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Lost Diary of Hitler Confidant Alfred Rosenberg Found

Diary may provide new information about the Nazis

By: Daniel Koren
Published: June 11th, 2013 in News » World
Alfred Rosenberg at the Nuremberg Trials

A newly discovered diary of one of Adolf Hitler’s closest confidants, Alfred Rosenberg, may provide new information and shed a new perspective on the Nazi Party, who ushered in one of the darkest periods in human history with the Holocaust, where millions perished in extermination camps and labour camps.

Rosenberg, a high-ranking Nazi officer who acted as Editor of the Nazi Newspaper and as Director of their Foreign Affairs Department, wrote recurrently in the 400-page diary of the secret, high-level meetings he was often involved in, according an assessment of the diary by Reuters, and prepared by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rosenberg also was also the Director of the Nazi’s systematic looting and pillaging of Jewish art, cultural, and religious property throughout Europe.

An assessment also notes that Heinrich Himmler, Herman Goering, and other prominent members of the Nazi Party were often present for these meetings, and that the diary also includes details of Germany’s unsuccessful occupation of the Soviet Union.

“The documentation is of considerable importance for the study of the Nazi era, including the history of the Holocaust,” the Holocaust Memorial Museum reportedly announced. The diary is said to shed a new light “on a number of important issues relating to the Third Reich’s policy.”

The diary consists of entries dating from the spring of 1936 to the winter of 1944, which is just months before Germany surrendered to the Allies, and offers Rosenberg’s personal recollections on the events that transpired throughout that time. It also offers rare content regarding crises within the German high-command.

After the war, and during the Nuremberg Trials, Rosenberg would be convicted of crimes against humanity. He was executed in October 1946 along with a dozen other senior Nazi officials. Several passages in his diary would act as evidence throughout the trial. The diary, though held by the Nuremberg prosecutors as a form of evidence, disappeared without a trace after the trial.

One rumour suggested that a Nuremberg prosecutor, Robert Kempner, smuggled the diary into the United States. Kempner, who is credited with helping reveal the Wannsee Protocol, the 1942 conference where the Nazis planned the ‘Final Solution,’ had cited many passages of the diary in his memoirs.

But U.S. officials had never succeeded in locating the diary, that is, until earlier this year, when a Homeland Security investigation was able to track the diary to Kempner’s former secretary, Herbert Richardson, who was living near Buffalo.

Richardson has declined to comment at this time.

The recovery of the diary is expected to be announced later this week at a news conference in Delaware, held by officials from the Holocaust Museum, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Justice. More details regarding the diary are set to be announced at the conference as well.

Related articles: Adolf Hitler, Confidant, Alfred Rosenberg, Investigation, Nazis, Nuremberg Trials, Third Reich, Holocaust Memorial Museum
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