Selected records of postwar East German investigative court cases and trials to Nazi war crimes Records ZUV

Identifier
irn515767
Language of Description
English
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2004.300
  • RG-14.068
Dates
1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1990
Level of Description
Item
Languages
  • German
Source
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

boxes

239

49,449 digital images, TIFF and JPEG

1,388 microfiche,

1 CD,

Archival History

Der Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik Arkhiv

Acquisition

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.

Records were created by the courts and prosecutors' offices in East Germany. The former East German Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit or MfS) had taken (over time) into custody a substantial number of the judicial records. After the reunification of Germany, from 1990 onward, the records from the Stasi archive of the German Democratic Republic were collected in the Archives of the Federal Custodian for the materials of the Security Service of the former GDR (Die Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, BStU) in Berlin, Germany. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's International Programs Division acquired selected records from the Federal Custodian for the materials of the Security Service of the former GDR in Mar. 2004. The Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the first part of the collection in June 2004, other accretions in Jun and Oct. 2005, Feb. and Nov. 2006, Jan. 2007, May 2009, April 2010, Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2015. Ongoing project.

Scope and Content

Prosecutions in the Soviet-Occupied Zone of Germany (subsequently German Democratic Republic) against perpetrators of Nazi-era crimes. Victims were Jews, the mentally ill, prisoners of war, and other groups in ghettos, partisan areas, camps, and killing centers. Perpetrators were in the SS, the Einsatzgruppen, police battalions and regiments, the euthanasia program, the court system, ghetto and camp administrations, the Wehrmacht, and the latter's Field Police (Feldgendarmerie) and Secret Field Police (Geheime Feldpolizei).

System of Arrangement

Arranged in 497 series. Each criminal case applies to one series number. The case number, the regional office, and principal defendant are listed for each trial

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access. This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Der Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik Arkhiv

Subjects

Genre

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