A historian who helped prepare an official report on the German Foreign Office's involvement in the Holocaust has been quoted as saying the ministry was more deeply involved in the genocide of the Jews than previously known.
Eckhart Conze told Sunday's Frankfurter Allgemeine am Sonntag newspaper that some ministry staff members were actively involved in the mass murder.
For example, Conze is quoted as saying that documents indicate Franz Rademacher, head of the ministry's so-called Jew Department, traveled to Hungary during the Third Reich to help organize the killing of Jews in eastern Europe.
Conze is one of the historians who spent five years preparing the 900-page government report on the ministry's role in the Holocaust. It is to be published this week.