By AVIANNE TAN | YAHOO! News <Original Source>
Six researchers from the University of Buneos Aires and La Plata Museum found the ruins of what is believed to be a hideout in Teyu Cuare Park in northern Argentina near the border with Paraguay, team leader Daniel Schavelzon told ABC News today.
He said they discovered the site years ago, but only began extensive research this month.
During World War II, it’s believed the Nazis had a secret project building hideouts in hard-to-find places like desserts, mountains and jungles such as Teyu Cuare, Schavelzon said.
The hideouts where meant to serve as shelters for high-ranking Nazi officers in the event of defeat, he added.
During the past 15 days the team spent at the ruins, they discovered three buildings, a stone quarry and various artifacts from World War II Germany, Schavelzon said.
“We found German coins minted between 1938 and 1944, fragments of a porcelain plate that said it was made in Germany and Nazi symbols and German inscriptions carved into the walls,” he said. “It’s hard to prove the site was definitely made by the Nazis, but we’re working to unearth more evidence to support this hypothesis.”
The believed hideout was covered in thick vines and moss, Schavelzon added.
“It’s been very difficult to conduct work there,” he said. “Everything is covered in jungle and we have to use knives and machetes to cut through.”
Schavelzon said he doesn’t believe Nazis ever inhabited the hideout since it was never needed. Thousands of Nazis were welcomed in Argentina after the war by former president Juan Perón, who led the nation from 1946 to 1955 and for a short while again in the 1970s.
A team of archaeologists in Argentina believe they have discovered the ruins of a jungle hideout built by Nazis to flee after World War II.
The cluster of three stone structures, covered in thick vines and only accessible when using a machete, contain stashes of German coins from the late 1930s, fragments of “Made in Germany” porcelain and Nazi symbols on the walls.
The remains are located in the Teyu Cuare provincial park in northern Argentina on its border with Paraguay.
University of Buenos Aires lead researcher Daniel Schavelzon told Argentine newspaper Clarin: “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.
“This site also has the bonus of allowing the inhabitants to be in Paraguay in less than 10 minutes. It’s a protected, defendable site where they could live quietly.”
This hideout was never needed, however, as an estimated 5000 Nazis were welcomed in Argentina with the blessing of president Juan Peron, who led the nation from 1946 to 1955 and again briefly in the 1970s.
Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who helped organise the Holocaust, was famously captured in Buenos Aires by an Israeli commando team in 1960, before being tried and executed in Israel.