Monday, October 04, 2004

Excuse my language, but...

Yeah, I know it's lumping them together, and some really are our friends, but
God damn the French.

"The documents are in a mass of registers, telegrams and manifests which Kurt Werner Schaechter, an 84-year-old retired businessman, copied from the Toulouse office of France's national archives in 1991. They are uniquely precious: under a 1979 law most of France's wartime archives are sealed for between 60 and 150 years after they were written. "
"Mr Schaechter's activities - last year he used some of the papers to try to force the French railway SNCF to admit its responsibility in shipping 76,000 Jews to Nazi death camps - have infuriated some French historians, who say their privileged access to classified archives has been compromised."

God forbid their 'privileged access' be messed with by someone bringing an inconvenient truth to light. I'm going to have to read this book. I know the rule that 'countries don't have friends, they have interests', but how the hell was it in their interests to keep helping the damn Nazis keep killing people?

(note: link found at Wizbang)

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