Monday, June 10, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. finds long-lost diary of top Nazi leader, Hitler aide

WASHINGTON - The government has recovered 400 pages from the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler who played a central role in the extermination of millions of Jews and others during World War Two.

Defendant Alfred Rosenberg, the former Chief Nazi 
Party Ideologist, sits in his jail cell during the International 
Military Tribunal trial of war criminals at Nuremberg in this photograph
 taken by a United States Army Signal Corps photographer in Nuremberg on
 November 24, 1945. REUTERS/United States 
Army Signal Corps/Handout 
 
Defendant Alfred Rosenberg, the former Chief Nazi Party Ideologist, sits in his jail cell during the International Military Tribunal trial of war criminals at Nuremberg in this photograph taken by a United States Army Signal Corps photographer in Nuremberg on November 24, 1945. 

A preliminary U.S. government assessment reviewed by Reuters asserts the diary could offer new insight into meetings Rosenberg had with Hitler and other top Nazi leaders, including Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goering. It also includes details about the German occupation of the Soviet Union, including plans for mass killings of Jews and other Eastern Europeans.

"The documentation is of considerable importance for the study of the Nazi era, including the history of the Holocaust," according to the assessment, prepared by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. "A cursory content analysis indicates that the material sheds new light on a number of important issues relating to the Third Reich's policy. The diary will be an important source of information to historians that complements, and in part contradicts, already known documentation."

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