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In 2007, the Final Report of the Nazi War Crimes & Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group was issued to the United States Congress.

The document is published on the Library of Congress website, which is home to extensive online exhibitions of historic photographs and documents.

In its introduction, the Interagency Working Group (IWG) wrote that it had:

“…successfully completed the work mandated by the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act’ and that ‘over 8.5 million pages of records related to Japanese and Nazi war crimes have been identified among Federal Government records and opened to the public, including certain types of records never before released, such as CIA operational files.

The groundbreaking release of these records in no way threatens the nation’s security. Rather, it has enhanced public confidence in government transparency.” (1)

8.5 Million Pages of War Crimes Records

The 8.5 million pages of records that have been opened to the public under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act, are referred to in the paper as being a “landmark effort”.

At the request of Congress almost 60 years after the war in 1998, the IWG launched what became the “largest congressionally mandated, single-subject declassification effort in history.”

In section two of the document titled “The Nature of War Crimes Records”, the IWG informs researchers of how the National Archives houses several major record groups related to the war crime prosecutions of Nazis, Japanese, and Axis allies.

According to the document, these records consist of “7,500 cubic feet of war crimes documentation”, or just under “19 million pages”. In addition, the National Archives holds “6,600 cubic feet of microfilm of captured German records”, which the IWG deems as being a “primary source for evidence of war crimes and personnel records of war criminals.”

Despite having been long open to the public, due to what the authors of the document describe as the ‘sheer volume’ of records, the information contained by those records have, “not yet been fully exploited by researchers”. (2)

Researchers at Top Secret Writers continue to dive into those records in an effort to reveal formerly unknown facts about war crimes to the general public, potentially explaining many events occurring shortly after the conclusion of the war throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

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The U.S. Protection of War Criminals

In the Final Report of the Nazi War Crimes & Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group it says that one of the IWG’s aims was to uncover documentation that would shed light on the extent to which the U.S. Government had knowingly used and protected war criminals for intelligence purposes.

There are numerous references made throughout the document that state how war crime records had been shipped to the United States for ‘intelligence exploitation’.

For example:

“The military had collected and shipped to the United States for Intelligence exploitation over 7,000 cubic feet of captured records that eventually came under the control of the CIA. After the CIA and other interested agencies finished exploiting these records, they were returned to Japan beginning in 1958. The return was consistent with international practice and carried out in the name of normalization of diplomatic relations.” (3)

Further criticisms that these records were used for intelligence exploitation rather than for prosecuting war criminals is the fact that many of those war criminals were used to fight the Cold War.

Referring to how the CIA was reluctant to release the files during the Cold War period, the document goes on to state:

“By 1946, the U.S. intelligence organizations had begun to focus more on the Soviet Union and other Communist regimes, in some cases using former Nazis who claimed to be experts on numerous subjects, none of which were associated with war criminality. In the years since then, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have been reluctant to release many files from this period for fear of endangering the sources named in them, comprising methods, or hindering the recruitment of new sources.” (4)

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Using War Criminals for Intelligence

In an aim to shed further light on the U.S Government knowingly protecting war criminals for intelligent purposes, the report includes a section headed, “U.S. Government Use of Axis Criminals and their Collaborators”.

Within this section, it is highlighted that in May 1945, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) issued a directive to General Dwight Eisenhower, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, to arrest and hold all war criminals – “with some exceptions”.

It is the “with some exceptions” that researchers today take issue with. According to the Final Report, the JCS asked Eisenhower to use his “discretion” to exempt war criminals who could be used for “intelligence and other military reasons”. (5)

Another example of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies protecting war criminals in the interest of acquiring intelligence information is Operation Paperclip.

Operation Paperclip was the name given to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for the employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II. Operation Paperclip was conducted by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), and according to the records of the Secretary of Defense held in the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, one purpose of Operation Paperclip was to “deny German scientific knowledge and expertise to the USSR and to the UK” (6).

Thanks to the 2007 Final Report of the Nazi War Crimes & Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group and its aim to uncover the truth about Nazi war crime documents being used for intelligence, rather to prosecute the war criminals, we finally have a better understanding of just how prolifically the U.S. Government had knowingly used and protected war criminals for intelligence exploitation.

One of the most important priorities for historians and researchers across the world – and one of’s highest priorities, is to dig through those thousands of released documents to explain political decisions, seemingly unexplainable events, and other historical anomalies that have occurred in the U.S. and across the world since WWII.

These documents represent mountains of hard evidence that place these explanations outsie the realm of “conspiracy theory”, and solidly into the mainstream.

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(6) National Archives

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