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Jesse Martin (Pathoschild)
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*Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 18:44*
*An 11-country commission decides to start transferring Nazi archives*
Diplomats from eleven nations reached an agreement Tuesday to start
distributing electronic copies of documents from Nazi archives kept at
Bad Arolsen (Germany, <http://fr.fc.yahoo.com/a/allemagne.html>), in
order to make them available to Shoah researchers for the first time
in more than fifty years.
The eleven nations supervising the International Service of
Researchers (SIR), a branch of the International Red Cross Committee
which manages the Bad Arolsen archives, decided to start the transfer
of scanned documents as soon as possible.
This measure circumvents the legal obligation to keep the documents
confidential as long as the assembly of eleven nations hasn't ratified
the 2006 accord on the opening of the archives (four nations have not
done so). The Tuesday decision should accelerate the distribution of
the documents by a few months.
The Yad Vashem memorial at Jerusalem saluted the measure. "I am
delighted to see this project advancing," declared director Avner
Until now, the vast archives on the death, the
ml>, or the oppression
of 17 million Jews, Roms, and other victims of the death camps were
only accessible to victims and certain members of their family, and
were used to find the vanished or support requests for
The archives contain 30 million documents, arrayed on 25 kilometers of
shelves. The decision to accelerate their transfer to the national
archives of the eleven nations aims to avoid new delays in their
opening to historians and victims' families.
According to the protocol concluded last year, a single copy of each
document will be available in each of the eleven nations and may be
consulted "in appropriate archive locations". Each government will be
required to take into account "the sensitive nature of certain
information" contained in the documents.
The seven nations who ratified the 2006 protocol, which modified a
1955 treaty, are the United States
<http://fr.news.yahoo.com/p/pologne.html>, Germany, Belgium
<http://fr.fc.yahoo.com/b/belgique.html>, les Pays-Bas and Great
Britain <http://fr.fc.yahoo.com/r/ru.html>. On the other hand, Greece,
Italy <http://fr.fc.yahoo.com/i/italie.html>, and Luxembourg have not
yet ratified. AP