Nazis: Purloined Papers

Purloined Papers

The Berlin Document Center, housed in deceptively tranquil white cottages in the Zehlendorf district of West Berlin, is home to 30 million official Nazi files, including the complete records of the murderous SS. The papers are ! stored in underground passages, bunkers and labyrinths sealed with steel doors.

Nonetheless, police officials last week announced that some 30,000 files have been smuggled out of the U.S.-administered center in recent years. Dealers in Nazi memorabilia have offered some papers for prices ranging from $120 to $2,950. Others have shown up in auction houses in Hamburg, Munich and London. Police fear that some files...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!