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Nazi diary now at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: Online for public viewing

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The Nazi diary, which is now in the hands of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been posted online. The museum posted the Nazi diary with hopes of giving researchers a tool for a deeper look into Adolf Hitler’s thinking about the mass extermination of Jews, according to the ABC News on Dec. 17.

The diary was kept by a confidant of Adolf Hitler and it is known today as the Rosenberg Diary. The diary had been missing since the end of the Nuremberg war crime trials in 1946.

The museum has worked for years at trying to get their hands on the diary. An academic publisher in upstate New York was the most recent home for the diary. The U.S. government officially transferred the possession of the diary to the museum. The diary consists of 425 pages, both handwritten and typed.

The documentation in the diary spans 10 years starting in 1934. The diary was in the possession of Robert Kempner, a Nuremberg prosecutor, who first took the book in the late 1940s. His possession of the diary was “contrary to law and proper procedure," according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. This agency spearheaded the diary’s recovery.

The Nazi Diary is online for public viewing here on the Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

The museum was in possession of some of the early pages used in the Nuremberg trials, but the majority of the diary needed to be tracked down.

Kempner had the missing pages of the diary until his death in 1993, it was then traced to the outskirts of Buffalo, N.Y. and to the home of an academic publisher Herbert Warren Richardson. He received the diary pages from one of Kempner’s assistants. The vast majority of the pages of this diary were missing, but now they are together and in one place.

Today it is in its “rightful home,” a place where it will stay safe in the future. Although it documents an evil time in history, it is an important piece, so this evil done at the hands of human beings will never be forgotten. It could be that the diary holds some insight on how to ensure that this piece of history never repeats itself in any country.

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