Law Co-Authored by Rep. Maloney

Leads to Release of New Nazi War Crimes Records

-Documents Show that CIA Knew Where to Find

Holocaust Architect Eichmann But Failed to Bring Him to Justice-

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG) released new records detailing the U.S. Government’s contact with Nazi war criminals. The documents show that the CIA knew the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, the chief architect of the Holocaust, but failed to take action to arrest the notorious Nazi war criminal.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who helped author and pass the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, which created the IWG, was on hand for the release of the records. Yesterday’s release included 27,000 documents; in total, more than eight million pages of records have been declassified as a result of the IWG’s work.

“These records show that there was a closer relationship between the U.S. government and Nazi war criminals than we previously thought,” said Rep. Maloney. “It’s shocking that the CIA knew where to find one of the most evil men in human history but did nothing to bring him to justice.

“While these revelations are unsettling,” Maloney continued, “they are also crucial to our understanding of history. Every year that goes by, there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors alive to witness the truth. After enduring such loss and tragedy, they have earned the right to understand the role of the U.S. government in the history of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

“As the IWG winds down and finishes its mandate, we must learn from the past and ensure that our government never again engages war criminals and tries to cover up the truth. I look forward to hearing what historians will have to say about this latest disclosure.”

Last year, Maloney and Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) successfully appealed to CIA Director Porter Goss to issue a mandate requiring the CIA to fully cooperate with IWG investigators. The CIA had been the only federal agency to withhold documents from the working group, while agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury and the Department of State all followed the letter of the law. For further information about Maloney’s and DeWine’s efforts, please see: http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=61 and

http://maloney.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156&Itemid=61 .

Additional information about the IWG can be accessed through the group’s website: http://www.archives.gov/iwg .

Background:

After reading reports in 1994 that the U.S. government was refusing to disclose 40 year-old records on known Nazi and former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, Rep. Maloney started a seven-year crusade to declassify U.S. intelligence agency documents on the Holocaust and our post-war interactions with former Nazis. In 1998, the Congresswoman authored and eventually passed The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, H.R. 4007. In 2005, Maloney, along with Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, introduced and passed legislation that extended the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act for two years, to 2007. The Interagency Working Group was set to expire on March 31, 2005, even though it had just begun to get access to hundreds of thousands of pages of previously classified documents from the CIA. The two-year extension guarantees that the working group’s final report will be thorough and complete.

In 2001, the IWG uncovered a document showing that the United States may have learned about the Holocaust earlier than previously known. A November 24, 1941 dispatch from the Chilean consul in Prague to the Chilean government, believed to have been intercepted by British intelligence, stated that “the Jewish problem is being partially solved in the (Nazi) Protectorate, as it has been decided to eradicate all the Jews and send some to Poland…The German triumph will leave Europe freed of Semites…” This document appeared in the files of the United States Coordinator of Information (COI), a predecessor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Central Intelligence Agency, by March 20, 1942 – one of the earliest indications in British and U.S. files of the overall Nazi policy toward the Jewish population of Europe.