Monday, January 15, 2007

Miles of Holocaust Records Opened to the Public

This came to me via Screenqwen. It requires a fast connection, so please don't attempt with just a dial-up connection. As the note says, it is very moving.

This story was aired on Sunday, Dec. 17 (7PM ET/PT on CBS) on “60 MINUTES” about a long-secret German archive that houses a treasure trove of information on 17.5 million victims of the Holocaust. The archive, located in the German town of Bad Arolsen , is massive (there are 16 miles of shelving containing 50 million pages of documents) and until recently, was off-limits to the public. But after the German government agreed earlier this year to open the archives, CBS News’ Scott Pelley traveled there with three Jewish survivors who were able to see their own Holocaust records. It’s an incredibly moving piece, all the more poignant in the wake of this week’s meeting of Holocaust deniers in Iran . We’re trying to get word out about the story to people who have a special interest in this subject.

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