Red Cross could end management role at Nazi archive


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The governors of a newly opened archive of Nazi-era documents said Tuesday they will consider ending the 60-year role of the Red Cross in running the historically invaluable storehouse.

At its annual meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the 11-nation commission that oversees the International Tracing Service decided to review the archive’s administrative structure. A panel will report its conclusions to the next annual meeting, spokeswoman Kathrin Flor said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says that with the generation of Holocaust survivors dying out, the archive’s humanitarian mission is ending and will shift toward historic research.

Millions of documents stored in the German town of Bad Arolsen were used for decades to help uncover the fate of Holocaust victims, slave laborers, displaced persons and others who suffered under the Nazi regime.

The archive was finally opened to the families of victims and to historians late last year.