Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Institut für Zeitgeschichte - Mommsen, Hans

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      GB 1556 3000/9/1/22
  • Dates of Creation
      29/04/1961 - 15/02/1963
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  • Physical Description
      20 items

Scope and Content

The correspondence reflects the last stage of the Dokumentenwerk. It centres on H. Mommsen’s contribution to the project, i.e. a revision and completion of existing parts on the Nazi persecution of Jews. The letters address different approaches to the topic as well as general delays related to Mommsen’s leave of the IfZ.

The correspondence contains two versions of a memo on a meeting between Alfred Wiener, Johann Wolfgang Brügel, Helmut Krausnick, and Hans Mommsen (1961), two internal notes by Eva Reichmann und J. W. Brügel on Mommsen’s work (1961), an unsigned memo on conversations with H. Krausnick and H. Mommsen in Munich (1962), and an undated handwritten calculation on project expenses.

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. Hans Mommsen (1930-2015) was a German historian, and nationally as well as internationally highly regarded scholar on National Socialism. The later university professor served as researcher at IfZ from 1960-63, and had been recruited for research and editorial works on the Dokumentenwerk.

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

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