German diplomats deeply involved in Holocaust, report finds

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 25, 2010 20:28

BERLIN  — Germany's diplomats were much more deeply involved in carrying out the Holocaust than previously known, according to a new report about the Foreign Ministry's Nazi past published Monday.

Despite decades-long efforts by ministry employees to present the foreign office as a place of opposition during the Third Reich, diplomats were actually willing participants in the Nazis' campaign against the Jews, the report concluded — from spying on Jewish-German emigrants abroad to actively contributing to the mass murder of Europe's Jewry until 1945.

"The German Foreign Ministry collaborated with the Nazis' violent politics and especially assisted in all aspects of the discrimination, deportation, persecution and genocide of the Jews," Eckhart Conze, one of four historians who helped prepare the official report on the German Foreign Ministry's involvement in the Holocaust, told The Associated Press on Monday.


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