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Expedition in the Land of the Gaucho

Day 2 of this expedition...........

We continue to form a foundation for our further research as we visit even more interesting places in Buenos Aires.  Come along with us.

Our first stop was a vibrant shipyard where Argentina Navy and Prefectura (Coast Guard) ships are built and maintained.  They repair and maintain merchant and civilian ships as well.

As you can imagine, we were not allowed to shoot photos of the submarines - especially the German design 209 Class ocean going submarine they are building - but with nuclear drive.

 

Inside - this shipyard was designed after a working German shipyard; it is very efficient.

  We were able to film the slipway outside, as long as we did not film the submarines.
     
 

We were allowed to film this boat, SAN LUIS.  She is decommissioned and will soon be made into a memorial and she has a great history.  This boat saw action in the war in the Falklands/Malvinas and she actually penetrated the Royal Navy's ASW screen.  She got into position and torpedoed several British ships.  The problem was - they had the same experience with her torpedoes as the Kriegsmarine did and the US Navy did in the early days of World War Two.  The torpedoes made a loud "CLANK!" as they hit - but failed to detonate.  Maybe the result of that war could have been different; who knows?

Who doesn't know the name "EVITA"?  This was a woman who rose to power by marrying the strongman who took power in Argentina.  She loved her people, especially the poor and impoverished workers whom she called "the shirtless ones".  She had offices in a massive building that is now the College of Engineering and we visit here.  The dean of the college and five of his professors were our guides.  Eight huge statues graced the upper portions of the college - six were ancient figures while one was Juan Peron and one was Evita.  As Peron was being overthrown, the Air Force strafed this building and shot the head off the statue of Evita - and one of her fingers.  By pure luck, a woman was on the sidewalk below and caught the finger.
 

 

The College of Engineering - at the top we see four dark places.  This is where four of the eight statues stood.  The other four were at the opposite end.

 

This is the bathroom in Evita's office.  The original marble is still on the walls, the original bathtub and original faucets is still here.

     
 

In another building, Evita's body was lying in state in this room for three years after her death.  When Peron was ousted from power in the 1950's, her body was 'kidnapped' by the victorious junta and moved to Milan where it remained for twelve years.  With Peron's return to power her body was returned to Buenos Aires and placed in the Duarte family crypt in a beautiful cemetery in the city.
 

In addition, we visited many of the buildings that figured into the history of the Third Reich in Buenos Aires such as the Banco Transatlantico Allemann and the Banco Allemann where massive sums of money were laundered into Argentina from the Reich as well as tall buildings built by men who owned construction companies - who had been in the Reich until 1945 such as the Alas Building, the Martins Building, the Goethe Building and others of similar nature.

It was time for lunch and we were hungry, so we had our midday meal at the ABC Restaurant only a few blocks from my hotel.  It was no accident or random choice - this is the restaurant where Doctor Josef Mengele and Adolf Eichmann frequently met for lunch.  The decor inside has not changed since those days.  It was a good lunch - and it was as if we had been transported back in time as we looked at all the Germanic paintings on the wall.

 

 

As the sun comes up over the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, we see just another way the Porteneos show their love for Evita.

It was less than two decades ago when it was a crime to even mention the name Peron, but now the Peronist Party is the biggest political party in Argentina and the images of Juan and especially Evita are everywhere.

Look on the side of this large downtown Buenos Aires building.......

 
     
 
     

This nine-story tall image of Evita depicts her during one of her many fiery speeches.

She packed a lot in her very short life.....

Thanks to Martîn Gomez for these photos.

 


 

 

Then there was Luna Park..........

This sports and event stadium is much like Madison Square Garden.  Sports contests are held here and famous singers appear here as well like Madonna and Justin Bieber.

But in the 1930's............

We know that the Third Reich was very big in the United states and Fritz Kühn organized rallies for the Reich in places like Madison Square Garden..........but did you know the same held true for Buenos Aires in the 1930's here in Luna Park?

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     

One of the biggest rallies was to celebrate the Anschluß when Germany and Austria came together to form Großdeutschland (Greater Germany).  There will be more about this in our book.  What book?  Watch for the announcement.

 

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