State Court and State Prosecutorial Office Reichsgericht and Reichsanwaltschaft Leipzig (Fond 567)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1993.A.0085.1.9
  • RG-11.001M.08
1 Jan 1881 - 31 Dec 1945, 1 Jan 1939 - 31 Dec 1943
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

5 microfilm reels (partial), 16 mm

9,426 digital images, JPEG


Biographical History

The Reichsgericht (Imperial Court of Justice) was the supreme criminal and civil court in the German Reich from 1879 to 1945. It was based in Leipzig, Germany. The Supreme Court was established when the Reichsjustizgesetze (Imperial Justice Laws) came into effect and it built a widely regarded body of jurisprudence during the period of the German Empire and Weimar Republic. During the rise of the Third Reich, the Reichsgericht became deeply embroiled in the National Socialist agenda. It even involved itself in matters of Nazi Matrimonial and Contract Law before enactment of the Nuremberg Laws. During and after the Nazi period it received criticism for the ease, and even willingness, with which it provided the highest level of formal legal justification for Nazi programs. Immediately after the end of World War II the Reichsgericht was dissolved, and reformed into the German High Court for the Unified Economic Region, the Allied occupation zones of France, the United Kingdom and the United States. [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 567. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 2000 and accretion in 1993, and accretion in 2002.

Scope and Content

Investigative files concerning questions of "Aryan" heritage and confiscation of property and money. Includes questions of citizens' and nationals' "Aryan heritage" as well as divorces in mixed marriages. Most of records contain court documents from Vienna courts, primarily cases, investigating racial purity, many of them involving married couples and divorces. Among cases is one in which Jewish man is sentenced because of extra-marital relations with a non-Jew (Folder 245). Some of cases involve violations by Jews of reporting requirements of assets, or currency violations. Note: USHMM Archives holds only selected records.

System of Arrangement

Fond 567 (1881-1945). Opis 1-5; Dela 16,193. Selected records arranged in two series: 1. Investigative files concerning questions of "Aryan" heritage, and Nazi racial law relating to separation of Aryan from Jewish partners, etc.; 2. Cases regarding confiscation of property and currency of Jews who fled Germany. Some cases are organized alphabetically. Note: Location of digital images; Partial microfilm reels #79, 187, 382-384; Reel 79: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 187: Image #503-Image #2171; Reel 382: Image #1119-reel end; Reel 383: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 384: Reel start -Reel end.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv




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