligence agents deployed in Europe. He actively aided their passage from Italy and Spain to Buenos Aires.

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