I welcome your report on the decision made by a private California library to donate its iconic Nazi materials to the United States’ repository of official documents (Nuremberg laws General Patton stole given to US National Archives, 26 August). But the article tells only part of the story.

The Nuremberg laws, as you point out, “stripped German Jews of their citizenship”. The three laws, including the infamous blood law, were rubber-stamped by the Reichstag in an atmosphere of fascist pomp on 15 September 1935, and widely publicised by the world’s press the next day. In retrospect, the legislation acquired historical significance as a popular marker of the beginning of the end for European Jews.