A Nazi diary has recently been made public online, and though this long-lost document has been missing for years, the recently found-again diary of a close aide to Adolf Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, is piquing the interest of many people. Having been brought into the possession of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum this week to be unveiled, Yahoo! News shares this Tuesday, Dec.17, that the words of this Nazi figure being brought into the public spotlight are important so that they become open to national discussion and education.
The Nazi diary records many of Rosenberg’s experiences while serving under Hitler as one of his closest confidantes and political aides. Rosenberg served as a leading official in the Nazi party’s foreign affairs department, as well as the Reich Minister for the expanding Occupied Eastern Territories. According to expert historians, it is no new knowledge that Rosenberg had been keeping a diary on the exploits of Hitler’s terrible regime. In fact, it was frequently cited during the Nuremberg trials, where military leaders of the past Nazi Germany were charged with crimes against humanity and war atrocities. Some pieces of the documents were even published in the U.S. National Archives.
“However, the majority of the Nazi manuscript, which is more than 400 pages and covers a span of years ranging from 1936 through 1944, only resurfaced into possession recently this year. The papers have since been authenticated by the nationally known museum, and historians hope that the papers might provide new insights on the politics of the Nazi leaders and the mass murder of the Jewish people.”
Where did the Nazi diary first come from? It was in fact brought over the ocean over 50 years ago by an American lawyer who played a pivotal role in trying to earn justice for the many Jews and others who died under the cruelty of Adolf Hitler, his close aides, and his entire political system.
“The German-born American lawyer Robert Kempner, who served as a prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials, brought the diary to the United States. According to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Kempner had received permission from the Office of the Chief of Counsel of War Crimes to keep unclassified documents "for purposes of writing, lecturing and study" after the trials ended and Rosenberg was hanged in 1946.”
Although they were recently retrieved from a former colleague of the Kempner family, the museum unfortunately notes that it appears several important pieces of Rosenberg’s Nazi diary are still missing. It is unknown if they are still in the possession of the German-American records after having passed hands or were simply lost as the decades went by. It is hopeful that these documents might shed light on more details of what happened, according to Rosenberg’s personal account in his diary, for more Americans to become aware of the past.