Archivportal-D: Theme Portal "Reparations for National Socialist Injustice"

From Archive Portal-D

The theme portal "Reparations for National Socialist Injustice", initiated and financed by the Bundesministerium für Finanzen (Federal Ministry of Finance), has been online in archive portal - D since 1 June. It is being developed in close cooperation with the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg (National Archive of Baden-Württemberg), the FIZ Karlsruhe (Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure), and the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library). In a first stage of the portal, holdings from State archives can now be researched in one location for the first time.

The website offers information on the subject and navigation through around 500 holdings with millions of archives and documents – from federal ministries to courts and local compensation offices. With the help of the portal, users can directly find out which holdings are relevant, and in which archives they can be found.

Two access options –  thematic and structured according to archives –  are available. In the thematic area, four upper categories (compensation, restitution, international as well as SBZ and GDR), which are oriented towards the focal points of restitution practice, are available for selection. Short information texts are also stored for the individual subcategories and subcategories. The results page provides an overview of the thematically relevant stocks. A purely provenance-related access takes place via the tab "Archive". The offer is rounded off by background information with pages on the history of reparations and legal requirements as well as literature references, maps, and a glossary with the most important terms.

The topic portal will be further expanded in the coming years and decades. Many other data sets and digitised archive material – also from municipal and independent archive carriers –, an objective and personal access to individual types of documents and offers for historical education will follow.


Area of Responsibility "Thematic Portal on Compensation for National Socialist Injustice" in the Federal Archive

E-Mail: portal-wiedergutmachung [at]

"Reparation" department in the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

E-Mail: wiedergutmachung [at]