The Wallenberg Foundation reckons that the opening of the Nazi files announced by Germany will shed light on the fate of Argentine citizens murdered during the Holocaust.
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation estimates that the opening of the Nazi files announced by Germany will shed light on the fate of approximately one hundred Argentine citizens ”persecuted by the Nazis and their collaborators” during the Holocaust.
The announcement, delivered by German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries, stresses that historians and survivors will have access to approximately 40 million Nazi documents stored at Bad Arolsen.
Historian Haim Avni emphasizes that Nazi Germany gave Argentina the opportunity to repatriate dozens of its Jewish citizens that lived in France, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Germany and in other Reich territories.
”Why did Argentina not take advantage of that proposal? Why did Argentina not rescue the Argentine Jews when it was pretty clear that it was a life or death case?”, asks Avni in his book ”Argentina and the Jews” (The University of Alabama Press, 1991).
The Wallenberg Foundation claims that ”Very little is known about the fate of all these Argentine citizens. However it is presumed that they were all murdered in the Nazi’s extermination camps.”
The foundation also stresses that ”the opening of the Bad Arolsen files may shed light on the