Reich Commissioner for the Reunification of Austria with the German Reich Bürckel Materie Reichskommissar für die Wiedervereinigung Österreichs mit dem Deutschen Reich (Sign. AT-OeStA/AdR ZNsZ RK)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2013.211
  • RG-17.048M
1 Jan 1938 - 31 Dec 1940
Level of Description
  • German
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

137 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. Previous holders: 1941-1945: Reichsarchiv Wien (Abteilung Archiv des Innern und der Justiz) and 1945-1987: Allgemeines Archiv; 1987-current: Österreichisches Staatsarchiv. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in 2013.

Scope and Content

Contains records pertaining to the aryanization and expropriation of Jewish property and assets, racial laws, police, cultural matters, finances, propaganda and media. Among the documents is a large quantity of letters from private individuals to Nazi Governor Bürckel, including mail from citizens denouncing their Jewish as well as non-Jewish neighbors.

System of Arrangement

The collection was reproduced selectively according to the full folder principle.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Österreichisches Staatsarchiv


Corporate Bodies



This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.