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Research on the Nazi era

Personal research in the holdings on the Nazi era generally yield good results if the person sought:

  • was employed in one of the top or higher agencies of the German Reich,
  • worked in the judicial service (even in a junior position) during the years 1934 - 1945, or was involved in proceedings before the court of the Reich or another higher German court,
  • showed visible opposition to the Nazi regime and/or was exposed to acts of discrimination and persecution,
  • was of Jewish descent, which is shown on the supplementary cards to the national census records of 1939,
  • fell victim to the centrally controlled "Euthanasia" programme from 1939 to the summer of 1941,
  • was a Sinto or Rom subjected to tests carried out in the Criminal Biology Research Unit of the Reich Health Office,
  • belonged to the NSDAP, its structures – especially the SS – and affiliated associations or was active in the cultural sphere during the era of the "Third Reich" and must have therefore belonged to the Reich Chamber of Culture,
  • was a so-called Volksdeutscher [ethnic German] who was resettled from a residential area in central, eastern or south-eastern Europe to Reich territory or to the occupied eastern territories, and who underwent a naturalisation procedure at the central migration office (EWZ).