Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Bundeszentrale für Heimatdienst - Jacobsen, Walter

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1556 3000/9/1/12
  • Dates of Creation
      04/11/1954 - 21/12/1961
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      55 letters

Scope and Content

The correspondence centres on organizational aspects related to the Dokumentenwerk. In the project’s early stage this includes the scheduling of a project meeting with the project’s board member’s and editors (1954), and a discussion of reccurring delays of the official assignment of the project by the BHD (1955). From 1957 the correspondence reflects the BHD’s urge to complete the work. The letters concern several smaller meetings as well as financial details. Additionally, a protocol of a meeting with the project’s board member’s (including Max Horkheimer) and editors, a money order, and a memo on a meeting of W. Jacobsen and Alfred Wiener are contained.

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. Walter Jacobsen was a German psychologist who served as head of BHD’s psychology department from 1952-1960.

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Related Material

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

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