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  • GUIDES TO GERMAN RECORDS MICROFILMED AT ALEXANDRIA, VA.

    No. 39. Records of the Reich Leader of the SS and Chief of the German Police (Part

    The Nat iona l Arch ivesNat iona l A r c h i v e s and Records Service

    Genera l Serv ices A d m i n i s t r a t i o n

    Washing ton : 1963

  • This finding aid, prepared tinder the direction of the Committee for the Studyof War Documents of the American Historical Association, has been reproduced by theNational Archives as part of its program of facilitating the use of records in itscustody.

    The microfilm described in this list h&s been deposited in the National Archivesby the American Historical .Association and may be identified as Microcopy No. T-175>.It may be consulted at the National Archives. A price list appears on the last pages.Those desiring to purchase microfilm should write to the Exhibits and PublicationsDivision, National Archives, Washington 2, D. C.

    Some of the papers reproduced on the microfilm referred to in this and otherguides of the same series may have been of private origin. The fact of their seizureis not believed to divest their original owners of any literary property rights inthem. Anyone, therefore, who publishes them in whole or in part without permissionof their authors may be held liable for infringement of such literary property rights.

  • AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

    COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR DOCUMENTS

    GUIDES TO GERMAN RECORDS MICROFILMED AT ALEXANDRIA, VA,

    No. 39. Records of the Reich Leader of the SS

    and Chief of the German Police

    (Reichsfuhrer SS und Chef der Deutschen Polizei)

    (Part III)

  • THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (AHA)COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR DOCUMENTS

    GUIDES TO GERMAN RECORDS MICROFILMED.ATALEXANDRIA, VA.

    This is part of a series of guides prepared by the American Historical Association listing records microfilmed at Alexandria, Va.,by the American Historical Association Microfilming Project.

    An American Committee for the Study of War Documents was established in 1955 as a private group of scholars interested in docu-mentary research and especially in the microfilming of records of foreign origin kept in American depositories. In 1956, the AmericanCommittee became a committee of the American Historical Association. Its present chairman is Professor Oron J. Hale, University ofVirginia, who was preceded by Dean Reginald H. Phelps, Harvard University, and Professor Lynn M. Case, The University of Pennsylvania,An initial Ford Foundation grant and additional funds provided by the Old Dominion Foundation, the Lilly Endowment and the Avalon Founda-tion enabled the Committee to undertake the cataloguing and microfilming of declassified German records in the custody of the World War IIRecords Division of the National Archives (previously TAGO, Departmental Records Branch), at Alexandria, Virginia.

    The plans for screening and microfilming these materials were prepared by a Subcommittee on Microfilming under the chairmanshipto the end of 1956 of Professor E. Malcolm Carroll, Duke University, and his successor, Dre Fritz T. Epstein, The Library of Congress.The microfilming team- in Alexandria, Virginia, was under the direction of Professor Gerhard L. Weinberg of the University of Michiganin 1956/57, of Dr. Dagmar Horna Perman from 1957 to September 1959, of Mr. James G. McDowell from September 1959 to August I960, andis now under the supervision of Dr. Willard Allen Fletcher of the University of Colorado.

    The American Historical Association expresses its aDpreciation for the cooperation given to its Committee for the Study of WarDocuments by the staff of the National Archives, especially its World War II Records Division, and by the U.S. Department of the Army.

    Washington, D.G., 1961 Dr. Boyd C. ShaferExecutive Secretary, AHA

    III

  • 1. T- 71, Records of the Reich Ministry of Economics (Reichswirtschaftsministerium). 1958. 75 p*2. T- 74., Records of the Office of the Reich Commissioner for the Strengthening of Germandom (Reichskommissar fur die Festigung deutschen

    Volkstums). 1958. 15 p.3. T- 81, Records of the National Socialist German Labor Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei). Part I. 1958. 141 p.4. T- 76, Records of the Organisation Todt, 1958. 2 p.5. T- 84., Miscellaneous German Records Collection (Part I). 1958. 15 p.6. T- 82, Records of Nazi Cultural and Research Institutions, and Records Pertaining to Axis Relations and Interests in the Far East. 1958. 161 p.7 T- 77, Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht/OKW) Part I. 1959. 222 p.8. T- 84, Miscellaneous German Records Collection (Part II). 1959. 203 p.9. T-253, Records of Private German Individuals. 1959. 23 p.10. T- 73, Records of the Reich Ministry for Armaments and War Production (Reichsministerium fur Rustung und Kriegsproduktion), 1959. 109 p.11. T-178, Fragmentary Records of Miscellaneous Reich Ministries and Offices. 1959. 19 p.12. T- 78, Records of Headquarters of the German Army High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres/OKH) Part I. 1959. 19 p.13. T-177, Records of the Reich Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium). 1959. 34 p.14. T-312, Records of German Field Commands, Armies (Part I). 1959. 61 p,15. T-179, Records of Former German and Japanese Embassies and Consulates 1890-1945. I960. 63 p.16. T- 81, Records of the Deutsches Ausland-Institut, Stuttgart. Part I: Records on Resettlement. I960. 105 p.17. T- 77, Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht/OKW) Part II. I960. 213 p.18. T- 77, Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht/OKW) Part III. I960. 118 p.19. T- 77, Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht/OKW) Part IV. I960. 76 p.20. T- 81, Records of the National Socialist German Labor Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) Part II. I960. 45 p.21. T- 81, Records of the Deutsches Ausland-Institut, Stuttgart. Part II: The General Records. 1961. 180 p,22. T- 70, Records of the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. 1961. 41 p.23. T- 83, Records of Private Austrian, Dutch, and German Enterprises, 1917-1946. 1961. 119 p.24. T-321, Records of Headquarters of the German Air Force High Command (Oberkommando der Luftwaffe/OKL). 1961. 59 p.25. T-405, German Air Force Records: Luftgaukommandos, Flak, Deutsche Luftwaffenmission in Rumanien. 1961. 41 p.26. T-401, Records of Reich Office for Soil Exploration (Reichsamt fur Bodenforschung). 1961. 11 p.27. T-354, Miscellaneous SS Records: Einwandererzentralstelle, Waffen-SS, and SS-Oberabschnitte. 1961. 34 p.28. T-454, Records of the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories (Reichsministerium fur die besetzten Ostgebiete), 1941-45. 1961. 69 p.29. T- 78, Records of Headquarters, German Army High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres/OKH) Part II. 1961. 154 p.30. T- 78, Records of Headquarters, German Army High Command (Oberkommando des Heeres/OKH) Part III. 1961. 212 p.31. T-459, Records of the Office of the Reich Commissioner for the Baltic States (Reichskommissar fur das Ostland), 1941-45. 1961. 19 p.32. T-175, Records of the Reich Leader of the SS and Chief of the German Police (Reichsfiihrer SS und Chef der Deutschen Polizei) Part I. 1961. 165 p,33. T-175, Records of the Reich Leader of the SS and Chief of the German Police (Reichsflihrer SS und Chef der Deutschen Polizei) Part II. 1961. 89 p,34. T- 79, Records of German Army Areas (Wehrkreise). 1962. 234 p.35. T- 81, Records of the National Socialist German Labor Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) Part III, 1962. 29 p.36. T- 84, Miscellaneous German Records Collection (Part III). 1962. 61 p.37. T-608, Records of Headquarters. German Navy High Command (OKM). 1962. 5 p.38. T-501, Records of German Field Commands: Rear Areas, Occupied Territories, and Others. i%3 200 p. IV

  • P R E F A C E

    This Guide is one of a series of finding aids describing those declassified seized German records deposited at the World War II RecordsDivision, National Archives, which have been microfilmed by the Microfilming Project of the Committee for the Study of War Documents of theAmerican Historical Association. The Guide contains the text of data sheets identifying records filmed. A copy of the data sheets has beenfilmed as a target sheet at the beginning of each roll of film.

    This Guide covers 355 rolls of film of records of the police and security agencies under the command of Reichsfuhrer-SS und Chef der deut-schen Polizei. This particular collection suffers from disorganization, in no small part due to the amorphous, overlapping and continuallychanging organization and functions of the agencies involved. However, groupings of certain materials can be readly ascertained.

    Rolls 219-229 cover files of, or records pertaining to, Hbhere SS-und Polizeifuhrer (Hbh.SS-Pol.F.) and SS-und Polizeifiihrer (SS-Pol.F.)in Germany and in the occupied territories. Rolls 229-231 deal with records of the uniformed police i.e. Qrdnungspolizei (Orpo), and with policecombat units, Polizei Regimenter and Polizei Bataillonen (Pol.Reg., Pol.Btn.).

    Rolls 232-R257 consist of films of records of Chef der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienstes (CdS) and his headquarters agency,the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) established in September 1939. Included are files accessioned by the RSHA's joint predecessors, the Sicher-heitshauptamt (SHA) and the Sicherheitsdienst-Hauotamt (3D-HA), and of its seven component offices (Amter) and their subordinate divisions (Grup-pen) and sections (Referate). Rolls 247-248 deal with RSHA, Amt I (RSHA/l), Personnel, while rolls 248-255 deal with RSHA, Amt II (RSHA/II),Organization, Administration, and Law. The Sicherheitspolizei (Sipo) per sse did not come into being until the personnel and administrative organsof the political and criminal police were consolidated into a common agency - Sicherheitshauptamt - in 1937. With the establishment of the HSHAin 1939, the personnel and administrative functions of the SHA were absorbed into RSHA/I and RSHA/II, while the so-called "executive" sectionsof the Gestapo and the Kripo central offices became RSHA/IV and RSHAA respectively. Rolls 277-432 and rolls 486-498 deal with the records ofRSHA/IV (including files accessioned by its predecessors, Geheimes Staatspolizeiamt /Gestapa/ and the Prussian, Bavarian and other state politi-cal police agencies) and its regional (Staatspolizei/leit/stellen) and local (Aussendienststellen) offices. Also included are files indicatingGestapo involvement in counterintelligence work in the ocuupied areas, culminating in the assumption in mid-1944 of the functions exercised byAdmiral Canaris1 OKW/Amt Ausland Abwehr.

    Rolls 432-453 and rolls 498-499 cover the records of RSHA/V, its"central office and- predecessor - the Reichskriminalpolizeiamt (RKPA),and its regional (Kriminalpolizei leit/stellen) and local (Aussendienststellen) offices.

    Scattered through both the Gestapo and Kripo records are files of many city, town and rural police forces, which functioned as local auxil-iaries in handling political and criminal cases. Included in the Gestapo files are records of border and customs posts which had come under Ge-stapo jurisdiction during the war.

    The Sieherheitsdienst (SD) was initially a small internal intelligence and counterintelligence agency within the NSDAP. Shortly after theRohm affair of 30 June 1934, the SD was divided into two separate organizations. One, a bodyguard force for Hitler and others - eventually V

  • known as Reichssicherheitsdienst - was composed of permanent sections stationed in Berlin, Berchtesgaden and Munich and a mobile unit known asFuhrer-Begleitkominando. The other, designated Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsfiihrer-SS (SD-RFSS or simply SD) became, after 1936, the intelligenceand counterintelligence agency for the German government as well as for the NSDAP. The central office for the SD, between 1935 and 1939, wasthe Sicherheitsdienst-Hauptamt (SD-HA), composed of SD-HA/I for administration, SD-HA/II for domestic intelligence, and SD-HA/TII for foreignintelligence. In 1938, the SD-Hauptamt was subordinated in certain respects to the Sicherheitshaup taint and, in September 1939 it was integratedinto the RSIIA. The personnel and administrative sections were absorbed into RSHA/I and II, domestic intelligence into RSHA/III (SD-Inland orSD-Deutsche Lebensgebiete), and foreign intelligence into RSHA/VI (SD-Ausland). Counterintelligence and "executive" functions had already beensurrendered to the Gestapo at the time of the subordination of SD-HA to SHA in 1938.

    Rolls 258-276 and 499-R570 cover records of RSHA/III (including files accessioned by its predecessors) and regional (SD-Leitabschnitte andSD-Abschnitte) and local (SD-Unterabschnitte and Aussenstellen) offices. Of these, rolls 258-266 contain a substantially complete collection ofMeldungen aus dem Reich, a nation-wide weekly summary of reports from regional and local SD offices on public opinion and reaction to conditionsand events, economic, political cultural and military. Rolls 4-53-466 deal with records of RSHA/VI (as do many of the documents interspersed withRSHA/III records in rolls 499-R570), and its field offices and units in occupied territories. The most extensive of these SD field office re-cords were those of SD-Leitabschnitt Wien and SD-Slovakei (Pressburg).

    Rolls 468-4-73 and rolls R571-R572 deal with records of RSHA/Militarisches Amt (RSHA/Mil), established in mid-1944- as a joint office underWalter Schellenberg with RSHA/VI for the purpose of assuming the duties of Canaris1 agency.

    There are on rolls 466-468 a few stray records of RSHA/VII, Ideological Research and Exploitation (Weltanschauliche Forschung und Auswer-tung), which grew out of an ideological branch of SD-Hauptamt.

    Rolls 473-486 contain records of various Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD (BdS) and Kommandeure der Sipo u. SD (KdS).

    Whenever possible, an attempt was made to consolidate records bearing on organizational history. Thus, rolls 232-233, and 239, cover theevolution of the RSHA, rolls 422-432 of the Gestapo and roll 239 of the SD. Many of the descriptions of individual folders also indicate altera-tions of the designation and/or responsibilities of the police office involved.

    Roll 238 contains a complete r,un of Befehlsblatt des Chefs der Sicherheitspolizei.

    Rolls 233-235 contain substantially complete collections of Ereignissmeldungen UdSSR. Meldungen aus den besetzten Ostgebieten - successiveseries of periodic reports on the genocidal and anti-partisan operations of Einsatzkommandos in Eastern Europe between June 1941 and May 1943.Included are typical 3D reports on public opinion and reactions to conditions and events of the conquered peoples.

    The terms "Serial" and "Roll" in this Guide refer to the sequence of the film. The "Item" number is the identification symbol on theoriginal folder within...

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