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U.N. Opens War Crime Files

November 23, 1987|Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations today opened its archives on Nazi and Japanese war crimes, exposing facts and allegations about more than 36,000 people, including Kurt Waldheim, the body's former secretary general.

Six researchers from the Nazi-hunting unit of the U.S. Justice Department were first to enter the office building. They viewed microfilm of the yellowed and brittle files of the U.N. War Crimes Commission, which functioned from 1943 to 1949.

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