The collection was estimated at 3 million euros (about $3.5 million). According to Rio de Janeiro Police Chief Luis Armand, it included a variety of items from the Third Reich period, such as official uniforms, flags, insignia, coins, medals, images of Adolf Hitler, guns and gunpowder from the Nazi regime.
“It’s horrifying. I’ve never seen anything like this. I felt like I was in Inglourious Bastards [sic] movie,” Armand told Granthshala.
Police said in a statement that the memorabilia was found when police went to the home of the 58-year-old man on suspicion of pedophilia to issue an arrest warrant after his neighbors reported him “having children” and asked them to take them to their property. Tried, the police said in a statement. Wednesday.
According to the police, apart from the memorabilia, the authorities also found obscene material related to minors on the computer of the man.
The suspect now faces multiple charges, including illegal possession of guns, racial discrimination and possession of child pornography. Armand said a person could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the crimes.
“We are just starting the investigation, this is not a normal case. We need to find out how he got those items, from whom and from where. And now we have a problem how to store it , because it could be damaged or stolen,” Armand said.
Police said the acquisition of Nazi objects is suspected to be from illegal auctions on the Internet from different parts of the world.
The memorabilia will currently be kept at the Rio de Janeiro Police Museum.
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