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  • Title
    Mark Aarons Collection - War Crimes and Related Papers, ca. 1940s-ca. 1990s (compiled 1970s-1990s)
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLOH 626
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1940s-ca. 1990s
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    Textual Records (55 boxes) - typescript and printed
    Sound Recordings

    From 1973 to 1993 Mark Aarons was a broadcaster and reporter in the ABC Radio Special Projects Department (later the Radio Talks and Documentaries Department). During that time he was Executive Producer, Producer, Presenter and Researcher on a series of programs broadcast on ABC Radio Two (later Radio National), including Lateline (1973-76), Broadband (1977-1980), Tuesday Despatch, Background Briefing (1980-1993) and several others.
    In the late 1970s he began research into claims that there were numerous World War II war criminals living in Australia and that this was known by US, British and Australian intelligence agencies. The results of this research led to his 1986 radio documentary series 'Nazis in Australia' which prompted the Hawke government's inquiry into war criminals and the establishment of the Special Investigations Unit.
    A series of books also resulted from this research including Sanctuary: Nazi Fugitives in Australia (1989) and War Criminals Welcome: Australia, a Sanctuary for Fugitive War Criminals Since 1945 (2001).
  • Scope and Content
    1. General Australian War Crimes.
    2. Major War Crimes Cases.
    3. Nazis in Australia 'Background Briefing' Programs.
    4. Vatican and Related War Crimes.
    5. Interviews and Translation Tapes.
    6. Clippings - War Crimes 1977-2003.
    7. Photographs.
  • System of arrangement
    This collection comprises seven record series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record.
  • Source
    Presented by Mark Aarons in December 2003
  • Access Conditions
    Partly restricted
    For access to this manuscript collection please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Access Conditions

    This manuscript collection is awaiting further processing. Usually 5 working days notice is required for access. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • General note

    Notes prepared by Mark Aarons describing the context of his collection are located in Box One and are also available from the Manuscripts Section.
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