4. The next step
The next step is to walk into a room probably not dissimilar to this with an official slip of paper in your hand nominating the files you are allowed to winnow out of the racks and take back to the reading room.
Nothing is digitalised in this shop. But I’m betting they have a few heavy-duty photocopiers.
The files under your arm are known to contain the birth names of ALL the German technicians and scientists convinced to leave Germany after WW2 and work in the West, including the 127 who stepped ashore in Australia.
There is mention of some correspondence in these files as well and what we hope to see are a couple of mug shots, not that it matters too much, the birth names of these blokes are plenty to work on and remembering that our man was wearing American clobber means the US list might have the gold.
I’m thinking it will be race to the finish.