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Central Verein, Berlin: reports on anti-Semitism


Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 796

Held at: Wiener Library

Title: Central Verein, Berlin: reports on anti-Semitism

Date(s): 1932-1955

Level of description: Collection level (fonds)

Extent: 1 folder

Name of creator(s): Wiener | Alfred | 1885-1964 | founder of the Wiener Library


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alfred Wiener was a German Jew, born, 1885; trained as an Arabist; Middle East, 1909-1911; fought in the First World War, winning the Iron Cross 2nd Class; high-ranking official in the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens (Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, CV), 1919; created the Büro Wilhelmstrasse of the CV, which documented Nazi activities and issued anti-Nazi materials; fled to Amsterdam, 1933; founded the Jewish Central Information Office (JCIO, later the Weiner Library), 1933; In 1939 he and the JCIO transferred to London; USA, 1939-1945; returned to London in 1945 to transform the JCIO into a library and centre for the scholarly study of the Nazi era. Died 1964.


Scope and content/abstract:

Reports of interviews conducted by Alfred Wiener with individuals concerned with trying to influence antisemitic agitation by Hitler, 14 Jul 1932-27 Jul 1932, including on interviews with Dr Planck, Staatssekretär der Reichskanzlei; von Steinau-Steinrück, personal representative of the interior minister and Alfred Leonhard Tietz. Also letter from Wiener to Aronsfeld concerning the provenance of the material, 28 Apr 1955.


Language/scripts of material: German

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Detailed description on the Wiener Library's online catalogue



Archival history:

It is not known whether this material was formally accessioned. According to a letter from Alfred Wiener to Aronsfeld at 796/4 the material came from the records of the Central Verein Deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens, (of which organisation Alfred Wiener used to be a representative). It was loaned to Wiener by Dr. Hans Schäffer, former Staatssekretär im Reichsfinanzministerium. It was found in amongst his diaries - which are on permanent loan to the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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: Mar 2008

Antisemitism | Racial discrimination
Third Reich | Nazism | Totalitarianism | Political doctrines

Personal names
Wiener | Alfred | 1885-1964 | founder of the Wiener Library

Corporate names

Berlin | Germany | Western Europe | Europe