Irritations Over Holocaust Records

By Craig Whitlock, of the Washington Post

Boxed away in a former Nazi SS barracks in this central German town is the core of one of the largest collections of historical documents from World War II. All told, the archive contains 50 million records that list the names of 17.5 million people, including concentration camp prisoners, forced laborers and other victims of the Third Reich.

For 60 years, the International Committee of the Red Cross has used the documents to trace the missing and the dead, especially those of the Holocaust. But the archive has remained off-limits to historians and the public, fueling an increasingly bitter dispute among Holocaust researchers, Jewish groups and the 11 nations that oversee the collection.

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  1. It is said that the Red Cross processes around 150.000 applications for information from that archive each year, which suggests very extensive research, despite the slant of WP’s column.

    While sympathising with those seeking free access, I fear they will have to be patient. Every country classifies its archives to some extent.

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