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Auschwitz museum asks Germans, Austrians to donate items

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/18/2017
FILE - This Oct. 19, 2012 file photo shows the entrance of Auschwitz at the former Nazi German death complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau in in Oswiecim, Poland. The memorial museum is asking Germans and Austrians to donate private letters, memoirs, photos and any other items that could help historians better understand the mentality of the Holocaust's perpetrators. The museum said Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, it seeks "to better understand the influence of populist mechanisms of hatred for human beings." (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Oct. 19, 2012 file photo shows the entrance of Auschwitz at the former Nazi German death complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau in in Oswiecim, Poland. The memorial museum is asking Germans and Austrians to donate private letters, memoirs, photos and any other items that could help historians better understand the mentality of the Holocaust's perpetrators. The museum said Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, it seeks "to better understand the influence of populist mechanisms of hatred for human beings." (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum is asking Germans and Austrians to donate private letters, memoirs, photos or any other items that could help historians better understand the mentality of the Holocaust's perpetrators.

The museum said Wednesday it seeks "to better understand the influence of populist mechanisms of hatred for human beings." It promised to guarantee the anonymity of any donors.

Museum Director Piotr Cywinski said the historical knowledge of what happened at Auschwitz comes mainly from former prisoners, preserved camp documentation and post-war court trials. He said the archives currently "contain very few private materials created by members of the SS staff."

Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau in occupied Poland during World War II, killing some 1.1 million people there, the large majority of whom were Jews.

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