A team of Argentine archaeologists investigating a series of ruins in the jungle -- close to the border with Paraguay -- believe they have discovered a secret Nazi lair, the Telegraph (British) website reports today (March 23, 2015).
The cluster of stone structures -- now covered by thick vines and accessible only when using a machete to cut through the undergrowth -- contains stashes of German coins from the late 1930s, fragments of "Made in Germany" porcelain, and Nazi symbols on the walls.
"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," said Daniel Schavelzon, leader of the team.
It is believed that the buildings were built in the early 1940s as a refuge for the leaders of the Third Reich, in case they needed to flee from Germany; however, that was not necessary, as Juan Peron -- president of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 -- welcomed thousands of Nazis and Italian fascists to live openly in Argentina after World War II. (Peron's wife, Eva, is still remembered today with the everlasting popular song, play, and movie titled "Don't Cry for Me Argentina.")