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Online Collection "Compensation for National Socialist Injustice"

By Archivportal-D

Since June 1, the online collection "Wiedergutmachung nationalsozialistischer Unrechts" (Compensation for National Socialist Injustice), initiated and financed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, has been online in Archivportal-D. It is being developed in close cooperation between the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Archives, FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure and the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. In the first stage of the online collection, holdings from state archives are now searchable.

The website offers information on the topic and navigation through around 500 holdings with millions of archival records and documents – from federal ministries to courts to local compensation offices. Users can use the collection to find out directly which holdings are relevant and in which archives they can be found.

Two access options –  thematic and structured by archives –  are available. In the thematic area, four upper categories (Entschädigung, Rückerstattung, Internationales and SBZ und DDR) are available for selection. Short information texts are also provided for each of the upper and lower categories. The results page offers an overview of the thematically relevant holdings. A provenance-related access is provided via the tab "Archives". The service is supplemented by background information with information pages on the history of restitution and on legal requirements, as well as literature references, maps and a glossary of the most important terms.

The online collection will be further expanded in the coming years and decades. Many more data sets and digitized archival material – also from municipal and independent archival institutions –, subject-related and person-related access to individual types of documents and offers for historical education will follow.



Federal Archives

E-mail: portal-wiedergutmachung [at]


State Archives of Baden-Württemberg

E-mail: wiedergutmachung [at]