The Ministry and the Past

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Das Amt und die Vergangenheit: Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik (The Ministry and the Past: German Diplomacy in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic) is an 880-page report released by the German Foreign Office and published by Karl Blessing Verlag on October 28, 2010. It alleges new revelations of the Ministry's involvement in the Holocaust.


The report was commissioned by former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in 2005[1] and prepared for German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The report's findings were to be incorporated into training for future German diplomats.

The report has been published commercially, going on sale before it was delivered to Westerwelle[2] and available for €34,95 at some exchanges.[3] As of March 2012, over 75,000 copies of the report had been sold, an unusually high number for a history book that occupies such a specialized niche.[4]


The report has been met with skepticism, with TIME magazine questioning the 65-year delay of the charges.[5]