Monday, 11 June 2018

CIA Nazi War Crimes Dataset

At Internet Archive there was uploaded a set of zipped files on people that the CIA were investigating for WWII war crimes.  Description for this dataset:
"This information sheds important historical light on the Holocaust and other war crimes, as well as the U.S. Government’s involvement with war criminals during the Cold War. These records include operational files of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Central Intelligence Group (CIG), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)."   

Some of the files contain genealogical information and, if lucky, photos. In some cases the CIA noted not only the subject of the file, but his family, who they were married to, birthdates, etc. 

Most of the files you can just click and "view the contents" while others have to be downloaded and unzipped to view. If it is a file you want, save it and unzip on your computer. 

The files that start with Aerodynamics are operations, reports and plans. Scroll down until you get to obvious names. Click "view contents", to open click Allow. Click on the folder, which contains pdf files. Some folders have only a couple, usually because once checked out there was nothing to find that interested the CIA. But then you get a folder with only three files like this first page for Benno Jehle ...

Jehle, Benno pdf.1

... the second page describes in detail how to get him into France under another name.

Other folders have many files with a personal history including what school they attended, employment history, trips out of the country, their close associates and perhaps their history.

Some were not Germans, as in the case of Paul Marion, who was deemed a French collaborator.

Paul Marion, Secretary General of Information and Propaganda, pdf.3
Member of French Committee of Waffen SS, 1944, pdf.11

Files are at the National Archives. In each section, click on Name Files to see lists of names that were released, and where to find their files.

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  1. Isn't it amazing what's online these days, though for once, it's a relief I've little chance of finding an ancestor mentioned!


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