Holocaust-Era Assets

Interagency Working Group (IWG): Declassified Records


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 Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold 1946-1998

Records of the Office of the Legal Advisor
Records 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)

Central Files

Miscellaneous Files

Records of the Office of Alien Property (Record Group 131)

Miscellaneous Classified Records, 1941-1963

Records of the Office of Strategic Services (Record Group 226)

(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)

Records of the Commission Reports 1940-1946.

National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242)

Miscellaneous German Police Records, 1934-1943

(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

Copies of Name Files declassified under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act.

(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

Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency

Records of the United States Army Commands, 1942 - (Record Group 338)

Records of the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) (MLR Entry 50057)

Records of the U.S. Army Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operation (Record Group 493)

Records the Chinese Combat Command, 1944-1945

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