Aussenstelle Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten records : Records ZC
Extent and Medium
262,832 digital images, JPEG
805 microfilm reels, 35 mm
The Ministry for State Security, (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit), commonly known as the “Stasi” was the official secret police of East Germany. The Ministry for State Security was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city. It was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. Its motto was "Schild und Schwert der Partei" (Shield and Sword of the Party), showing its connections to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), the equivalent to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Another term used in earlier years to refer to the Ministry for State Security was Staatssicherheitsdienst (State Security Service or SSD). The Bundesarchiv branch at Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten, located in a suburb close to Berlin in the former East Germany, is currently a holder of the Nazi judicial collections from the period 1933-1945, which have only recently become available to research. The sub-Collection ZC offers insight into the persecution by the Nazi courts of individuals accused of “Rassenschande” (racial defilement), “Hochverrat” (high treason), “Verstoß gegen das Heimtückegesetz” (violation of the treachery law) and other political infractions. The overall number of pages of this sub-collection ZC of the "Nazi"-collections of the former Head Division [HA] IX/11 of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) of the GDR is an estimated 1 million pages.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Source of acquisition the Bundesarchiv, Berlin, Germany; Record Group, Sub-collection ZC, compiled by the former East German Security Service ("Stasi"). The documents were part of the East German archival system, then they were transferred to the Bundesarchiv. Records are of mixed provenance. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, and Aug. 2018.
System of Arrangement
Arrangement is thematic. Accretion in 2018: Shipment XXIII Reel 838-839, 37 files 2,394 pages; Shipment XXIV Reels #840-882, 965 files, 46,029 pages
Conditions Governing Access
Restrictions on access. To access Bundesarchiv collections researchers must fill out a "Request for Access to Bundesarchiv Documents." German and English-language copies of the "Law on the Preservation and Use of Federal Archival Documents" are available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives reference desk. The requirement was stipulated by the Bundesarchiv in the cooperative agreement signed with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Copyright Holder: Bundesarchiv (Germany)