January 8, 1999

Almost 40,000 personal files and records documenting forced labour in the former Hermann Goering steelworks during the Nazi period have been found in an anti-aircraft gun bunker in Linz.

Historian Oliver Rathkolb of the University of Vienna is heading a commission to assess who could be eligible for compensation. The records note that the pay of concentration camp inmates went directly to members of the SS. The six-month study complements a commission dealing with Holocaust victims.

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