Long-lost Nazi diary uncovered by Del. agents

By Amy Cherry 3:15pm, June 13, 2013 - Updated 8:13am, June 14, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
A long-lost diary of a high-ranking Nazi member is uncovered by agents in Wilmington

WDEL's Amy Cherry has the details.

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Alfred Rosenberg's diary had been missing for more than 70 years.

"What we have recovered is the original diary, and there are no copies," says John Morton, Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs.

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He says the diary gives a never-before-seen glimpse into one of Hitler's closest confidants.

He was "a man untroubled by the isolation and violent extermination of Jews and others he deemed undesirable, a man consumed with visions of racial and ethnic superiority," says Morton.

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It's certainly no ordinary diary.

"It is the unvarnished account of a Nazi leader, his thoughts, his philosophies, his interactions with other Nazi leaders," Morton says, "these 400 pages are a window into the dark soul of one of hte great wrongs in human history."

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One diary excerpt read, "It is after all, the first time in European history that ten European nations were presented in an anti-Jewish contest with the program to remove this race from the world."

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It's believed the diary was smuggled into the U.S. by the now-deceased Robert Kempner, chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, who lived in Lansdowne, PA.

With fewer and fewer living victims and witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust, Morton says it's important to preserve this diary. The diary will be kept at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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