Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023446, Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:26:05 -0400

Re: Sergei Nabokov
Jan,I never said that the information on the millions murdered during the war was not been forthcoming. What is relatively new is that the records themselves can now be viewed. The information comes from the internet and a 60 Minutes television show which is available on line and is a few years old.Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2012 16:15:50 +0100
From: jan.stottmeister@BERLIN.DE
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Sergei Nabokov

"frances assa" wrote under <franassa@HOTMAIL.COM>:The Internation Tracing Service has recently opened its extensive records of persons killed in the holocaust to survivors, family members, estate representatives, and scholars. The website at http://www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html allows such persons to make requests for information. This is the first time this material has been made available. The files were kept hidden away by the German government for 60 years. I do not know who the executor is for the Nabokov family, but perhaps they can be sent this information.Just to put the facts straight (and to refute the frankly ludicrous idea that the German government would "hide" Holocaust-related material):The International Tracing Service has answered those requests for six and a half decades. This has been the purpose of its archives from the very beginning.
The ITS and its archives go back to a tracing service founded by the International Red Cross in 1943. After the war, the Allied Forces established the ITS in Germany as a permanent institution to answer inquiries from Holocaust survivors and family members and to collect all available records about killed or missing civilians. The ITS is funded by the German government and has answered millions of tracing requests.
I don't know how the Nabokov family learned about Sergey's fate, but their source of information was probably the Red Cross tracing service or the ITS itself.

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