Thursday, July 4, 2013

Letter to USHMM re Rosenberg Diary

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126

03 July 2013

Attention: Senior Advisor on Archives, Henry Mayer

Dear Senior Advisor Mayer-

I am writing with regard to documents that were taken from the Nuremberg International War Crimes Tribunal by the American Prosecutor Robert Kempner. It has been reported that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "senior archivist," Henry Mayer, believes these writings could be the most revealing Nazi documents ever found.

Since Robert Kempner is suspected of the spoliation of evidence favorable to the Nuremberg defendants, since the documents have been reported as having been illegally taken by a Mr. Herbert Warren Richardson, and since earlier press releases describe the "diary as various pages, some not in Mr. Rosenberg's handwriting. Most entries are written in Rosenberg’s looping cursive, some on paper torn from a ledger book and others on the back of official Nazi stationary." Many people will be confused as to what papers were recovered by the government, what documents might not have been recovered, and what the relationship is between the various pages.

It is also being reported that "Mayer explained to this reporter that he was not given enough time to read any diary entry from beginning to end, but that he peeked into them and "arranged" them. He is convinced that scholars will find them "very important" and that the papers will open new avenues of research. He suggested that the documents will offer revelations. But, Mayer noted to the press, it may take a long time, possibly years, for scholars to complete their analyses of the diaries."

Given the years of manipulation, dishonesty, and secrecy surrounding these important papers, I respectfully suggest that we do not need you to "arrange" them before all else. What would be most open and honest would be for you to scan and post all the pages you have obtained so that all who are interested can read them. The documents will speak for themselves. We do not need you to control the documents and to keep them secret while "scholars complete their analysis."

Weeks have already passed since possession of the documents was gained. Press conferences have been held. Why do you not simply scan and post the documents publicly so that everyone who is interested in the matter can view and analyze them for themselves? Once that is completed, the papers can then be returned to the Rosenberg family, who appear to be the legal owners.

For Open discussion,

Bradley Smith
Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust

NOTE: This letter was copied to 16 offices of the USHMM around the country.

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