Row Over Holocaust Archives Threatens US-German Relations
While some files, like these in Berlin, are accessible, the Bad Arolsen archive is not
Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: While some files, like these in Berlin, are accessible, the Bad Arolsen archive is not

Germany and the United States are warming up for a fresh diplomatic row over plans to open a huge collection of files from the Holocaust that has never been seen by historians or the general public.

The United States wants the International Tracing Service’s collection, one of the world’s largest from the Nazi era which includes files on more than 17 million people, to be made available to historians.

Germany has so far refused to allow the archive at Bad Arolsen to be opened fearing it could lead to lawsuits claiming that personal details were given out illegally.

The German government and the tracing service insist the personal files, many of which refer to victims of the Holocaust, cannot be immediately released because of international agreements and German privacy laws. MORE.