Customs officials have seized a shipment of objects with Nazi insignia that had been sent from the United States, the Security Ministry announced on Wednesday, confirming that they had located in the northern province of Salta the person who was set to receive the shipment.
“Another shipment with Nazi insignia trying to enter our country. Along with Customs, we carried out a controlled delivery and seized swords, tools and helmets linked to a dark and tragic time for humanity”, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said via Twitter, posting photos of some of the objects.
Customs officials analysed several packets which they had identified as suspect, the Security Ministry said later in a statement. “There is no place in Argentina for this type of expression which is linked to a tragic time in the history of humanity,” Bullrich added.
The packages contained four helmets from World War II, an imperial eagle statue carrying a Swastika, a 40-centremetre long sword which also carries a Swastika, an old coin, three posters with references to the Third Reich, a .22-calibre semi-automatic weapon and a replica machine gun. According to reports, during the operation to identify the intended recipient of the package, a police officer impersonated a delivery man. A report in the Salta newspaper, El Tribuno, said this week that officers were investigating if the suspect, a 33-year-old man, belongs to an anti-Semitic group that seeks to promote hatred and discrimination.
Hundreds of Nazis fled to Argentina following the collapse of Hitler’s regime.