Reich Ministry of the Interior Reichsministerium des Innern (Fond 720)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2003.487.1
  • RG-11.001M.10
1 Jan 1821 - 31 Dec 1945, 1 Jan 1936 - 31 Dec 1941
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

11 microfilm reels (partial), 16 mm

21,108 digital images, JPEG


Biographical History

The Reich Ministry of the Interior (RMI) was the Ministry of the Interior of the German Reich during the Weimar Republic and the period of National Socialism . On November 1, 1934, it was united with the Prussian Ministry of the Interior to the Reich and Prussian Ministry of the Interior. It had the responsibility for the entire police apparatus. It was the successor of the Reich Office of the Interior and the predecessor of the Ministry of the Interior. Since April 14, 1914, the Ministry of Interior had the responsibility for elite sports as national task. Extension of the Reich Ministry of the Interior from the 1930s, Dorotheenstraße 93. The Official Gazette of the Reich Ministry, which was issued for the purpose of public announcements, was the Reichsministerialblatt (RMBl) from 1923 to 1945. It followed in this function from 1873 to 1922 mostly still published by the predecessor authority Zentralblatt for the German Reich (ZBl). [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 720. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 1993, and accretion in 2002.

Scope and Content

Consists of arrest reports as well as reports on other Gestapo activities such as raids and persons killed while trying to escape. The reasons for the arrests are included in the reports and include printing illegal material, spreading atrocity reports, suspicion of espionage, illegal possession of weapons, membership/leadership in illegal organizations, and being a Communist, foreigner, or Jew. Also included are reorganization plans for the Sipo Hauptamt in January 1938 and the whole Reichsministrium in July 1941. Note: USHMM Archives holds only selected records.

System of Arrangement

Fond 720 (1821-1945). Opis 1-9; Dela 14,376. Arranged in twelve series: 1. Correspondence with German administration, reports, and newspaper clippings; 2. Reports on economic and political situation in the USSR, Poland and Baltic States, and on activities of the Gestapo; 3. Structure and business plans of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; 4. Personal files of the Ministry staff; 5. Documents on the KPD, the Socialist Workers International, and political situation; 6. Circulars, correspondence of the Reich Ministry of Interior; 7. Minutes of negotiations on the implementation of the Munich Agreement; 8. Files of the Reich Ministry of Interior employees (Abepthum-Zwicker); 9. Files of the Reich Ministry of Interior employees (Nieden-Nußbaum); 10. Financial records; 11. Personal files of the Reich Ministry of Interior staff (von Bischoffshausen-Zernicke); 12. Information bulletins, police reports, naturalization documents, administration and legislation records. Note: Location of digital images; Partial microfilm reels: Reels 91-92, 385-393; Reel 91: Image #2179-Reel end; Reel 92: Reel start-Image #301, and #576-#787; Reel 385, 387, 389, 390,391, 392: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 393: Reel start-Image #2188.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


Corporate Bodies



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