Truth Belongs To Everyone – WWII Archives Open
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – 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.
This service is offering the keys to millions of mysteries left behind by World War II. Truth should be free. Without all the facts, the public cannot make wise decisions. Withholding facts to influence uninformed decisions is criminal. Withholding facts to mask misdeeds of government is criminal.