Justice gives Holocaust papers to museum

Dec. 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department turned over more than 50,000 pages of records on the prosecution of Nazi criminals to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Tuesday.

During a ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the records were possibly the biggest collection of English-language primary source materials that document Nazi prosecutions outside of the immediate post-war Allied cases in Europe.

"It is our hope that this donation will help both to advance our understanding of those who perpetrated the horror of the Holocaust, which will strengthen our ability to resist such people," Mukasey said, "and to deepen our knowledge of the Holocaust's victims, which will help preserve their memory."

The documents include transcripts of more than 40 trials and hearings, and decisions in all cases brought by the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, including many that have never been published, he said.

A second set of these decisions will be donated to Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, the attorney general said.

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