Bundesarchiv (The Federal Archives of Germany)
The records of the German Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives) concerning seizure, disposal and restitution of Nazi-Era looted cultural property are collected in the record groups NS 8 (Kanzlei Rosenberg), NS 30 (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg), and B 323 (Treuhandverwaltung für Kulturgut bei der Oberfinanzdirektion München). The online-finding aids to these relevant holdings are linked to this Portal. Many of the records are also available in digital format. Links within the online finding aids are provided where appropriate. For the use of records that are not available digitally online, visitors should contact the Bundesarchiv prior to the planned visit.
Kanzlei Rosenberg (NS 8)
The largest part of the files of Alfred Rosenberg that had been collected/gathered in Nuremberg, were taken to Alexandria, Virginia and were partly microfilmed. These files, known as U.S. Army Departmental Records Branch Record Group 1008, Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories, arrived at the German Federal Archives in March 1963 in the course of the repatriation of records from the United States. In the fall of 1963 the records were split into several groups according to their provenance.
Those files that were part of this repatriation and originated from the Rosenberg Chancellery represent the main body of the record group NS 8 (Kanzlei Rosenberg). Some files which had made their way to the state archives of Nuremberg and were handed over to the Federal Archives in 1955 were added as well as several volumes from various other American record repatriations. More additions were made through one volume each of the central archives of the GDR (62 Ka 2/1) and from the so called NS-archives of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR (ZA VI 6322).
Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (NS 30)
The record group NS 30 (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg) comprises a collection of dispersed files and single documents. Most of these records had been last used at the provisional office of the ERR in Ratibor. Parts of the leading staff and the direction of the East library were evacuated from Berlin to Ratibor together with large holdings of books. Moreover Ratibor received further documents that the members of the Hauptarbeitsgruppen (HAG) Ostland, Ukraine and White Ruthenia had been able to rescue. The preserved files of the record group NS 30 derive most likely from these holdings, which were subsequently evacuated from Ratibor to the West.
Treuhandverwaltung von Kulturgut bei der Oberfinanzdirektion München (B 323)
The record group B 323 (Treuhandverwaltung für Kulturgut bei der Oberfinanzdirektion München) also contains files and documents of different origin that contributed to the clarification of the ownership status of looted cultural property and its restitution after 1945. It can be described as a collection of materials, most of which are copies of NS-governmental records, contact prints of files taken to the United States, or index cards. Other files document the trusteeships' efforts for restitution.
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