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Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener: reports and statistics about concentration camps


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 612

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener: reports and statistics about concentration camps

Date(s): 1945

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 2 files

Name of creator(s): Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener was founded in the immediate post-World War Two years to represent the interests of former political prisoners. In 1947 it changed its name to the Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes to include all those who suffered under the Nazis. This anti-fascist organisation still exists with branches all over Germany.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers compiled by the Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener, 1945, including original reports and personal accounts concerning conditions in concentration camps with special reference to Neuengamme and Dachau and papers on topics including political resistance to Nazism and plans for creating a free, democratic Germany.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Physical characteristics:

Fragile. Use surrogates.

Finding aids:

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



Archival history:

The reports were sent to Paul Anderson by Hans Schwarz and Franz Heitgres of the Komitee ehemaliger politischer Gefangener in order that he might get them published in The Observer newspaper where he worked as a journalist, the intention being to disseminate information about what happened during the war more widely.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Evelyn Anderson


Related material:

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: November 2007

Antifascism | Resistance to oppression | Oppression | Political movements
Concentration camps | War crimes | Humanitarian law
Democracy | Political systems
German history | European history | National history
Political prisoners | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names

Corporate names
Association of Victims of the Nazi Regime X Committee for Former Political Prisoners
Bergen Belsen concentration camp x Belsen
Buchenwald concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
Neuengamme concentration camp
Ravensbrück concentration camp
Theresienstadt concentration camp

Germany | Western Europe | Europe