Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nazi Documents Unsealed After 60 Years Offer Deeper Look At Holocaust

Nazi Documents Unsealed After 60 Years Offer Deeper Look At Holocaust

After more than 60 years, Nazi documents stored in a vast warehouse in Germany were unsealed Wednesday, opening a rich resource for Holocaust historians and for survivors to delve into their own tormented past.

The treasure of documents could open new avenues of study into the inner workings of Nazi persecution from the exploitation of slave labor to the conduct of medical experiments. The archive's managers planned a conference of scholars next year to map out its unexplored contents.

The files entrusted to the International Tracing Service, an arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross, have been used until now to help find missing persons or document atrocities to support compensation claims. The U.S. government also has referred to the ITS for background checks on immigrants it suspected of lying about their past.

Inquiries were handled by the archive's 400 staff members in the German spa town of Bad Arolsen. Few outsiders were allowed to see the actual documents, which number more than 50 million pages and cover 16 linear miles of gray metal filing cabinets and cardboard binders spread over six buildings.

On Wednesday, the Red Cross and the German government announced that the last of the 11 countries that govern the archive had ratified a 2006 agreement to open the files to the public for the first time.



Anonymous CASSIE said...

We need to get all this stuff out in the open and above board that it may never be forgotten.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad they couldn't have released this prior to that ""Holocaust'' Conference in Tehran some time back. Might have helped. You think? However, if you would want to see just how reflexivly and earnestly Germans got on board with annilating the Jews, you can do no better than to read Daniel Goldhagens masterful work "Hitlers willing Executioners; Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust''. Its staggering and horrifying in its scope. J"Mac.

4:39 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

These files need to be open and presented to the matter how horrifying. We all need to read them so that we never forget the atrocities.

11:11 PM  

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