With the opening of the Nazi war records in Bad Arolsen, Germany, historians an Holocaust survivors have access to the records detailing the horrors and atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II. This could open up new paths of how Nazi persecution worked from the inside,
Next year in 2008, the managers of the archive will have a conference of scholars to map out all the contents that have been unexplored.
Before these records were unsealed, they have been used by the International Tracing Service which is an arm of the International Red Cross. They have been used to find missing persons or to document atrocities to support claims for compensation.
The documents number more than fifty million pages that cover sixteen miles of gray metal filing.
In August, both the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC and the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem had began to receive digital copies of the records. That would allow both historians and survivors more points to access that information.