After three quarters of a century Europe has not finished dealing with its Nazi past and crimes against Jews.
There are 6 trials for alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity scheduled in Germany in 2016, says German newspaper. Three of cases concerning Auschwitz and others relating to the crimes in concentration camp in Majdanek. Separately, four Nazi cooperatives, identified by Simon Wiesenthal Centre, will also go on trial.
This week, first time after World War II, France opened Holocaust records. All of the documents relate to the Vichy Regime, which was led by Marshal Philippe Petain between 1940 and 1944.The newly opened archives can be ‘freely consulted’ by civil servants and historical researchers ‘subject to the declassification of documents covered by national defense secrecy rules’, according to a new decree.
According to former French Resistance fighter Lucien Guyot said the Petain government ‘went far beyond the Germans’ expectations, in particular with the deportation of ‘foreign’ Jews, including children, to concentration camps’.
Numerous crimes were also committed in the ‘free zone’ in the south of the country where Petain, a First World War hero, ran his government. Between 1941 and 1943 France sent 76,000 Jews for extermination in the German concentration camps.
Today France has western Europe’s largest Jewish community of around 500,000.