Landrat (District Councillor) of Opava

Language of Description
1 Jan 1938 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

72,00 linear meters


After the end of the activity of the office of the Landrat (district councillor), its registry was transferred in 1945 to the then Silesian Land Archives in Opava. From certain sections of the agenda of the office only a fraction of the material has been preserved, and it is therefore possible to judge that the Germans intentionally destroyed certain more important parts of the registry or took them elsewhere. In 1955 the fonds was reconstructed and furnished with a temporary inventory list, and in 1960 was arranged. Part of the material received later remains unprocessed.

Scope and Content

The fonds represents one of the basic resources for the history of the administrative district of Opava during the period of occupation. It is an important resource in the study of the political, administrative, national, economic, social, cultural and educational conditions in the district of Opava in the years of 1938–1945. The Jewish issues are explicitly related to by the following documents: the Aryanisation of Jewish businesses from the years of 1939–1941 (inventory no. 381), list of Jewish writers and authors-emigrants from Nazi Germany (inventory no. 404), instructions to arrest Jews, alphabetically arranged applications of evacuees from seized territory for the return of abandoned residential facilities and personal articles (inventory no. 509). It is possible that further information about the procedure of the Nazi authorities against the Jewish community may be found also in other parts of the fonds, for example in the section relating to population records, ethnicity and state citizenship.

System of Arrangement

The fonds was arranged according to preserved file plans. The fonds comprises: I. Official books; II. Files; III. Accounting material; IV. Other material (seals). File material is divided into: A. Registry aids; B. Files; C. Card files; D. Official aids. The files are structured according to material perspectives.

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Process Info

  • This archival description was created by the Jewish Museum in Prague in the framework of the cooperation between EHRI and the Yerusha project.


This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.