Commissioner for the Four-Year Plan, Herman Göring Beauftragter für den Vierjahresplan (Herman Göring) (Fond 700)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1993.A.0085.1.10
  • RG-11.001M.09
1 Jan 1914 - 31 Dec 1945, 1 Jan 1924 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • German
  • Russian
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

9 microfilm reels (partial), 16 mm

7,590 digital images, JPEG


Biographical History

Hermann Göring was appointed as the Commissioner for the Four-Year Plan on October 18, 1936. This appointment, as well as that of the Commissar for Raw Materials and Foreign Currency, gives Göring a great deal of influence over the German economy. Between 1937 and 1941, Göring exercises nearly absolute power over the country's economy. The Four-Year Plan had four priorities: 1. To increase agricultural production; 2. Retrain key sectors of the work force; 3. Government regulation of imports and exports; 4. To achieve self-sufficiency in the production of raw materials. The Four-Year Plan was extended into World War Two. To force through success Goering was quite prepared to use slave labor. He later tried to justify ordering the use of what he called “forced labor” at the Nuremberg Trials when he said that he believed that Germany was fighting for its very existence and therefore any measures that could help Germany to survive were, by their very nature, acceptable.

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 700. 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

Consists of directives for organizing the Four-Year Plan, with estimates of labor needed from civilian prisoners, foreign workers, and POWs; a 1936 memorandum from Hitler about German foreign policy, including preparation for war with the Soviet Union, "Lebensraum," and ascriptions of collective Jewish responsibility for economic crimes; information about Göring's conferences with military commanders and the Agriculture Ministry regarding increasing food production for Germany from the Occupied Territories; records about Göring's orders on forced mobilization of the male and female population, the confiscation of food and animals, and the organization of new industry in Occupied Territories; reports on the growth of the partisan movement in the Ukraine; statistics on German losses from partisans in the Ukraine and Belarus; information about Göring's conferences regarding overall military actions in the Occupied Territories; and several 1943 reports on the Four-Year Plan, fighting partisans, and on partisan activities (apparently translations from German into Russian). Note: USHMM Archives holds only selected records.

System of Arrangement

Fond 700 (1914-1945). Opis 1-2; Dela 122. Arranged in two series: 1. Directives of arranging Nazi Four-year plan, protocols of meetings and conferences, 1936-1943; 2. Correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, 1924-1945. Note: Location of digital images; Partial microfilm reels: Reels 111,186, 205, 378-381; Reel 111: Image #754-779; Reel 205: Image #214-886; Reel 378: Image #1634-Reel end; Reel 379: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 380: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 381: Reel start-Image #1909.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv




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