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Deutsche Geschichte im 20. Jh.: Tagesrapporte der Gestapo Wien. Online

Tagesrapporte der Gestapoleitstelle Wien 1938–1945

  • Unique source with information on almost 16,000 people (741 daily reports, 5,795 pages)
  • The Gestapo headquarters in Vienna is the only one whose archive is almost completely preserved.
  • Previously unpublished, rarely used records on the politically motivated persecution of “public enemies”.
  • An ideal supplement to the situation and status reports from other parts of the ”Reich”.
  • Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users campus / institution-wide

From 1934 on, the Regional Gestapo Headquarters throughout the entire German Reich had to report all political incidents of the previous 24 hours to Berlin. The purpose of these reports was to outline the mood, the political situation and security measures. This regulation was later applied to Austria, following its annexation.

In cooperation with the "Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)", Vienna, and the "Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Kriegsverbrecherprozesse" at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, the daily reports of the Gestapo regional headquarters in Vienna are now published for the first time and thus available for historical research. For no other Gestapo regional headquarters is such a concentration of source material available.

Until the demise of the Nazi regime some 810 reports were sent from Vienna to the central headquarters in Berlin, regularly providing information falling under the following rubrics:

  • Left wing opposition, such as the KPÖ (Austrian communist party) and other Marxist groups
  • National opposition ("Vaterländische Front")
  • Opposition (civil disobedience, recalcitrance, crimes of utterance, listening to foreign radio transmissions)
  • Catholic movement / political Catholicism
  • NSDAP and affiliations
  • Jews
  • The press
  • Sects
  • Economic issues
  • Other, such as forced labor ("prohibited contacts"), Poland ("migrant workers")

No less than 741 daily reports with approximately 5,795 pages have been analyzed for this edition. Some 70 reports are missing. The digital facsimiles can be searched both in full text and by using an index of names and subjects. In all, the database provides information about 16,000 men and women either arrested or being kept under surveillance by the Gestapo. The contents of this database can be searched separately or in combination with the contents of the National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933 – 1945 database.

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