- Approximately 40,000 primary sources with about 450,000 pages
- 18,000 biographical articles on perpetrators and victims of the “Third Reich”
- Overviews of the structure and organization of the National Socialist authorities
- Inventories of archival file holdings and estates
- Scholarly introductions to the sources and essays on key themes
Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users campus / institution-wide
Aims and Scope
For this database fundamental primary sources on the National Socialist state and the NSDAP, Nazi ideology and propaganda, National Socialist justice and legislation, on resistance and persecution, and annihilation and expulsion in the "Third Reich" have been compiled and digitized.
The approx. 40,000 primary sources with about 450,000 pages include:
- administration files and correspondence from the highest authorities of the "Third Reich", especially from the party chancellery of the NSDAP,
- situation and status reports of the secret state police authorities (Geheime Staatspolizei, SD-Sicherheitsdienst of the SS and Reichssicherheitshauptamt) from the Reich and the annexed and occupied territories,
- Adolf Hitler’s speeches, writings and orders from 1925 to 1945,
- the diaries of Joseph Goebbels from 1923 to 1945,
- indictments and judgements of the Nazi People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof) and the Higher Regional Courts of Vienna and Graz, in which thousands of cases of high treason against opponents of the regime were heard, some of them sensational,
- programmatic writings, speeches, political testaments, camouflaged writings and leaflets by opponents of the regime and emigrants,
- expatriation and deportation lists,
- the previously unpublished card index on the Nuremberg war crimes trials, which indexes some 30,000 documents of evidence from the prosecution.
The variety and relevance of the content of the digitized sources, the unique extent to which the documents are indexed, and the huge amount of biographical material make the database a unique research instrument and one which points modern source research in new directions.
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