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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Asked To Aid Search For Nazi Gold

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Jewish leader Ignatz Bubis urged Moscow and Washington on Friday to open more of their archives to help find missing receipts for gold the Nazis looted from Holocaust victims and banks in occupied countries.

He was speaking after an official report, compiled by Germany's Federal Archive with help from the Bundesbank, concluded that the missing documents had disappeared without a trace and may have been destroyed as late as the 1970s.

Bubis praised German archivists for doing their best to track down 26 missing files of receipts of dental gold pulled from exterminated Jews, coins and jewelry as well as 50 books of gold accounts from the Nazis' central bank, the Reichsbank.

But he urged Bonn to press the last surviving German officials, who were responsible for the documents after World War II, to provide a full account.

"If at all, there's still a chance of finding them in Russia and America because they are the two countries that haven't opened all of their archives," Bubis said in an interview.

The German report said archives in Moscow containing records from postwar Soviet occupying authorities in Germany could hold some answers about missing gold.