Reich Commissioner for the Reunification of Austria with the German Reich : Correspondence-Josef Bürckel Reichskomissar für Wiedervereinigung Österreichs mit dem Deutschen Reich : Korrespondenzen-Josef Bürckel (Sign. AT-OeStA/AdR ZNsZ RK)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2018.123.1
  • RG-17.052M
1 Jan 1938 - 31 Dec 1940
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

138 microfilm reels, 35 mm


Biographical History

On March 13, 1938, Reich Chancellor and Führer Adolf Hitler appointed Josef Bürckel as the Gauleiter (Nazi Governor) of Nazi-annexed Austria. By Hitler's special decree of April 23, 1938, Bürckel was also appointed the Reich Commissioner for the Reunification of Austria with the German Reich (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 407/1938). The Reich Commissioner was responsible for the transition and integration of Austria's state administrative functions into the larger German Reich. The position existed until March 31, 1940 when it was disbanded through Hitler's special decree of March 15, 1940 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 539/1940).

Archival History

Österreichisches Staatsarchiv


Source of acquisition is the the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv (Austrian State Archives), Sign. AT-OeStA/AdR ZNsZ RK: Korrespondenz-Josef Bürckel. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in April 2018.

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Reichskommissar für die Wiedervereiningung Österreichs mit dem Deutschen Reich 'Reich Commissioner for Reunification of Austria with the German Reich' (Josef Bürckel (1895-1944)) with authorities and individuals regarding aryanization and expropriation of Jewish property and assets, racial laws, police, cultural matters, finances, propaganda and media.

System of Arrangement

Arranged in one series: 1. Correspondence, 1938-1940; and subject sub-series organized chronologically. Note: The microfilm reels # 1-6 are missing. The collection starts with microfilm reel #7.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Österreichisches Staatsarchiv


Corporate Bodies



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