On June 3, 1889, a man named Bernhard Förster, who had settled a colony of Germans in deep Paraguay, mixed morphine with strychnine in a hotel room in the Paraguayan city of San Bernardino. He was 46 years old and his project of an Aryan colony with which he intended to Germanize the Guarani territory had just failed.
His widow, Elizabeth, reported that Förster, one of the most notorious anti-Semitic agitators in Germany, had died of natural causes. The newspapers of the time confirmed that he had committed suicide.
Elizabeth was faced with the debts generated by . . .