GENEVA (Dec. 16)
The International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) will open its archives on Nazi persecutions during World War 11 to scholarly research for the first time since the end of the war, it was reported here today. A Swiss professor of literature at Geneva University, Jean Claud Favey, has been authorized to make use of the archives in preparation of a book on the humanitarian agency’s aid to victims of Nazi persecution.
He and his team, as yet unnamed, will have access to some 300,000 pages of documents. The project is being financed by the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research. It is estimated that three years will be needed for its completion
The ICRC has promised absolutely no restrictions on the findings of the researchers which are expected to cost light on a subject that is still being investigated 35 years after the war. Fovey has not indicated yet who he will ask to assist him in his research. It is believed that his team will include at least one prominent Jewish scholar.