İrem Uzun –TDO- On September 12, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires. He was in Argentina as his tour of Latin America he is the first sitting Israeli premier ever to visit the region. President Macri gave Israel thousands of World War II era documents during a visit, Netanyahu said it marks “a new dawn” in his country’s relationship with Latin America.
Many high-ranking members of the Nazi party fled to the South American country as the Third Reich collapsed. Nazi 'Angel of Death' Josef Mengele, who was known for his cruel and deadly experiments on Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp and Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann were some of the names that fled to Argentina.
The digital documents delivered by President Mauricio Macri include nearly 140,000 secret files, photographs from 1939-1950, letters, telegrams and reports that were digitized by Argentina and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. “We have delivered these digitalized historical documents about the Holocaust so that the state of Israel can make sure that they are investigated,” Macri told Netanyahu after giving him a box containing five hard drives. “This is very important for us.” The documents will clarify what help Argentina provided to Nazi criminals after the war. “It’s incredible that in 70 years of Israel, no prime minister visited any country in the Western Hemisphere south than the United States,” Netanyahu said. “We are beginning here the dawn of a new era and not accidentally we begin it here in Argentina.” At the meeting with Netanyahu, Macri said that Argentina will work together with Israel against terrorism. He also announced that Vice President Gabriela Michetti will visit Israel.