Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Bundeszentrale für Heimatdienst - Franken, Paul

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1556 3000/9/1/10
  • Dates of Creation
      06/08/1954 - 29/05/1961
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      13 letters

Scope and Content

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).

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.

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Related Material

See the numerous correspondences on the Dokumentenwerk project within the Pre-1963 Correspondence series.