Germany, the United States and nine other nations have signed an agreement that expands access to a unique Holocaust-era archive.
The government in Berlin said the 11 nations overseeing the International Tracing Service formally agreed Friday to establish an "institutional partnership" with Germany's Federal Archive.
The deal allows wider distribution of the ITS's documents to facilitate historical research and education.
The ITS was established by Western Allies in the final days of World War II and run by the Red Cross to help uncover the fates of Holocaust victims and others who suffered under the Nazi regime.
In 2007, scholars and researchers were allowed access to the documents, beginning the archive's transformation from a tracing service to a research institution.