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Media Alert
September 30, 2010

For Media Only: Photo Opportunity – Original Nuremberg Laws

WHAT: Special opportunity for the media to view and photograph the original Nuremberg Laws, which will be on display October 6-18.

WHERE:  East Rotunda Gallery, National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Please use the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance

WHEN: Wednesday, October 6, at 9 A.M.

Available for interviews:

  • Greg Bradsher, Senior Archivist, National Archives
  • Members of the family of Martin E. Dannenberg, the US soldier who discovered these documents in Germany after World War II

Please Note:  No Artificial Light May Be.

Details

The Nuremberg Laws, which were signed by Hitler in 1935, are considered to be the official blueprint of racial policies against Jews in Germany. Individuals were defined as Jews if three or four of their grandparents were Jewish. They were stripped of their German citizenship and prohibited from marrying German citizens.

On August 25, 2010, The Laws were transferred from The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens to the National Archives, joining millions of other documents in the National Archives World War II holdings relating to the Third Reich, the Holocaust, and the trials at Nuremberg. They include transcripts of proceedings, prosecution and defense exhibits, interrogation records, document books and court papers. They also include other items such as the war diaries of Joseph Goebbels and Gen. Alfred Jodl, as well as registers from concentration camps.

See the National Archives’ 3:49 minute “Inside the Vaults” video short highlighting the background of the Nuremberg Laws online, on the National Archives YouTube Channel [www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives] and web site (www.archives.gov). This video is in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages its free distribution.

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For press information, contact the National Archives public affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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