Nations Are Urged To Open Nazi Files

Associated Press
Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Jewish leader who survived the Holocaust as a boy by hiding in basements and attics urged countries to speed the opening of vast files on Nazi concentration camps and their victims.

Leo Rechter, president of the U.S.-based National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors, told Congress yesterday that Nazi war records stored in the German town of Bad Arolsen should be opened quickly for a dying generation of survivors. Rechter is an Austrian Jew whose family fled to Belgium after his father was killed at Auschwitz

The hearing was aimed at stepping up pressure on an 11-nation body that oversees the archive.

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