WASHINGTON (Nov. 23)
The National Archives branch of the U.S. General Services Administration, is offering a limited number of sets of four poster-size reproductions of its exhibit ” Holocaust: The Documentary Evidence.” The photo-static reproductions are of the dramatic display of captured German papers and artifacts, documents on the between 1938-45. It is a view of the archives where it was set up last May.
The reproductions are being sold, the Archives authorities have announced, as a public service in response to requests from a variety of organizations. Among them are the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Social Problems, in Seattle; the Canadian Jewish, Congress; and the John Adams Associations, the B’nai B’rith Museum and the Jewish Community Council in Washington, D.C.
“Because the original exhibit is too fragile to travel,” explained Dr. James B. Rhoads, archivist of the United States, ” the office of educational programs of the National Archives had the documents and captions photographed to ensure their widest possible distribution. This is part of our continuing effort to make records of exceptional historical importance available to the public. “
The documents include an invoice recording the shipment of 309 canisters of Zyklon B cyanide compound to be used at Auschwitz for ” disinfection and extermination, ” a report from a mobile command unit recording the mass shooting of precisely 33,771 Jews at Babi Yar, concentration camp death books, and the troop report on the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
” It is a great exhibit,” said John Toland, Pulitzer Prize winning writer and author of a best-selling biography of Hitler. “Anyone who has seen this and does not believe there was a” final solution “does not want to know the truth.”