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Collections of the former Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem (Partial stock)

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The partial collection of the Herder Institute that contains the collections of the “Berlin-Dahlem Publication Office” (PuSte) comprises around 12,000 volumes, especially from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as around 5,000 map sheets (in particular, thematic maps, for example of settlement areas), 72 wall maps and approximately 1,000 photographs (artistic and architectural monuments, ethnographic and political/propagandistic material from Eastern Europe). In addition, there is a small collection of written documents and copies (approximately one meter of shelved materials in total) containing, among other things, newspaper articles translated into German.

Content Material/Research

Materials

ca 1 linear meters Archival materials
ca 12,000 Books
ca 5,000 Maps
ca 1,000 Photographs
72 Wall maps

Research online

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Descriptions of subordinate collections

Links to external collections

German Federal Archives, Department Berlin-Lichterfelde: R 153 Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem   Website
German Federal Archives, Department Berlin-Lichterfelde: NS 30 Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg   Website
Archives School Marburg – University of applied studies for Archival Science: ArS MR Bestand 1, Nachlass Johannes Papritz – 1. Berufliches, 1.1 Publikations- und Forschungsstelle beim Geheimen Staatsarchiv Berlin   Website
The Hessian State Archives Marburg: HStAM, 340 Papritz   Website

Visit

Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association
ISIL: DE-2718

Gisonenweg 5-7
35037 Marburg
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Indexing

Referenced/represented regions

Baltic SeaBelarusBohemiaCurlandCzech RepublicCzechoslovakiaEast PrussiaEstoniaHungaryLatviaLithuaniaLivoniaMoraviaPolandProvince Pommerania (Prussia)PrussiaRussiaSilesiaSlovakiaUkraineWest Prussia...

Topics

Eastern studiesEthnicityGeneralplan Ost (Master Plan for the East)History, ModernNazi LootPeriod between the world warsPropagandaWestern researchWorld war, 1939-1945...

Referenced/represented time period

before 1945

Classification

Architecture historyArt History and Art ScienceCulture historyEthnology / Historical AnthropologyMicro, local or everyday historyNazi / fascist historyPolitical ideas, ideologiesRegional and country history...

Languages

BelarusianEstonianGermanLatvianPolishRussianSorbian languagesUkrainian...

History/Provenance

The “Berlin-Dahlem Publication Office” (PuSte) was founded in 1931 on the initiative of the director general of the Prussian State Archives Albert Brackmann (1871–1952), initially as a publication store. By 1934, it was functioning as a publication office, and also became the office of the Northeast German Research Community, later the North and East German Research Foundation, NOFG, which was established in the same year and was also chaired by Brackmann. In 1936, Johannes Papritz (1898–1992) took over from Brackmann as head of the PuSte and Wolfgang Kohte (1907–1984) became his deputy. In the early years, the PuSte concentrated its efforts on observing Polish research relating to the former German eastern territories and supporting the so-called German “Ostforschung” (Research of the East). For this purpose, a library was set up, as well as a department for journals, maps and manuscripts and an image archive. In addition, the PuSte also managed the NOFG’s book collection. Among other resources, personal dossiers on scientists and researchers were produced as well as translations, cartographic material, and statistics based on Soviet censuses. In terms of its organization, the PuSte was a department of the Prussian Secret State Archive until 1938/39. Between 1939 and 1943 it was under the control of the Reich Ministry of the Interior as an independent department and was then subordinated to Department VI G of the Reich Security Head Office. However, the PuSte also profited from the confiscations at home and abroad (for example, those of the State Secret Police, the Künsberg Special Unit, and the Reichsleiter Rosenberg Taskforce). As a member of the “German Archives Commission Latvia-Estonia”, Papritz was also involved from 1939 on in the shipment of archival material from the Baltic countries as part of the Hitler-Stalin Pact. With their materials, the PuSte contributed to the emergence of the “Master Plan for the East”, participated in the looting of property carried out by the Nazis, and gave the military access to its collection of thematic maps. Due to the intensified bombing of Berlin, the PuSte and its materials were relocated to Bautzen and surrounding locations in the region of Upper Lusatia in the summer of 1943. In February 1945, the staff fled to Coburg, taking with them some of the stock. These materials were confiscated by the US Army after the end of the war and taken to the USA in 1947/48. They were later given to the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Papritz was involved in having them transferred to the Herder Institute in Marburg, which was founded in 1950. In 1957/58, a number of materials were handed over to the Herder Institute and around 12,000 volumes were relocated there in 1964. Books, maps and pictures were integrated according to media type into the library, the Image Archive and the Map Collection. The Document Collection also houses a small number of materials (spanning one meter of its shelf space) from the original PuSte collection (for example translations of newspaper articles). The Image Archive obtained additional photographic material from the private collection of Wolfgang Kohte. Papritz passed on the files of the PuSte to the Berlin-Lichterfelde Federal Archives in 1977 after they had been returned from Washington and temporarily stored at the Hessian State Archive in Marburg. They are listed there under the call number R 153. Since 2016, the partial collections of the PuSte stock in the Herder Institute library have been the subject of a research project, which aims to investigate the provenance of these materials.

Creation/Production

Time Event: before 1945
Place/Area: Baltic States  Germany  Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania  Eastern Europe  East-Central Europe  Poland  Ukraine  Belarus

Creation/Production

Time Event: 1931-1945
Place/Area: Berlin-Dahlem  Bautzen  Coburg
Client: Nord- und Ostdeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (NOFG) +
Client: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Creator: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Translator: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1931-1936
Place/Area: Berlin-Dahlem
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Brackmann, Albert +
Public administration: Prussian Privy State Archive +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1936–1938/1939
Place/Area: Berlin-Dahlem
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Papritz, Johannes +
Public administration: Prussian Privy State Archive +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1938/1939-1943
Place/Area: Berlin-Dahlem
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Papritz, Johannes +
Public administration: Deutsches Reich. Ministry of Interior +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1943-1945
Place/Area: Berlin-Dahlem
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Papritz, Johannes +
Public administration: Deutsches Reich. Reichssicherheitshauptamt +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1944-1945
Place/Area: Bautzen
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Papritz, Johannes +
Public administration: Deutsches Reich. Reichssicherheitshauptamt +

Aggregation/Collecting

Time Event: 1945
Place/Area: Coburg
Creator of the collection: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem +
Director: Papritz, Johannes +
Public administration: Deutsches Reich. Reichssicherheitshauptamt +

Provenance

Time Event: 1945–1947/1948
Place/Area: Oberursel
Collection holder: USA. Army +

Provenance

Time Event: 1947/1948–1957/1964
Place/Area: Washington, D.C.
Collection holder: Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) +

Acquisition/Transfer of Custody to Herder Institute: Gift

Time Event: 1957-1964
Place/Area: Marburg
Lessor of the collection: Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) +
Intermediary: Papritz, Johannes +
Collection recipient: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association +

Context Material

Literature

JÖRG HACKMANN: Deutsche Ostforschung und Geschichtswissenschaft 2002. [PPN: 392259591]   HeBIS Discovery System (HDS)

FRANK FÖRSTER: Die "Wendenfrage" in der deutschen Ostforschung 1933 - 1945 : die Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem und die Lausitzer SorbenBautzen 2007. [PPN: 190084510]   OPAC   HeBIS Discovery System (HDS)

MICHAEL BURLEIGH: Germany turns eastwards : a study of Ostforschung in the Third ReichCambridge [u.a.] 1988. [PPN: 010575715]   OPAC   HeBIS Discovery System (HDS)

Projekte

Research on Nazi looting at the Herder Institute's research library   Website

Links

Martin Munke: Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem. In: Online-Lexikon zur Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, 2013. URL: ome-lexikon.uni-oldenburg.de/53902.html (Stand 21.05.2013).   Website

Martin Munke: Nord- und Ostdeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (NOFG). In: Online-Lexikon zur Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, 2015. URL: ome-lexikon.uni-oldenburg.de/p32801 (Stand 21.01.2015).   Website

Record Information

ID: DE-2718/HI000010
Record Type: Group/Holding
List title: Collections of the former Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem (Partial stock)
Title: Collections of the former Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem (Partial stock)
Short Title: Collections of the Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem (PuSte)
Source/Rights: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association [ISIL: DE-2718]  +
Image: Stamp of the Berlin-Dahlem Publication Office, Research Library, Scan, Rights of use: Herder Institute, Marburg
Author: Bauer, Elke
Author: Coburger, Antje
Reviser/Editor: Weiss, Sebastian
Export date: 2019-03-05