Akten der Partei-Kanzlei der NSDAP
Records of the Party Chancellery of the National Socialist Party – Reconstruction of Lost Records
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The Akten der Partei-Kanzlei der NSDAP [Records of the Party Chancellery of the National Socialist Party] offer extensive material on the decision-making in all areas of the Nazi regime, from the command system’s inner structure; to the history of legislative regulations in the “Third Reich,” and to state organized measures discriminating against and persecuting Jews, regime critics, and the church; as well as material on the history of one of the most important entities in the Nazi state. In addition, the records contain a variety of details on political personnel.
The written records of this important entity within the Nazi regime were almost completely destroyed at the end of the war. In over 20 years of work the records were reconstructed; it compromises 25,842 transactions with almost 200,000 pages. It contains written correspondence, reports, circulars, directives and decrees, guidelines, statements, letters, entries and other documents. The digitalized facsimiles have been summarized for the edition and provided with descriptive indexes.
The Führer’s Deputy’s Staff (Stab des Stellvertreters des Führers – StdF), or the Party Chancellery of the NSDAP (Partei-Kanzlei der NSDAP) as it was known from May 1941, was considered to be the central organ of leadership and an important center of power in the NSDAP. The department was fundamentally involved in the decision-making processes within the NSDAP and sought to have a say in all aspects of the state: within the party it had far-reaching influence on the allocation of party political leadership posts such as Gauleiter, Kreisleiter and Ortsgruppenleiter. In state affairs it influenced the legislative process, was involved in the appointment of higher-ranking Reichsbeamte, had a decisive effect on the administration of the annexed territories (Austria, Sudetenland and the eastern territories) and carried out civilian war measures. The staff of the StdF and the Party Chancellery of the NSDAP were particularly prominent in the rigorous enforcement of the National Socialist race, Jewish and Polish policies and took a rigid stance against the church.
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Additional material (1): reference books
Additional material (2): reference books from the National Socialist era
Editors of the first edition in Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jh.
Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Bundesarchiv, and Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945 der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek • Stiftung „Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum“ • Gedenkstätte „Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz“ • Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V. • Riga-Komitee der deutschen Städte • Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration • Herbert und Elsbeth Weichmann-Stiftung • Heinz Boberach • Wolfgang Form • Wolfgang Neugebauer • Theo Schiller • Sabine Gillmann • Hans Mommsen • Harald Hagemann • Claus-Dieter Krohn • Michael Hepp • Ulrike Wendland
Wolfgang Benz, Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung • Brita Eckert, Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933–1945 der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek • Josef Henke, Bundesarchiv • Peter Longerich, Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History, London • Elisabeth Niggemann, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek • Hermann Rumschöttel, Staatliche Archive Bayerns • Udo Wengst, Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jh.: Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933–1945 Online, De Gruyter/K. G. Saur (2006–2022)