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Other Search Systems

The Federal Archives offer other specialised databases in addition to their central applications. Some of the systems below are no longer updated.

ARGUS

ARGUS lets you run searches and view digitised copies of holdings and documents from the foundation Archives of the Political Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR (SAPMO), from the GDR Department of the Federal Archives, and from the Archive of Stasi Documents (BStU-Archiv). If you would like to use archive material in the reading room at the Federal Archives, please request this via email or in the reading room in Berlin-Lichterfelde.

The data held by the Federal Archives in ARGUS is successively transferred to invenio. We therefore recommend running a parallel search in invenio, especially for SAPMO documents. Please note that reference codes indicated in ARGUS cannot be reserved or requested via invenio.

Edition: "Reich Chancellery Files"

The online edition of the “Reich Chancellery Files. Weimar Republic”, published by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Federal Archives, lets you search through 23 volumes on the cabinets of the Weimar Republic from 1968 to 1990.

Edition: "Official Minutes of Federal Cabinet Meetings"

The online edition of the Official Minutes of Federal Cabinet Meetings, published by the Federal Archives, lets you search through the minutes of meetings disclosed after a 30-year term of protection.

"Filmothek" – Digital Film Portal

The Digital Film Portal lets you find, crop and download films from the Federal Archives. The portal is a joint project run by the Federal Archives, Transit Film GmbH and Digital Collections.

Memorial Book – Victims of the Persecution of Jews under the Nazi Regime in Germany (1933-1945)

The online version of the memorial book lets you search for victims of the persecution of Jews under the Nazi regime in Germany from 1933 to 1945.

Inventory of Sources on the History of Euthanasia Crimes (1939-1945)

The Inventory of Sources on the History of Euthanasia Crimes (1939-1945) provides an overview of the archive material held in four states on the organised murder of people with mental illnesses and disabilities during the Nazi regime. The application was developed in 2003 and is no longer updated.

Archives of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and the Free German Trade Union Federation (FDGB)

This portal was developed in 2006 to provide background information on the SED and FDGB holdings found in the Federal Archives and relevant regional archives; you can run topical cross-archive searches via the Archives Portal Europe.

Central Database of Personal Papers

The Central Database of Personal Papers (ZDN) is a database created by the Federal Archives in cooperation with other archives and organisations, where estates and partial estates from over 1,000 are recorded.

Forced Labour in the Nazi State

The information portal for Forced Labour in the Nazi State provides information on archive material concerning forced labour in Nazi Germany, its history and existing literature; it also gives an overview of the reparation efforts carried out since 1945.