Reich Chancellery files

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Files of the Reich Chancellery, Weimar Republic

The files of the Reich Chancellery is a series of annotated and documented files published in book form. It includes documents from the Reich Chancellery and the Office of the Reich President of the 20 Cabinets of the Weimar Republic from the period from 1919 to 1933 as well as corresponding files from the time of National Socialism . The work is published by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Archives Koblenz. For many years, Karl-Dietrich Erdmann was in charge of this edition. Different historians are responsible for the individual volumes. The files of the Reich Chancellery are considered to be the backbone series for contemporary history research. Each cabinet contains:

  • a list of the printed documents
  • Directory of the members and ministerial officials of the Reich Chancellery
  • List of cited archival materials and publications
  • List of abbreviations
  • Register of persons
  • Subject index

Files of the Reich Chancellery, Hitler government 1933–1945

Karl Dietrich Erdmann, the initiator of the files of the Reich Chancellery. Weimar Republic , submitted the plan to the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in the mid-1970s to review the relevant files of the Reich Chancellery from the 1930s, i.e. for the government of Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1938 - until then there were cabinet meetings - also to be edited editorially. Based on a draft by Karl-Heinz Minuth , who also edited the first two volumes for the years 1933/1934, the project was realized - again as a cooperation between the Federal Archives and the Historical Commission.

In 1976 Konrad Repgen took over the management of the new department of the Historical Commission . In 1988 the concept, originally planned to run until 1938, was expanded: Since then, this has also been reflected in the title: Files of the Reich Chancellery. Hitler government 1933-1945 . In 1997, Konrad Repgen was replaced by Hans Günter Hockerts as head of department. Friedrich Hartmannsgruber has presented seven further volumes since 1999, most recently the volume for 1941 in 2017.

Peter Keller and Hauke ​​Marahrens joined the team as new employees in 2014 and presented the volume for 1942 in 2018. The processing of the outstanding volumes for the years 1943 and 1944/45 is also in her hands.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ De Gruyter: files of the Reich Chancellery. Government of Hitler 1933-1945 - Volume VIII 1941 . ( [accessed January 12, 2018]).
  2. Files of the Reich Chancellery, Hitler Government 1933-1945 - Volume IX 1942 . April 23, 2018 ( [accessed May 6, 2018]).
  3. ^ Historical Commission Munich: Annual Report 2014. Accessed January 12, 2018 .