3 Replies Latest reply on May 7, 2018 12:58 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Were all the persons mentioned in IRR Personal Name List declared as Nazi War Criminals?


      Hello! I am a new member.


      There is a list of names titled "IRR Personal Name List" in the "Interagency Working Group (IWG) Declassified Records". I wish to know whether all the persons who appear on the list were declared as Nazi War Criminals?


      The link to the above-mentioned list is - https://www.archives.gov/iwg/declassified-records/IRR%20Personal%20Name%20List_1.html


      Please help.

        • Re: Were all the persons mentioned in IRR Personal Name List declared as Nazi War Criminals?
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Mullick,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          This listing is a small part of the series titled Intelligence and Investigative Dossiers Personal Files, ca. 1977 - ca. 2004 and consists of records created in the course of intelligence operations, security and war crimes investigations, and other military justice proceedings by the U.S. Army Investigative Records Repository (IRR). In 1999, the Department of the Army selected some of these dossiers from its records holdings and released them in compliance with requirements set under the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government, Disclosure Acts (Public Laws 105-246 and 105-567). The Acts called for an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to locate, inventory, recommend for declassification, and make available all classified Nazi and Japanese war criminal records, subject to certain specified exceptions. The IWG tasked Federal agencies, including the Army, to search their record holdings for relevant war criminal and war crimes documents responsive to personal name and subject terms identified by the IWG.


          Many of the materials relate to World War II-era personalities, including individuals connected with German wartime intelligence and security organizations; German and Japanese war criminals; senior political and military leaders; alleged collaborators and informants; allied or enemy agents; and others.


          The series also includes records relating to postwar personalities, including alleged Soviet and Communist Bloc intelligence agents; foreign citizens viewed as subversive; refugees from Communist or former Axis countries; Axis scientists brought to the United States under Project PAPERCLIP; Japanese prisoners of war repatriated from the USSR under Project STITCH; as well as American citizens suspected of espionage or disloyalty, viewed as security risks, or otherwise of interest to Army intelligence.


          Some individuals mentioned in the files are Otto Ohlendorf, who served in several senior positions in the Schutzstaffel (SS) during World War II, including as commander of a mobile killing unit (Einsatzgruppe) in the Soviet Union (file OHLENDORF, Otto - XE000883); Hermann Hoefle, an SS officer involved in atrocities in Poland (file HOEFLE, HERMANN J. - AE544848WJ); and Ante Pavelic, leader of the Croatian terrorist organization known as Ustascha (file PAVELIC, Anton - XE001109).


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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