Eesti Julgeolekupolitsei Tallinna Töö- ja Kasvatuslaager (Tallinna Keskvangimaja)

  • Tallinn Work and Education Camp of Estonian Security Police (Central prison in Tallinn)
  • Arbeits- und Erziehungslager Tallinn (No. 1)
Language of Description
1941 - 1944
Level of Description
  • Estonian
  • German
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

192 records in 9 series; original bounded paper documents.

Biographical History

This fonds is part of a collection of documents of the German Security Police subunit. This collection remained in Estonia after the Second World War and was transferred to the National Archives of Estonia, Estonian State Archives. From August 1941 until July 1942 the prison functioned under the name Central Prison (Zentralgefängnis in Reval). In July 1942 the German Security Police reorganized network places of imprisonment and Central Prison was renamed Work and Education Camp No. 1. Places of imprisonment were subordinated to the German Security Police and SD in Estonia, Group B (so-called Estonian Security Police).

Scope and Content

This fonds contains different kinds of documentation of Central Prison in Tallinn (official named Work and Education Camp, German: Arbeitserziehungslager), which was subordinated to the German Security Police in Estonia (Sicherheitspolizei und SD Estland). Documentation includes curriculas, orders, circulars, correspondence and reports, personal lists and statistics. Relevant materials contain:

  • personal files of inmates

  • personal lists and statistics of inmates

  • lists of inmates sent to forced labour

  • materials concerning fate of Jews from Estonia; Jews from Germany and Czech territory, who were deported to Estonia 1942; and Jews from France, who were deported to Estonia in 1944.

System of Arrangement

This archive fond includes original documents of Tallinn Work and Education Camp of Security Police (Central prison in Tallinn, 1941-1944), which is divided into 9 series:

  • Õppekavad, määrused, eeskirjad / Curriculas, orders, regulations

  • Julgeolekupolitsei juhi ja laagri juhtkonna käskkirjad / Orders from Commander of Security police and administration of Camp (prison)

  • Ringkirjad, juhendid, korraldused / circulars, directives, orders

  • Kirjavahetus ja ettekanded laagri sisekorra küsimustes / Correspondence and reports

  • Laagri isikkoosseisu ja vahialuste nimekirjad ja aruanded vahialuste arvulise liikumise kohta / Personal lists of camp staff and inmates; statistic of inmates

  • Vahialuste isiklikud toimikud / personal files of inmates

  • Load vahialustega kohtumiseks / permissions to meet inmates

  • Kirjavahetus majandusalastes küsimustes / correspondence about economic issues

  • Registratuur- ja arveraamatud / Books of registration and bills

Detailed information on all of these sub-categories is available here.

Conditions Governing Access

Free access

Conditions Governing Reproduction

It is possible to order copies, digital copies and to take photos (without flash). Price list of copies

Finding Aids

Publication Note

Ruth Bettina Birn. Die Sicherheitspolizei in Estland 1941–1944: Eine Studie zur Kollaboration im Osten. Sammlung Schöningh zur Geschichte und Gegenwart. Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2006.

Archivist Note

Entry added on October 9, 2014 by Meelis Maripuu, based on finding aids available at the homepage of Estonian State Archives, printed finding aid, and personal research experiences.

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