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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/ 6/2010

National Archives displays Nazi papers

By Washington Post editors

The laws signed by Adolf Hitler taking away the citizenship of German Jews before the execution of 6 million people during the Holocaust will go on rare public display in Washington.

The Nuremberg Laws were recently turned over to the National Archives by the Huntington museum complex near Los Angeles. They are on display Wednesday through Oct. 18.

Previously they had only been displayed while on loan to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The documents have a dubious history. U.S. soldiers first found them in a German bank vault and gave them to Gen. George Patton. At the end of World War II, Patton disobeyed orders by taking the papers out of Germany.

They should have served as evidence in the Nazi war crimes trials. Instead, Patton deposited them at the Huntington.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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