New Details About Recovery of Nazi Diary (With Photos)

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly


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June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.  (WKBW)  The recovery of Reich Minister Albert Rosenberg's diary is creating a large amount of interest among historians.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit, working in conjunction with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, received information in November 2012 that the diary was in Western New York.

After an extensive investigation, a federal warrant was issued by US District Court for the District of Delaware in April 2013.

Federal agents executed the warrant and recovered the 400-page document.

The US Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware will not confirm or deny where, or who the document was taken from.

But is being widely reported that the diary was in the possession of Herbert Richardson the operator of The Edwin Mellen Press in Lewiston, NY.

The diary has been verified as authentic and historians say it provides a unique look inside the workings of Hitler's Third Reich.

Albert Rosenberg was considered a very influential Nazi leader who helped develop Nazi Germany's anti-semitic policies.

"Hitler at one point, and that is actually a quote from the recently recovered diary for August '36, calls him {Rosenberg} the church father of national socialism, and that is something that Rosenberg himself proudly noted in his diary," said Jurgen Matthaeus, an historian for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Rosenberg diary was used as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.

Alfred Rosenberg was convicted of crimes against humanity and was hanged in 1946, but his diary went missing soon after.

It is now believed that US prosecutor Robert Kempner secretly took the diary and smuggled it back to the US.

Because it was evidence for the Nuremberg trials, the diary is considered to be the property of the United States government.

After Kempner died in 1993, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum spent several years attempting to recover Nuremberg related documents from his estate, but the Rosenberg diary was not among them.

There is speculation that the Rosenberg diary was given to Kempner's former secretary who then brought it with her when she lived in a WNY home.

Officials say the investigation relating to the Rosenberg diary and how it got to Western New York is still on-going.