Those Documents . . .

Deep in the former barracks of the Waffen-SS, tales of death and displacement by the Nazi Party have been neatly locked away from the public for half a century.

The 16 miles of files in drab cabinets and neat binders have been off-limits out of concern for the privacy of Holocaust victims. But now, for the first time, the archives are being opened to victims, their families and Holocaust scholars.

At 3:40 into the podcast comes this:

“There was this period of shock where survivors didn’t talk about it.  It was only many years afterwards when they began thinking, you know, ‘If I don’t speak, my families will never know what I went through,’ and so on.  And really, that’s where our bulk of knowlege came from, you know, in the past ten or twenty years.”

Granddad never did talk about his experience fighting his cousins in Germany during WWII, but unlike most “Holocaust survivors,” he had something to show for it–a missing leg. 

Interestingly, when he describes the longest lists, he only mentions the ones of “deportees.”  I will be watching this and will put forth my analysis as soon as there is enough information.  Along the way, I assure you that I will be one of the bloggers asking questions a functioning news media would be asking.

· West Fargo Pioneer ·

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