Correspondence regarding a board meeting as well as the scheduling of a separate personal meeting related with the Dokumentenwerk project.
Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Geis, Raphael
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- ReferenceGB 1556 3000/9/1/16
- Dates of Creation04/01/1954 - 17/01/1955
- Language of MaterialGerman
- Physical Description10 letters
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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. Robert Raphael Geis (1906-1972) was a German scholar of Jewish studies. He had emigrated to Palestine after being imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp in the wake of the November Pogrom 1938. Serving as rabbi for the West German state of Baden-Württemberg from 1952-56, he was a member of the Dokumentenwerk board.