Carl Schmitt: RFSS SD Hauptamt File

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 70483
1 Jan 1936 - 31 Jan 1936
Level of Description
  • German
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Biographical History

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Carl Schmitt, the controversial and influential political and legal theorist, was born on 11 July 1888 in Plettenberg, Westfalen. He was professor for jurisprudence in Greifswald, 1921; Bonn, 1922-1923; Berlin (Handelshochschule), 1926; Köln, 1933; and again in Berlin, during the Nazi era when he achieved the exalted position of ‘Crown Jurist'. During his career as a successful academic and teacher he became recognised as a fierce critic of the Weimar constitution, which he accused of having weakened the state and of relying on liberalism, which, in his view, was incapable of solving the problems of a modern mass democracy.

Archival History

The Wiener Library loaned the original of this document to the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in 1968. It is now held at the 'Wiener Collection', Ramat Gan University, Tel Aviv. Came to the donor from the widow of Otto Graf circa 1963, having been rescued from incineration 'somewhere in Bohemia'


Donor: Bohuslav Holy

Scope and Content

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This document is a dossier produced by the Sicherheitsdienst der Reichsführung SS, 1936-1937, the result of an extensive investigation into Carl Schmitt, constitutional theorist of the Weimar Republic and ‘Crown Jurist' of the Nazi era. It contains correspondence and reports from former colleagues of Schmitt and others, denouncing his alleged anti-nazi, pro-Jewish background. Also included is correspondence between the editor of Das Schwarze Korps, and officials within the RFSS SD, in which an anonymous article first appeared (c1936), questioning Schmitt's Nazi credentials. File of correspondence and reports on Carl Schmitt, produced by the Sicherheitsdienst des RFSS SD Hauptamt, PA 651C, Scmitt, Karl Dr. Prof., AKZ 4062/68, Fa 503

System of Arrangement

The non-microfilm material has been arranged and numbered in chronological order.

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  • Whilst the contents of the file are not numbered, they have been filmed in broadly chronological order




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