History in Peril: Recovering a Lost Nazi Diary
Robert Wittman, FBI agent and art crime detective, will describe the global search for the diary of Alfred Rosenberg, ‘the man who made Hitler into Hitler.’ Rosenberg was the author of a seminal work of Nazi idology and a main author of Nazi racial theory and the persecution of the Jews. After the war, he was prosecuted at the 1946 Nuremberg trials. He was convicted of crimes against the peace; planning, initiating, and waging wars of aggression; war crimes; and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to death and hanged.
Rosenberg’s detailed diary was used during the Nuremberg trials as evidence of his crimes and then it went missing for more than 50 years. Wittman learned about the diary in 2001 and spent a decade hunting for it. The diary is now the property of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Mr. Wittman will describe the contents of the diary, insight into the Nazi rise to power, the decision to exterminate Europe’s Jews, the Nazi ideology of hate and violence, and his successful search.