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.
Correspondence regarding Dokumentenwerk - with Bundeszentrale für Heimatdienst - Jacobsen, Walter
- For more information, email the repository
- Advice on accessing these materials
- Cite this description
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1556 3000/9/1/12
- Dates of Creation04/11/1954 - 21/12/1961
- Language of MaterialGerman
- Physical Description55 letters
Scope and Content
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.