Saturday, November 18, 2006

Nothing like an international bureaucracy to bury things

Here's an interesting tidbit about how international bureaucracies like the UN can help cover up wrong doing. There is an archive a Nazi documents in Germany about the holocaust and last May, the 11 countries overseeing the archive (the US among them) agreed to open up the archive (after being pressured by the US and other groups).

During World War II, the Nazis ran the holocaust like they would have any other military program. They kept very meticulous records about all concentration camp prisoners concerning where they were arrested, which concentration camps they were sent to and how they eventually died. Those records that were not destroyed by the Nazis and captured by the Allies are sitting in the archive. The archive was run by the US Army until 1955 when it was turned over to the Red Cross. The Red Cross hides behind German privacy laws and does not release much information, and when it does, it can take many years just to get a basic "yes/no" answer. With the opening of the archive, in the near future, all the details of the holocaust will be available to anyone (we hope).

Two things that we can get from this report are:

1) It was a mistake to turn the archive over to the Red Cross in the first place. The Red Cross is like the UN, an un-elected international body that does not report to anyone, ergo, they can pretty much do what they want. If the US Army had been in charge, it is certain that the US would have allowed much greater access to the archive, especially with the MSM who gleefully report any real or perceived scandal involving the US military.

2) The Red Cross is totally inept when it comes to managing vast amounts of information. The US guv-mint isn't all that good at it itself, but it is much better than the Red Cross, but the best organization at managing vast amounts of information and making it available to the general public is the LDS Church. The LDS Church has a vast archive of genelogical information and it makes what it can available to the general public across the Internet. If the LDS Church had had access to the information, this would have been a non-story as this kind of information (births, deaths, etc.) is important for genelogical research.

Because of my travels thru out the world, I was able to visit one of Nazi Germany's concentration camps. Many years ago, I visited the Dachau concentration camp just outside of Munich. Among other things, there was a museum where you see how the Nazis carried out their final solution. Two of the displays made such an impression on me that I remember them to this day. The first was a photo of the Nazis burning books and underneath, a quote from Heinrich Heine during the 1800's, "Whenever they burn books, in the end, they will also burn human beings". The second was located at the very end. It was from George Santayana which says "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (something that the Defeato-crats and the UN are only too good at doing).


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