May 17, 2007
Survivors blast Holocaust Museum over archive access restrictions
(Page 2 - Previous Page)A museum spokesman reiterated the institution's stance that the files will not be made accessible via the Internet. At first the museum claimed that the treaty prohibited Internet access. The museum then reversed itself, saying the treaty was silent on the Internet issue.
Despite repeated requests, the museum refused to provide a copy of the 11-nation treaty, claiming it was secret.
Congressional sources and State Department sources scoffed at that characterization. A copy of the treaty obtained by JTA confirms that it does not prohibit an American institution from placing the digitized files on the Internet or a national database that can be easily accessed.
Edwin Black is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning "IBM and the Holocaust" and is responsible for a series of investigations revealing the contents of the ITS archives at Bad Arolsen.
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