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Saturday, 25 March, 2000, 14:37 GMT
Eichmann's Nazi documents discovered

A report from Germany says thousands of documents belonging to one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, Adolf Eichmann, have been discovered in state archives.

The report, in Der Spiegel magazine said the documents, which date from Eichmann┬┐s time in Austria in 1938, were captured by the Soviet Union at the end of the war and handed to East Germany in the Nineteen-Fifties.

Correspondents say the documents are expected to help survivors of the pre-war Nazi persecution of Austrian Jews, and their heirs, to seek compensation. The files are also expected to help a commission set up by the new Austrian government which is seeking to restore property stolen from the Jews.

Eichmann, a leading exponent of the holocaust, was hanged by Israel in 1962.

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