Sunday, April 15, 2007

Holocaust in mind

Today is Yom HaShoah, remembrance day for the victims of the Holocaust.

In December, a very large, previously restricted archive of Holocaust-related material was opened to the public, at the German town of Bad Arolsen. It was collected by the Red Cross at the end of the war from materials captured by Allied forces or turned over by German officials. It contains over 50 million pages of documents on all aspects of the Nazi genocide, including, but not limited to, its six million Jewish victims. It covers others subjected to enslavement and mass murder as well - certain Slavic nations (Poles and Serbs), Russian POWs, and Gypsies, among others. The mechanics of genocide are preserved with unnerving and sometimes bizarre thoroughness.

In December, the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes carried this 13-minute segment on the archive. The main article is here.

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