May 25, 2022

“Opening of UN Files on Holocaust Will ‘Rewrite Chapters of History,” Catalog Available Online This Week

From The Guardian:

War crimes files revealing early evidence of Holocaust death camps that was smuggled out of eastern Europe are among tens of thousands of files to be made public for the first time this week.

The once-inaccessible archive of the UN war crimes commission, dating back to 1943, is being opened by the Wiener Library in London with a catalogue that can be searched online.


“The UN War Crimes Commission catalogue, which can be searched online, will be available through our website this week,” the library’s archivist, Howard Falksohn, said. “People will then be able to come in and look through the archive itself.

“We anticipate a lot of interest. Some of the PDF files [on to which the 900GB UN archive has been copied] each contain more than 2,000 pages. This is the first time they will be available to anyone in the UK. It may well be that people will be able to rewrite crucial chapters of history using the new evidence.”

Read the Complete Article (about 870 words)

UPDATE April 18  Opening of the United Nations War Crimes Commission Archive at The Wiener Library

Please note that while it will be possible to search the archive finding aid via The Wiener Library’s online catalogue, access to the individual archive files themselves will not be made available online.

UPDATE April 18 See Also:  War Crimes Archive Reveals Early Evidence Of Holocaust Death Camps
Audio report from NPR.


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