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October 22, 2004
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France handed wartime papers to Germany, including documents related to confiscated Jewish property. In an official ceremony Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry in Paris, France’s minister for European Affairs, Claudie Haignere, gave the documents to Klaus Neubert, Germany’s ambassador to France. The documents, which represent the first major return of archives since German reunification in 1990, contain files on Jewish property in the Sarre and Palatinate regions as well as the personal papers of Theo Zitchel, a local figure implicated in the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. “Sixty years after, it’s about time,” Hagniere said. Germany has yet to say what it intends to do with the archives.

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