"The pages are simply ripped out," said historian Martin Magnussen, who in 2012 exposed Denmark's largest theft of documents from the same archive. "The way I assess it, more than half of the case has disappeared, perhaps even closer three quarters," he told Berlingske. In 2012, two people linked to both the motorcycle club Hells Angels and Nazi gatherers' circles were revealed to have systematically stolen from the archives.
"This case is of historic importance for Denmark, being the first of its kind in 65 years. It is also a test of Denmark's resolve to bring Nazi criminals to justice," Efraim Zuroff told Berlingske.
"The camp was particularly notorious for its terrible conditions, whereas the Danish guards played an important role. The camp had 1,500 Jewish prisoners. Nearly all of them were murdered or died of physical exhaustion," Zuroff told Swedish newspaper Expressen.
"I wish I had not been in the Corps, but you cannot turn back the clock," Helmuth Leif Rasmussen told Berlingske.
Denmark was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940. Free Corps Denmark was a Danish volunteer unit established in 1941 to fight against the Soviet Union. In May 1942, Free Corps Denmark was relocated to the Eastern Front and joined the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf. Over the years, several hundred war crimes committed by approximately 6,000 Free Corps Denmark-members were uncovered. After WWII, about 13,500 Danish nationals were convicted, the majority of the Nazi collaborationists being giving a minimum sentence of two years' imprisonment. In addition, 46 death sentences were given.