Press Release
Press Release ยท Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Press Release
May 8, 2002

Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group
Thomas H. Baer, Public Member

Richard Ben-Veniste, Public Member

Christina M. Bromwell, Department of Defense

Elizabeth Holtzman, Public Member

Steven Garfinkel (Chair), National Archives and Records Administration

William J. Hooten, Federal Bureau of Investigation

William H. Leary, National Security Council

David P. Holmes, Central Intelligence Agency

Paul A. Shapiro, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Eli M. Rosenbaum, Department of Justice

Marc J. Susser, Department of State

Opening of CIA Records under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act

Giuliana Bullard, 703-532-1477
Susan Cooper, 301-837-1700

The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG) announces the opening and public availability of Central Intelligence Agency files on 381 individuals and subjects associated with Nazi war crimes or war criminals. The CIA recently declassified these files under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act (PL 105-246). They are available for researchers at the National Archives' College Park, Maryland facility, at 8601 Adelphi Road.

Under the auspices of the IWG, the CIA has reviewed and declassified "Name Files" of many Nazi figures and related subjects, including the files on Walter Schellenberg (Head of the Reich Security Main Office Foreign Intelligence Service) and Otto Skorzeny (Hitler's favorite commando, having snatched Mussolini from captivity). The files also provide new insight into such individuals as Walther Rauff, Krunoslav Dragonovic, and Reinhard Gehlen. (Highlighted below.) The IWG website ( provides a full list of the names and subjects, including the 20 CIA Name Files