Religion & Beliefs

I’m an Idiot, Help Me Understand?

At Haaretz today… a story on how a huge number of Holocaust archives are set to be opened at last…  The world's largest archive of Nazi-era documents announced yesterday it would open its files to the public as soon as it … Read More

By / March 29, 2007

At Haaretz today… a story on how a huge number of Holocaust archives are set to be opened at last… 

The world's largest archive of Nazi-era documents announced yesterday it would open its files to the public as soon as it received political approval. "We are awaiting the green light from the politicians," said Maria Raabe, a spokeswoman for the International Tracing Service of the Red Cross in the German town of Bad Arolsen.

The story goes on to discuss how this will help to defeat the claims of crazy anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.  Which makes sense to me…

But, here is where I show my absolute ignorance…

WHY has this happened?  Why is this even an issue?

Why has it taken so long to open these files?  I assume we've had families waiting to see these long-undelivered letters for decades and decades… 

I don't begin to understand the advantages to waiting forever on this.

Can anyone help me understand?  I guess I'm an idjit, but I didn't know there were unopened files…