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June 13, 2013

Feds reveal Nazi diary found in Lewiston

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Niagara Gazette — "It is very possible that, at least to some extent, there will be clues not just to Rosenberg's total lack of brilliance, but there will, or well might be, interesting bits of information on conversations he had with other important figures in the government," Weinberg said of the diary.

"It's important that as soon as possible, somebody decipher the handwriting and publish, hopefully, an annotated edition of this material," Weinberg said. "It is also possible that we will all be disappointed. There may turn out to be very little that we don't know."

Among early translated excerpts is a passage from 1941 in which Rosenberg wrote proudly of a conference marking "the first time in European history that 10 European nations were represented at an anti-Jewish conference with the clear program to remove this race from Europe. ..."

Later that year, Rosenberg wrote of reports that Russian leader Josef Stalin had ordered the 400,000 Volga Germans "to be dragged away to Siberia, i.e. to have them murdered. ..."

"Yesterday I had a proposal drafted for communication by broadcast to Russia, England and the USA that in case this mass murder is implemented, Germany will punish the Jews of Central Europe for this."

Other translated excerpts involve the 1936 Olympic games, including Rosenberg's assertions that Britons were "angry about the negroes from the USA as they squeeze out the English during the Olympic Games."

Officials said his diary was smuggled into the United States after the war, most likely by Robert M.W. Kempner, a government lawyer during the Nuremberg trials. Kempner died in 1993, and museum officials later took possession of some of his extensive document collection. But the Rosenberg diary remained missing until recently.

"One of the enduring mysteries of the Second World War is what happened to the Rosenberg diary," said John Morton, director of U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement. "We have solved that mystery."

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