Chief of the Security Police and SD in the Occupied Soviet Baltic Territories (Riga) Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD in Riga (Fond 504)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1993.A.0085.1.6
  • RG-11.001M.05
1 Jan 1941 - 31 Dec 1944
Level of Description
  • German
  • Russian
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

5 microfilm reels (partial), 16 mm

5,218 digital images, JPEG


Biographical History

Commanders of the Security Police and Security Service or Commander of the SiPo and SD ,or BdS were heads of a kind of RSHA field office from the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) in Nazi- occupied territories. Several "commanders of the security police and the SD" (KdS) were subordinated to a BdS. They had essentially the same tasks as the Einsatzkommandos. At the beginning of the Polish campaign in September 1939, first in the General Government for the occupied Polish territories , then in the other Rear Army Areas for "carrying out special security police duties outside the troops" Einsatzgruppen of the Security Police and SD (consisting of Einsatzkommandos or Sonderkommandos) corresponded to their structure to the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA), so that they were also referred to as "mobile RSHA" or as "RSHA in small." In the areas of the occupied territories, where fighting had no longer taken place and the occupation administration had already been consolidated, the units of the Einsatzgruppen were transformed into stationary institutions for specific areas in which they performed tasks similar to those of the Reich Security Police . They were also-as previously the Einsatzgruppen-in addition to intelligence activities with "special treatments" (e.g. the murder) of the Jews involved. For each occupied country a commander of the security police and the SD (BdS) was used. Exceptions were only Alsace, Lorraine, the Warthegau, the Generalgouvernement and the Reichskommissariate " Ostland " and Ukraine , for each of which a separate BdS was ordered. At lower regional level several "commanders of the security police and the SD" were subordinated to the BdS. In the East, two "Reich Commissariats" were formed after the front had frozen in the winter of 1941-42: The Reichskommissariat Ostland and the Reichskommissariat Ukraine. [Source: "Wikipedia"]

Archival History

Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Source of acquisition is the Russian State Military Archive (Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv), Osobyi Archive, Fond 504. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 1993.

Scope and Content

The collection contains reports, German translations of documents, minutes, circulars, orders, reviews, secret publications, financial documents, correspondence, special bulletins, transcripts of testimonies, and various materials such as copies of documents and maps. Includes information on police activities against partisans and other resistance efforts in the Occupied Eastern Territories; the activities of Einsatzgruppe A; directives and instructions of Himmler and other senior police officials about the treatment of foreign workers; measures for their punishment; the treatment of Communist Party officials; documents created by resistance groups and CP organs that were captured by the Wehrmacht and SS; Schutzmannschaften activities; Jewish partisan activities; the slave labor of Jews, Soviet POWs, and others; the collaboration of Polish and other nationalist groups with Germans against the USSR; the transport and forced labor of Jews; the establishment and maintenance of camps and prisoners; the killing of Jews and others in forests; the Spanish Blue Division; Latvian and Dutch volunteers in German military units; and the general administration of occupied territories.

System of Arrangement

Fond 504 (1941-1944). Opis 1-2, Delo 1-46. It was copied as the whole collection. Arranged in eight series: 1. SIPO various reports; 2. Orders and instructions to the various police bodies in the occupied Baltic States; 3. Instructions and correspondence of the SIPO and SD on various matters; 4. Orders, regulations and directives from Himmler and other German police officials; 5. Orders, regulations, and correspondence of the RSHA with various security police units in Ostland about the formation and reorganization of concentration and labor camps in Pakrie, Slansi, Stutthof, Lublin, Warsaw, Nowogrodek, Riga, and other territories in the occupied countries; 6. Travel reports to Kaunas (Lithuania) and Minsk (Belarus) by a Nazi functionaries, 1943; 7. Personnel documents of German officials (resumes, forms, letters, excerpts from the "Who is Who in the Third Reich" ); 8. Lists of officials of the German civil administration in Riga; January 1942-June 1944. Note: Location of digital images; Partial microfilm reels: #74-75, 186, 204, 205; Reel 74: Image #1283-Reel end; Reel 75: Reel start-Image #1861; Reel186: Image #100-Reel end; Reel 204: Image #1907-Reel end; Reel 205: Reel start-image #478.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


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