The correspondence centres on organisational issues related with the Dokumentenwerk project. It reveals different approaches of Alfred Wiener and the project's board member Karl Thieme regarding the book's composition (1954) as well as internal discrepancies with Francis Carsten, the project researcher employed by The Wiener Library (1960-1961).
Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Bundeszentrale für Heimatdienst - Franken, Paul
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- ReferenceGB 1556 3000/9/1/10
- Dates of Creation06/08/1954 - 29/05/1961
- Language of MaterialGerman
- Physical Description13 letters
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Beginning in 1954 The Wiener Library and the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich worked jointly on an edition of documents (Dokumentenwerk) regarding the persecution of Jews in the Nazi era. Initiated by the Ministry of Interior (BMI) and funded by the Federal Agency for Homeland Service (BHD) this project was part of larger journalistic endeavors by these two authorities to fight and prevent Antisemitism in West Germany. Due to ongoing problems the Dokumentenwerk was cancelled eventually in May 1963.
Dr. Paul Franken was a German historian who served as head of the BHD from 1952-68.