NOTICE TO RESEARCHERS IN RECORDS RELEASED UNDER THE NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE ACT AND THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS ACT
The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG), in implementing the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Records Act, has taken the broadest view in identifying records that may be responsive to the Acts. Information relevant to the Acts is often found among files related to other subjects. In order to preserve the archival integrity of the files, the IWG and the National Archives and Records Administration, where possible, have released entire files together, not just those items related to Nazi or Japanese war criminals, crimes, persecution, and looted assets. These records may relate to persons who are war criminals, former Axis personnel who are not war criminals, victims of war crimes or persecution, or civilian or military personnel investigating Nazi activities; the records may also include mention of, or information about, persons having no connection to these activities.
The release under the Acts of records related to individuals should not be understood to characterize any individual as a war criminal.
General Records of the Department of State (RG 59)
Records of the Bureau of Public Affairs
Records of the Office of the Historian
Records of the Office of the Legal AdvisorRecords of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Educational, Cultural and Public Affairs
The Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Educational, Cultural, and Public Affairs provides legal advice on international educational and cultural exchanges, protection of stolen cultural property, immunity from judicial seizure of cultural exhibitions, anti-lobbying, publicity, propaganda, and certain residual World War II problems involving the gold pool (Nazi gold), enemy assets, and looted objects.
Records of the Assistant Legal Advisor for International Claims
Records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Record Group 65)
Records of the Office of Alien Property (Record Group 131)
Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226)
- Terms, Names, Organizational Abbreviations, and Code Words in OSS Records
- Sources & Methods Files ("Previously Withdrawn Material")
- Central Intelligence Agency Selected Documents, 1941-1947
(Also see the Report to the IWG on Previously Classified OSS Records for more information about these records.)
National Archives Records of the American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas (Record Group 239)
National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242)
(Also see the IWG press release from March 23, 2000, German Police Records Opened at the National Archives, for more information about these records.)
Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263)
Records of the Directorate of Operations
(Also see IWG press releases: Opening of CIA Records under Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act from April 23, 2001 and Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act Prompts Rare Release of CIA "Name Files" from April 27, 2001 for more information about these records)
Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330)
Office of Research and Engineering