Apr 25, 2001
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG) will hold a briefing on Friday on the release of CIA files of key Nazis declassified under Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney's (D-NY) legislation, the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act.

When & Where: Friday, April 27, 9:30 AM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rubinstein Auditorium, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (15th Street Entrance)

"For over seven years now, I have been on a crusade to reveal the contents of U.S. intelligence files on the Holocaust. Some of what we learn from these previously confidential records may shock us, but learning about our nation's past will teach us how to govern in the future, and this is the essence of democracy. If opening access to these documents helps us to resolve even some of the unanswered questions surrounding the Holocaust, then this effort will have made an invaluable contribution to history," Maloney said today.

Background: After reading reports in 1994 that the U.S. government was refusing to disclose 40 year old records on known-Nazi and U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, Rep. Maloney started a seven year crusade to declassify U.S. intelligence agency documents on the Holocaust and our post-war interactions with former Nazis. Rep. Maloney originally introduced War Crimes Disclosure Act, HR 4955, on August 12, 1994. The Congresswoman authored and eventually passed in 1998 The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, H.R. 4007. Most recently, Mrs. Maloney introduced H.R. 5065, The Nazi and Japanese War Crimes Disclosure Act. This bill extends the original Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act by two years, for a total of five years. This bill was incorporated into the Intelligence Authorization Bill for FY01 and was signed into law by President Clinton on December 27, 2000.