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Ukraine Releases Documents from State Archives

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On 29 September 2010, Ukraine released to the public records chronicling Nazi looting from Holocaust victims.

Ukraine's State Archives posted some 140,000 pages of documents which will be used to "facilitate rightful restitution of looted objects and fill in the gaps in this important piece of history," said Julius Berman, chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

The documents came from the Kiev headquarters of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi minister in charge of occupied Soviet territories. The Canadian Press reports that these records detail Nazi looting from 1940 to 1944 in Belgium, northern France, Netherlands, Italy, Yugoslavia, and the occupied Soviet territories.

The documents are available online through a Russian search engine. Wesley A. Fisher, representative to the Task Force from the Jewish Claims Conference, said that there are plans to translate the website into Ukrainian, German, and English.