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In an article they quote

Maria Raabe, spokeswoman for the archive, said: "The Bonn agreements state clearly that the archives should not be opened to historical researchers. There are a large number of documents dealing with sensitive issues such as disease, homosexuality or rape." She said the committee would meet in mid-May at the earliest to reach a decision.

My initial reaction to your article, was Woah, I didn;t know that existed, why did I not know this. All the holocaust deniers would have a much tougher time to do their business, with an archive detailing individuals.

Having read the spoleswomans comment I can understand one of the reasons why it has not been made more public.

I am not familiar enough with the policies of the Birtler Behoerde (which hosts all the Stasi documents). but I assume (based on nothing) that their experience might have lead to a reassesment of the enourmously strict access that existed for this holocaust archive, since they have "similarly detailed information".

So in conclusion, my opinion would be, access not to rummage, while individuals are still alive, but with specific research questions and anonymised results. Those are being presented to the researchers by the archive personnel, that can blacken out individual information that is too sensitive.
No direct access for historians.

by PeWi on Thu Apr 20th, 2006 at 01:14:24 PM EST

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