Argentina's central bank stands accused of holding Nazi gold after WWII. Researchers investigating the activities of the Nazis in Argentina say they have obtained a letter signed by the country's former foreign minister, saying he asked for the gold to be deposited in the bank in 1946.
Until then, the money was being held for the Germans by the Swiss embassy in Buenos Aires. "For the first time we do have Argentine evidence that Argentina was the recipient of Nazi gold," said research co-ordinator of the commission of inquiry on Nazi activities in Argentina.
At the end of the Second World War hundreds of wanted war criminals succeeded in fleeing to Latin America to escape justice. This much is well known. Yet how was it done? Peron wanted Hitler to win the war. When defeat seemed inescapable he sent emissaries to Spain to provide material aid - false papers and passports, immigration certificates, boat tickets - to war criminals who had fled there.
In 1946 new escape routes were forged from Denmark and Italy, where many Nazis had fled and where governments wished to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Quite the most shocking is the comprehensive role played by the Catholic hierarchy in offering succour to fascists from Catholic Europe trying to evade the law