Huge archive of Nazi-era documents marks opening to public

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BAD AROLSEN, Germany - A vast archive of concentration camp logs detailing Nazi horrors and other German wartime documents formally opened to visitors Wednesday, more than six decades after it was founded to provide information about the victims of the Holocaust.

"We are turning over a new leaf in the history of the ITS," Reto Meister, director of the International Tracing Service of the Red Cross, said at a ceremony. "This opening will contribute to keeping alive the remembrance of the monstrous crimes that went on throughout Nazi era."

For more than 60 years, the information has been locked away in the secretive archive, which houses records scooped up by Allied troops from concentration camps, Nazi SS offices and postwar displaced-persons compounds.

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