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The files, which will be made available by the London-based Wiener Library with an online-searchable catalog on April 21, provide evidence that the allied forces were aware of the large-scale murders of Jews as early as December 1942, the Independent reports.
The files include “extraordinarily detailed” accounts of victims inside the concentration camps where millions of Jews were gassed, according to the Guardian.
However, despite this knowledge, the allied governments did little to aid those at risk.
Until now, only researchers authorized by both their national governments and the UN’s secretary-general were allowed to view the WWII records – without taking any notes or copies.
Author and historian Dan Plesch, who just released a book on the files after studying the documents for a decade, said they are a “huge resource for combating Holocaust denial.”
“The German national authorities were never given access to the archive by the allies after the war. All of this has never seen the light of day,” Plesch added.