This one copy, the 16th, belonged to a functionary of the foreign ministry, Martin Luther, who was arrested and interned by the Nazis.
The document was prepared by Adolf Eichmann
after a secret meeting of the top Nazi hierarchy on January 20, 1942.
After that day, virtually every Jew in Germany and in the territories occupied by German troops in Europe would be transported by train to extermination camps, where most found death.
While all other copies of the pivotal document were destroyed, this one was overlooked.
The document was found by chance, after the defeat of the Axis in 1945, by officers of the U.S. armed forces, and delivered to the judges of the Nuremberg trial, the largest investigation of the Allies against Nazi war criminals.
Although this copy made its way to Nuremberg where it was used as a proof, photocopied and reproduced in many textbooks, it then disappeared into the archives of the West German Foreign Ministry. It was thought that the original no longer existed until it was recently discovered. Now Welt Online
has published it. It is a chilling 15-page piece of major historical importance.
Approximately 6 million
European Jews died or were killed between 1942 and 1945.
Holocaust deniers have always considered the post-war reproductions of the protocol as forgeries. Today everyone, especially young people, can use this document as one more overwhelming evidence of the Holocaust.