Hidden files with early evidence of Nazi war crimes to be opened to the public
Tens of thousands of hidden files revealing early evidence of Nazi war crimes, death camps and genocide will be accessible to the public for the first time this week, according the Guardian.
The collection contains detailed personal accounts of Nazi death camps such as Treblinka and Aushwitz where millions of Jews were murdered. The accounts had been smuggled out of Nazi occupied Europe.
The files, dating back to 1943, were used by the United Nations War Crimes Commission to put Nazis on trial for war crimes but were closed in the 1940s when West Germany was made an American ally and several Nazi criminals were granted release by US senator Joseph McCarthy who lobbied to end war crimes trials.
The archive is being opened by the Weiner Library in London and will be accessible online.
The files also contain over 300 pages detailing commands and orders made by Adolf Hitler, collected in order to indict him.
Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at Soas in the University of London Dan Plesch, who was allowed special access to the files, asserted that their public release exemplifies a landmark shift in the study of genocide and "is a huge resource for combating Holocaust denial."
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