"One can find documents there that are impossible to find elsewhere..."
Like documents of the old Soviet Red Army entering Auschwitz back in 1945 and finding that it was nothing more than a slave labor camp, with no gas chambers and no crematoria?
"The fire broke out on Friday evening on the library's second floor and continued burning all day Saturday despite 200 firefighters' efforts to douse the blaze."
A fire that burns that hot must of had some help, like someone turning off the fire alarms and sprinklers and someone spraying a fire accelerant like kerosene or fuel oil around the library stacks.
A million rare documents damaged in Moscow library blaze, many from the WWII era. A ripe subject for historians who can still delve into history w/o getting arrested and tossed in prison, which happens in 17 European nations who are afraid of the past.
Whether it's bringing down three buildings with two jets or burning down a library with priceless historical facts, to setting on fire a Williamsburg, NY warehouse, there's always one group of people that seem to come out ahead in these disasters.
Latvia was occupied by the Soviets from 1944 to 1991. What records remained after the defeat of the Germans were either removed to Russia or destroyed by intent or neglect. In Latvia, Holocaust scholarship could only be resumed once Soviet rule had ended. Much of the post-1991 work was devoted to identification of the victims. This was complicated by the passage of time and the loss of some records and the concealment of others by the NKVD and its successor agencies of the Soviet secret police.Source: Wikipedia
When American and British forces overran western and central Germany in the spring of 1945, they were followed by troops charged with discovering and securing any evidence of German war crimes.Source
Among them was Dr. Charles Larson, one of America's leading forensic pathologists, who was assigned to the US Army's Judge Advocate General's Department. As part of a US War Crimes Investigation Team, Dr. Larson performed autopsies at Dachau and some twenty other German camps, examining on some days more than 100 corpses. After his grim work at Dachau, he was questioned for three days by US Army prosecutors.
Dr. Larson's findings? In an 1980 newspaper interview he said: "What we've heard is that six million Jews were exterminated. Part of that is a hoax." And what part was the hoax? Dr. Larson, who told his biographer that to his knowledge he "was the only forensic pathologist on duty in the entire European Theater" of Allied military operations, confirmed that "never was a case of poison gas uncovered."