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Theresienstadt Activity Report (microfilm)


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 504c

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Theresienstadt Activity Report (microfilm)

Date(s): 1942

Level of description: collection

Extent: 42 frames

Name of creator(s): Siegfried Seidl, Commandant of Theresienstadt


Administrative/Biographical history:

On June 10, 1940, the Gestapo took control of Terezín (Theresienstadt), a fortress, built in 1780-1790 in what is now the Czech Republic, and set up prison in the Small Fortress (Kleine Festung). By 24 November 1941, the Main Fortress (große Festung, ie the town Theresienstadt) was turned into a walled ghetto. The function of Theresienstadt was to provide a front for the extermination operation of Jews. To the outside it was presented by the Nazis as a model Jewish settlement, but in reality it was a concentration camp.

Theresienstadt was also used as a transit camp for European Jews en route to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. Dr. Siegfried Seidl, an SS colonel, served as the first camp commandant in 1941. Seidl oversaw the labour of 342 young men, known as the Aufbaukommando, who converted the fortress into a concentration camp. Although the Aufbaukommando were promised that they and their families would be spared transport, eventually all were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943, for Sonderbehandlung, or gassing without selection.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript report detailing every aspect of the activities of the Theresienstadt Concentration camp under the following sub-headings: Abteilung für innere Verwaltung; Arbeitszentrale; Wirtschaftsabteilung; Spedition; Landwirtschaft; Produktion; Finanzabteilung; Technische Abteilung; Abteilung fuer Gesundheitswesen.


Language/scripts of material: German

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Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Description exists to this archive on the Wiener Library's online catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office


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Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The following is a sample of additional WL document collections which pertain to Theresienstadt: 504d, 574, 578, 1373, 1339, 1136, 1169, 1189, 1117, 1206, 1166, 1179, 574, 1237, 1320, 1267, 1554, 1365, 1548, 1086, 1308, 1145.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2007

Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
German history | European history | National history
Jews | Religious groups
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names

Corporate names
Theresienstadt concentration camp x Terezin