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Germany opens Holocaust archives

Country agrees to open Nazi-era archives that contain some 50 million documents. Move demonstrates Germany had faced its responsibility for that chapter in history, US Holocaust Museum official says
Jessica Kendler

After 60 years, the German government has agreed to open up one of the largest archives dating from the Nazi-era that contains approximately 50 million documents.

Stored in the German town of Bad Arolsen, the files reveal the fates of 17 million people subjected to forced labor, medical experimentation, and execution in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Previously, only select relatives of the people listed in these files were granted access to the archives, and the information disclosed was severely restricted, often taking years to emerge.