As Reuters reported on June 10, an important World War II era Nazi’s diary was discovered to be in the possession of Herbert Richardson, “an 80 year-old Canadian academic who operates a publishing house in Lewiston, NY.” The publishing house in question is the Edwin Mellen Press. Readers of this blog (Feb. 8 and March 4) may recall that Richardson has actively litigated against librarians and others who criticize Mellen Press in print.
From a bOING bOING blog entry by Xeni Jardin: “The recovery of this historical document was the result of an extensive investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).” HSI seized the diary, according to their press release:
The “Rosenberg Diary” was written by Alfred Rosenberg, one of the most notorious members of the Third Reich and of the Nazi Party during World War II. Rosenberg was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi racial state, mass murder of the Jewish people, planning and conduct of World War II and the occupation of Soviet territory. As such, his diary entries could provide historians with a potential wealth of previously unknown information regarding the history of this period.
In November 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware and HSI special agents received information from an art security specialist, who was working with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, regarding the search for Rosenberg Diary. The Rosenberg Diary was subsequently located and seized pursuant to a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
The diary will become part of the collections of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.