Nuremberg Laws handed over to US National Archives

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The Nuremberg Laws, which laid the legal groundwork for the execution of six million Jews during the Holocaust, have been handed over to the US National Archives.

Consisting of four pages, and signed by Adolf Hitler, the anti-Semitic documents were appropriated by US General George Patton at the end of the Second World War after being discovered in Bavaria.

Gen Patton disobeyed orders that Nazi documents were to be handed over to the government and spirited them out of Germany, later depositing them at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles, close to where he grew up.

The library placed them in a bomb proof vault and they were a missing piece of evidence at the Nuremberg trials that followed the war.

Prosecutors had to use photocopies and the existence of the originals was only disclosed in 1999....

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