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Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary

Published on Dec 18, 2013 6:09 AM
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Pages from the diary of German Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg are displayed at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Dec 17, 2013 as the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency hands over the document to the museum. The United States (US) Holocaust Memorial Museum took possession on Tuesday of a Nazi war criminal's long-lost diary and posted it online to help researchers decipher the thinking behind Adolf Hitler's "final solution". -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) Holocaust Memorial Museum took possession on Tuesday of a Nazi war criminal's long-lost diary and posted it online to help researchers decipher the thinking behind Adolf Hitler's "final solution".

The Rosenberg Diary, kept by a confidant of Adolf Hitler whose racist theories underpinned Nazi Germany's annihilation of six million Jews and five million others, had been missing since the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials ended in 1946.

For years the museum had been working with US judicial officials and law enforcement agents to recover Alfred Rosenberg's writings, most recently in the hands of an upstate New York publisher.

"Today that search ends," said museum director Sara Bloomfield at a ceremony where the US government formally transferred possession of the 425 pages of typed and handwritten papers.

 
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