14 June 2013

Nazi diary discovered

Alfred Rosenberg, one of the most notorious members of the Third Reich and of the Nazi Party during World War II, was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi racial state, mass murder of the Jewish people, planning and conduct of World War II and the occupation of Soviet territory. His diaries – known as “The Rosenberg Diary” could obviously provide historians a wealth of personal information about Rosenberg, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Federal officials and representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington have recovered this diary. 

"This important record of the crimes of the Third Reich and the Holocaust is now preserved for all to see, study and learn from. The work of combating the international theft of cultural heritage is a key part of our work, and no matter how long these items may appear to be lost to history, that hard but important work will continue." said Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Director John Morton. 

"Although it is a reminder of a dark time, the Rosenberg Diary is important to our understanding of history. Our hope is that it will provide valuable insight to historians." U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III. 

Rosenberg served as head of the Nazi party's foreign affairs department and as the Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories, which included the Baltic States, Ukraine and parts of Belorussia. As Reich Minister, Rosenberg played a significant role in the mass murder of the Jewish people in the Occupied Eastern Territories, as well as the deportation of civilians to forced labor camps to support the German war effort.

He was a defendant at the Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1945 to 1946 (seen here). He was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment for conspiracy to commit aggressive warfare, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Rosenberg was hanged Oct. 16, 1946

PHOTO:
The photo is from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which in turn used the photo from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

NOTE:
This information was provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

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