Amtsgericht (District Court) of Moravská Ostrava
Extent and Medium
11,37 linear meters
The files of the Amtsgericht (district court) in Moravská Ostrava were taken over after 1945 by the District Court for Ostrava-west, after the files had been transferred to the relevant Czech courts. In 1961 the files were taken over by the State Archives in Opava where the fonds was partly arranged. In 1984 the entire fonds was taken over by the Archive of the Town of Ostrava. The fonds was arranged in 1993 and added to in 1995.
Scope and Content
The fonds is a valuable source for investigating the Nazi occupation justice in the lowest instance. The court files deal mostly with legal issues of Germans and also, to a large extent, of Poles and Slovaks living within the court's jurisdiction. The fonds also contains death records of the fallen Wehrmacht members of the judicial district, persons of Reich nationality who died in the raids on Ostrava, suicides, drowned persons, and victims of injuries and accidents. An important document of the antifascist resistance is the death records of prisoners in the concentration camps at Mauthausen and Auschwitz and death
records of the executed persons in Wroclaw, and others. The biggest part of the documents consists of civil files dealing with inheritance, guardianship and custody (e.g. the inheritance file of Adolf Sonnenschein, director of the Vítkovice ironworks). It is also necessary to pay attention to the protocols of deaths of Jews during 1940-1943 (e.g. in the Jewish
orphanage in Moravská Ostrava or in the Jewish hospital in Přívoz).
System of Arrangement
The fonds is divided into Official books and Files (registry finding aids, files).
ROHLOVÁ Eva – KOLÁŘOVÁ Renata, Úřední soud v Moravské Ostravě (1919) 1939–1945 (1948). Inventář 1993, 114 s., ev. č. 141. Dodatky 1995, 3 s.
This archival description was created by the Jewish Museum in Prague in the framework of the cooperation between EHRI and the Yerusha project.