Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) (Fond 1401)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1993.A.0085.1.21
  • RG-11.001M.21
1 Jan 1933 - 31 Dec 1942
Level of Description
  • German
  • Hebrew
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

2 microfilm reels (partial), 16 mm

3,102 digital images, JPEG


Biographical History

The Reichleiter Rosenberg fur die besetzen Gebiete (ERR)-The Reichsleiter Rosenberg Task Force for the Occupied Territories (ERR) was established on Hitler’s order in July 5, 1940. Its mission was to plunder art, libraries and archives owned by “enemies” of the Reich. During the first years of existence the ERR was active in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1941 ERR shifted its activities to the occupied Soviet territories, and in 1943 established a special depository for books from the occupied eastern territories the Őstbűcherei in Racibόrz, Poland (Ratibor). The ERR ceased operation with the fall of the Nazi regime.

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 1401. 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 a photocopy of Goring’s directive establishing the headquarters in German-occupied territories for the confiscation of valuables form the Jewish and masonic organizations, Rosenberg’s orders stablishing the task Force, memoranda and correspondence of the ERR special headquarters in the Ukraine and Croatia. Most of material pertains to Yugoslavia and ERR efforts to collect and remove to Germany cultural material, and to conduct propaganda against Jews and Freemasons. Included are lists of confiscated Jewish property; protocols of interrogations of Jews and Freemasons regarding their property; a list of Jewish writers and a list of German-Jewish writers; a list of Jews still resident in Dubrovnik; a list of books confiscated by ERR in Riga, Latvia; and summary reports of ERR actions in Greece in 1941, with an estimate of the number of Jews in various Greek cities and towns; and lists of Jewish organizations. Note: USHMM Archives holds only selected records.

System of Arrangement

Fond 1401 (1933-1942). Opis 1; Dela 77. Selected records arranged in three series: 1. German orders and directives related to Jewish and Freemason’s properties on German occupied territories; 2. Rosenberg's field reports from Croatia, and Greece; 3. Lists, card indexes, and various notes on confiscated cultural properties. Note: Location of digital images; Microfilm reels: #131-132; Reel 131: Reel start-Reel end; Reel 132: Reel start-Image #1007.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Rossiĭskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ voennyĭ arkhiv


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