Hungary makes new effort to ID Holocaust files

Hungary, with assistance from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, is making a new effort to identify Holocaust documents in the country's archives. A working group, including officials from the prime minister's office, other ministries and several historical archives, has been formed to clarify what documents are still in the Hungarian archives and what became of the missing files. The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and the US Embassy in Budapest are also part of the working group, Lajos Gecsenyi, director of Hungary's National Archives and the professional leader of the group, said Monday. Among the issues being researched are the ghettoization of Jews, their recruitment to serve in forced labor battalions and the records of the Hungarian gendarmes, the armed force mostly responsible for rounding up and deporting Jews outside Budapest, the capital.