Police in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, discovered a treasure trove of more than 1,000 Nazi collectibles, valued at more than $3.2 million, in the home of a wealthy man accused of child molestation.

The 58-year-old alleged pedophile would approach children in his neighborhood in an attempt to lure them to his home where he would sexually assault them, according to Forbes, Oct. 6.

The arrest of the alleged offender, Aylson Proenca Doyle Linhares, came in response to a complaint by the parents of one of the victims, a 12-year-old boy, and statements by other parents about abuse of at least two other minors, according to local media outlet Publico. 

Doyle Linhares “was charged with illegal possession of weapons, racism and pedophilia” following the discovery of the collection, which included photographs of minors, said police commissioner and chief detective in the case Luis Armond.

The valuable objects related to German Nazism included daggers, daggers and nine firearms, including a rifle and a machine gun, as well as a large quantity of ammunition.

Also, uniforms, insignia, medals, and busts characteristic of the National Socialism of the so-called Third Reich, and of the World War II era.

The police are extending their investigations in search of possible links between the suspect and extreme right-wing groups in Brazil, and are considering the possibility of a museum taking charge of the confiscated objects.

These types of treasures are not so rare in South America, since thousands of German members of the Third Reich fled to Argentina and dispersed throughout the continent, after the defeat caused by the Allies.  

One such treasure was discovered in Argentina in 2017 by police inspecting the home of a collector. Behind the library there was a door leading to the room with the objects. 

These were cataloged as authentic Nazi origin, and likely to have belonged to members of the party’s top hierarchies during World War II.

Although history records that both the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide when his regime collapsed, other versions maintain that Hitler fled to Argentina. 

Historian Abel Basti, in his book In Hitler’s Footsteps, claims that Hitler escaped through a tunnel to the airport and headed for Spain, where he would have had the support of dictator Franco. Heading first to the Canary Islands, he then arrived in Argentina in a submarine.

This version would be corroborated by a declassified FBI document, which also states that Hitler escaped to that country. In the same file there is the account of a certain Guydano, who met Hitler and 50 of his followers two and a half weeks after the fall of Berlin.   

On the other hand, the book Gray Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler, by British authors Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams, also suggests that Hitler and Braun did not commit suicide, but escaped to Argentina. 

In it, they describe: “Several U-boats took certain Nazis and Nazi loot (gold and art treasures) to Argentina, where the Nazis were supported by the future president Juan Peron.”

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