Need access to Nazi-era documents

For a half-century, privacy concerns of the German government have kept millions of documents from the Nazi era out of the reach of Holocaust survivors. As the number of those aging survivors dwindles, it is essential that they and their relatives have access to information that could help bring some type of justice for the horrific crimes wrought by the regime of Adolf Hitler.

That is why last spring, representatives of the 11 nations that govern the International Red Cross’ International Tracing Service, which administers the Nazi-era archive, signed an agreement expanding access to the documents. But until the ratification process for the agreement is completed, it cannot be implemented.

So we’re glad to see U.S. lawmakers encouraging all 11 nations to speed up the ratification process. Thus far, only the United States and Israel have completed it.