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"In 1945, the Western Allies captured huge amounts of German
military and political documents -- one hundred tons of the
material in  northern Germany alone! By 1947, one hundred
fifty separate German documentary collections had been
established, with several tons of paper arriving in
Washington each week. In the United States, legal
authorities used these materials to prepare for war-crimes
trials, while military men analyzed them for intelligence
purposes. At the same time, the U.S. Army's German Military
Documents Section was readying the vast hoard of data for
future archival use. By 1954, the Department of the Army had
developed a plan to photograph the records, collaborating
with the American Historical Association in making the
resulting microfilms available to researchers. Four years
later, the National Archives boasted more than five thousand
linear feet of microfilmed German documents." (Harzstein,
Robert Edwin. Waldheim: The Missing Years. New York: Arbor
House/William Morrow, 1988. p. 227)


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