The Daily Currant’s own Gwyneth McCarthy documented the sentiment going into the World Cup Final as she traveled through Corrientes, Argentina where the production crew noticed very distinct German music coming from a small basement pub.
McCarthy and crew investigated further and were surprised at what they saw. “An old pool table, an old black and white TV in the corner, and at the bar sat several former Nazis in full uniform.”
After the Second World War many Nazis fled to South America to avoid prosecution. Many – including Adolf Eichmann – were eventually hunted down and tried for their crimes.
It was estimated that in 1999 at least 180 indicted Nazi war criminals still lived in Argentina, although many have presumably died in the last decade.
Our intrigued reporter talked to 96-year-old Hermann Kaltenbrunner. Kaltenbrunner had been an guard during the Battle of Berlin and served most of his teen years following the lead of Heinrich Luitpold Himmler.
“On one hand Argentina has allowed us to live comfortably for 65 years,” he says. “On the other hand we enjoyed our time in Germany. It’s tearing me up inside. It’s the hardest decision of my life.
“This will probably be our last World Cup. It’d be great if they both won. But Israel didn’t even make the tournament. So at least we have that.
Asked if they were worried about being caught, an old man in a wheelchair said, “Israel has other worries.”
With only a few remaining Nazis still living, observers suggest the next World Cup will be the first to be completely free of Third Reich viewers. Ninety-nine percent of World Cup fans are excited about the notion.
We Need to Talk About Adolf
Our intrepid correspondent then traveled to Buenos Aires where Pope Francis was in his home country to root for Argentina against the favored Germany.
“I’ve always dreamed of another World Cup. I remember the glory of 1986; it brought hope and joy to the masses,” he said at the Bosques de Palermo park in front of a happy crowd.
The Pope and the German-born former Pope Benedict have waged a friendly bet for 30 cakes of fig.
“It’s all good fun. With all the tragedy going on in the world today from disease and malnutrition it is nice for the world to come together in the name of sport,” the holy man said. “Let’s lead this goodness into our souls and hearts.”
Cheers broke out as the crowd began singing their football teams battle song.
Later, the crowd began to disband and the Pontiff was asked about the fugitive Nazi’s dilemma. The Pope declined to comment.