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Diamond trafficking and Nazi spies: how Hitler’s secret agent network worked in Argentina and Brazil

By Daniel Cecchini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It was the last days of May 1944 when a delegation from the Argentine Federal Police traveled especially from Buenos Aires to Santa Fe to carry out a raid. The objective was the Simbol ranch, in Las Avispas, a place a few kilometers north of the provincial capital.

Its owner was the Argentine of German origin Enrique Kusters, an elderly man who lived alone with a housekeeper, the German Edwig Poleman. The police were not looking for them, although they were taken into custody, but rather the tenants who occupied the ranch's . . .

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