The correspondence illustrates nearly a decade of cooperation of Helmut Krausnick and Alfred Wiener as responsible editors of the planned Dokumentenwerk. The project’s early stage was shaped by determining several conceptual, legal, financial, and personnel questions (1954/1955). While the IfZ was tasked with compiling material on the persecution of Jews the Library was held accountable for a part on opposition, resistance and help for Jews.
From 1957 the correspondence reflects gradually growing problems of the project’s implementation finally leading to its termination. The amount of available material, other commitments of the editors, and internal differences with researchers Eleonore Sterling, Hans Mommsen (both IfZ), and Francis Carsten (The Wiener Library) are mentioned. Furthermore, the bundle contains a draft of a project contract (1955), a progress report (1955), and a memo about a visit of H. Krausnick in London (1956).