Records of the Hauptamt Wissenschaft- series Kennkarten, Police Identification Cards assigned to German Jews (RG 222)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2010.378
  • RG-67.027M
1 Jan 1939 - 31 Dec 1942
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

6,027 digital images, JPEG

5 microfilm reels (digitized), 35 mm


Biographical History

The Institut der NSDAP zur Erforschung der Judenfrage in Frankfurt am Main, or the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question, was founded in April 1939 with the objective of creating a Hohe Schule which would be a university dedicated to the study of Nazi philosophy especially the theories of racialism and the study of the Jewish question. The institute was opened on March 28, 1941 and was under the direction of Alfred Rosenberg, who was also the head of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) the Nazi pillaging unit which traveled to all parts of occupied Europe and ransacked and plundered homes, communal organizations and libraries, and removed original Jewish books, manuscripts, religious artifacts, and artworks. The ERR units transported the plundered materials to the Institute in Frankfurt as well as in Hungen.

Archival History

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research


From YIVO instytute, RG-222, Series Kennkarten, ca. 1939 - ca. 1942, a part of the records created by the Institut der NSDAP zur Erforschung der Judenfrage in Frankfurt am Main. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in Dec. 2010.

Scope and Content

Contains 4689 administrative duplicates of police identification cards, called Kennkarten, issued to German Jews in the period c. 1939 – c. 1942 from several municipalities in Germany, including substantial numbers of cards from Mainz (Stadt & Land), Frankfurt A.M., Geissen, Darmstadt (Stadt & Land) and Worms.

System of Arrangement

The cards are arranged by place of residence and then by surname and first name. Each card has the following data elements: Surname and maiden name, first name, date of birth, occupation, physical marks (scars, etc.), signature, and photo for those over 10 years of age. The police authorities who maintained the card files noted on the back of the card if the person had died or if the person moved to another locality in Germany or out of the country.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Yivo Institute for Jewish Research

Corporate Bodies



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.