A long lost diary that once belonged to one of Hitler’s aides, has finally found its way home. The diary was written by Alfred Rosenberg, who played an important role in the Holocaust. It is made up of 425 pages and is dated from 1936 through 1944.
Rosenberg was head of the Nazi party’s foreign affairs department and was known for looting priceless artifacts and mass murdering many Jews. His diary entries quote Hitler and express the Nazis’ hate for Jews.
Rosenberg was hanged after the Nuremberg trials and his diary was sold to the chief prosecutor of the trials, Robert Kempner. When Kempner died in 1993, the diary was lost for a brief period of time. Kempner’s heirs had agreed to give the diary to the the Holocaust Memorial Museum, but it was not able to be recovered.
It was eventually found in the home of Herbert Richardson, an academic publisher and former professor who had worked for Kempner. The diary was seized by federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and turned over to the Holocaust Museum.
“The Rosenberg diary will add to our understanding of the ideas that animated the extremist ideology of Nazism,” the museum’s director, Sara Bloomfield said in a statement. “We are grateful to our partners at ICE who helped us secure this important piece of history, a significant addition in our urgent efforts to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust.”
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