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Subject: TEXT: CLINTON SIGNS THE NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE ACT


08 October 1998

TEXT: CLINTON SIGNS THE NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE ACT

(Seeks to declassify Nazi war criminal records)

Following is the White House text:

(begin text)

PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS THE NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE ACT

The White House
Oval Office
October 8, 1998

Today, President Clinton will sign the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act
(S. 1379) establishing the Nazi War Criminal Records Interagency
Working Group. This group will be directed to locate, identify,
inventory, recommend for declassification, and make available to the
public -- at the National Archives and Records Administration -- all
classified Nazi war criminal records of the United States. The Act
also requires that the working group include the Director of the
Holocaust Museum, the Historian of the Department of State, and the
Archivist of the United States. The group must submit a report to
Congress describing all such records, their disposition, and the
Interagency Group's activities.

The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act further requires that records be
released in their entirety. However, an agency head may exempt from
release specific information that would compromise privacy, national
security or U.S. foreign policy as specified.

The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act further encourages other countries
to follow America's lead in providing long overdue public access to
the records of that era and to bring together the diverse coalitions
which have strong interests in this legislation, including the World
Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League.

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