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SHARKHUNTERS International
2017 July "South American Expedition"

On the trail of the 3rd Reich in - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay
     Mengele!     Müller!     Two women who "died" in a bunker in 1945

This page begins as an overview of Paraguay and to show the viewer just how primitive and remote this country is today so that you may imagine how much closer to the Stone Age it was when people of the 3rd Reich arrived here for sanctuary.

 
     
 
     
 

Above, left and below - we stopped for a light snack in a restaurant; at least the sign said it was a restaurant.

No need to go to the restroom to wash up as there is a wash sink (left) in the restaurant between a couple tables.

Below we see a staple of Paraguayan food.  It is sort of a bagel made of corn.  I had a Coke for breakfast.......

     
 
     
 
     

As we have already stated, Paraguay is a beautiful but primitive country.  Photos above are three-wheel motorcycle trucks and there are a lot of these vehicles here.

Along the highway (photo right) we pass through a natural tunnel of trees.

Paraguay is largely made up of red clay (photos below).  Weren't traces of this type of Paraguayan clay found in the skull of Martin Bormann when his skeleton was so fortunately "discovered" in Berlin some years ago?

As we drove through the little town of Santa Rio and passed the beautiful Hotel Stauffenberg!  Interesting name for such a hotel here in a little Paraguayan village.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

Above, left and below - we are in the little village of Bella Vista in the town museum.  As the town was founded by Germans, everything in the museum was German including the Daimler 'PUCH' motorcycle seen here.  The curator was an older German lady who had lived here all her life and I tried to converse with her in German but my pitiful little bit of German is hochdeutsch while she spoke plattdeutsch with a heavy Paraguayan Spanish accent and she was speaking so rapidly, it was an impossible for me to keep up so we went back to Spanish with FRANCO translating.

She asked why we were here and I told her the truth; that we were gathering historical information on people of the 3rd Reich who had come here after the war.  When I mentioned Dr. Josef Mengele, her face clouded up and she said that she didn't like him.  She said that he did help the people and saved many lives in the next village, called Hohenau.

     
 
     




Then I showed the lady of my best-selling book.  She looked at it, especially at the photo of Adolf Hitler - and her face softened then lit up in a big smile.  She nodded approvingly.  We said our goodbyes and went on our way.

A short way up the road we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Papillion Restaurant (photos right and below).  In this primitive and backwoods area, it was great to find a nice, pleasant restaurant with great food.

 
     

 

     

It was late when we returned to our hotel and we went to the restaurant on the top floor for light snacks before turning in for the night.  I went up to the rooftop to take this photo across the Paraná River and again I let my mind wander back many decades and I wondered - who crossed this river to safety so many years ago?

 


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