An agreement has been reached between three nations that will open Germany’s Holocaust records to researchers and journalists. The countries involved are Israel, Germany, and the United Sattes. Other nations may sign on in the near future.
The agreement was brokered with the help of the Red Cross’ International Tracing Service. This organization was set up to track World War II’s missing. The group oversees the archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.
This is a change in protocol over the agreement made in 1955. Then it as determined only Holocaust victims or their immediate family members could view the records. As that generation ages, there is a pressing need to open the archives for wider use.
The Nazi archive includes 30 million records on the Holocaust. Every aspect of concentration cap life and death was recorded, so these records are indespensible to researchers. This horrific part of human history should be widely researched or we are doomed to repeat it.