A collection of valuable historical documents reportedly from the Nuremberg Trials are set to be displayed and then auctioned off this month in time for yearly commemorations of the Holocaust.
The cache was originally discovered by a collector in an Israeli flea market last year, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. According to an announcement by the Chabad Jewish Educational Center in Berlin, the documents will now be displayed as part of the center’s commemorations for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th.
The UN General Assembly has designated the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau— January 27—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and urged its member states to use the day to reflect on Nazi genocide in an effort to help prevent future such events.
Following their public display, the newly-uncovered Nuremberg Trial documents will be sold by the Jerusalem-based Kedem auction house, per JTA.
Designated Lot 72, the collection is believed to be from the estate of Isaac Stone, head of the Berlin Documents Center and US foreign service office, according to the auction house website. The starting bid is currently set at $2,500.
Stone was in charge of the Berlin Documents Center, and was in possession of documents needed by the prosecution to build its case against the Nazis on trial for war crimes in Nuremburg between 1945 and 1946.
“The documents in this collection have been issued by the Office of US Chief of Council and by the International Military Tribunal for use by the large prosecuting team (46 attorneys) of the Nuremberg trials and for internal court use,” the website states. “The material is composed of English translations of documents from the time of the Nazi government used for preparing the statements of claim and the sentences; reports, protocols and memorandums distributed among the prosecutors; official documents connected to the trial (calling witnesses to the trial, requests for documents, biographical lists etc.); intermediate reports and temporary sentences, etc.”