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The Netherlands announced that it will release its World War II-era files on accused Nazi collaborators.

The documents will be made available online to the public, the New York Times reported.

Historians and archivists hailed the move as a means for finally having access to Dutch investigators’ reports that have been kept secret by the government since the end of the war.

Over 65,000 accused Nazi collaborators were put on trial in a special court set up to judge their guilt, with some imprisoned and others sentenced to death.

“It’s a sensitive archive,” Edwin Klijn, head of The War in Court, a group of Dutch history institutions that had called for open access to the documents, told the Times.

The files will be digitized to allow for name and keyword searches.

The Dutch archive is not the first of suspected collaborators to be opened to the public, explained Paul Shapiro, director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

But he told the news outlet that what makes the Dutch announcement unique in that the records will be accessible by an online search.