SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) – The documents historians say laid the legal groundwork for the execution of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust are now the property of the National Archives.
The private, nonprofit Huntington Library formally handed over the Nuremberg Laws to archive officials at a news conference Wednesday at the library in San Marino.
The Huntington has had charge of the documents since Gen. George Patton deposited them there at the end of World War II. Patton, who disobeyed orders when he spirited them out of Germany, grew up in San Marino and was friends with Huntington officials.
U.S. Archivist David Ferriero says he hopes to put the Nuremberg Laws on display in Washington by Sept. 15, the 75th anniversary of their signing by Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials.
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