Holocaust Museum opens UN archive on WWII crimes


WASHINGTON (AP) — From Adolf Hitler down to the bureaucrats who staffed Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast investigative files. Now, for the first time, the public can view the complete files.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has obtained a full copy of the U.N. War Crimes Commission archive. It has been held for the past 70 years under restricted access at the United Nations. On Thursday, the museum will announce that it has made the entire digital archive freely available to visitors in its research room.

Although the information in the documents has long been known to investigators and historians, the public was kept out.

Many of the people named in the archive were never held accountable.

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