Important Nazi records were never opened to Holocaust researchers
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Eleven nations controlling a long-secret archive of Nazi documents will hold an unscheduled meeting to assess how quickly the files can be opened to researchers, officials said Wednesday.
The informal meeting, to be held in The Hague in early March, will set the stage for the annual session two months later of the International Commission, the decision-making body that supervises the massive storehouse of concentration camp records and other Nazi material in the German town of Bad Arolsen.
. . . . . The archives, set up by the Allies after World War II, have been sheltered from public scrutiny for 60 years, except for use by the Red Cross to trace missing people after the war, and later to validate victims' compensation claims. The records contain 17.5 million names.
. . . . The International Committee of the Red Cross has run the tracing service since 1955, under an agreement among the 11 countries - Germany, the United States, Israel, the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland and Italy.
. . . . . For nearly a decade, the group had wrangled over objections that disclosure would violate the privacy of some victims. The breakthrough came last year when Germany softened its opposition.
. . . . Technical experts met at Bad Arolsen in September and will meet again in February to discuss the logistics of transferring digital copies of the files -- estimated at 50 million pages -- to the archives of any of the 11 countries that wants one. So far, about 63 percent of the files have been scanned or digitized.
The lame excuse for keeping the records secret was that disclosure would violate the "privacy" of some victims. Ironically, key opposition to previously opening the records came from Germany, where Holocaust revisionism is a crime.
Also, the volume of material is astonishing -- 50 million pages. It is incredible that the Nazis recorded and saved so much material about their alleged crimes.
Also, what happened to all the IBM Hollerith punched cards which according to the book "IBM and the Holocaust" recorded much of the Nazi data?
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