Archival Research

captured German Records

Captured German records
(mostly on microfilm)

    The National Archives in College Park, Maryland (NA2) holds over 70,000 rolls of microfilm reproducing captured German and related records. Additionally there are some hardcopy files of mainly interrogations or captured communications. This collection contains too many subjects to describe adequately here, but a list of some of them appears below.

    Over the years I have been asked by various clients to find records ranging from a WWI submarine commander's logbook (with photos - which could have been easily published with a short introduction as a book) to checking whether or not certain names appeared in the various Nazi records.  A very common interest in artwork stolen by Nazis. Perhaps the most common request is genealogical work regarding ethnic Germans(Volksdeustche)living in  Western Russia, who had been invited by Catherine the Great in the late 1700s to establish colonies there.  Many of these fled with the retreating German troops at the end of WWII and some of their offspring ended up in the US and Canada.  I can dig out certain German records on these people, but a better search would involve similar searches in Russia by my colleague Svetlana Chervonnaya, whose contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Here is a partial list of what is available through at NA2:

National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, Record Group 242

- Captured German Records Microfilmed at Whaddon Hall, U.K.
- Captured German Navy Records Microfilmed in London, England, U.K.
- Captured German records microfilmed in Berlin, Germany
- Microfilmed records received from the Berlin Document Center
- Captured German records microfilmed at Alexandria, Virginia, USA
- Nazi Party and SS records
- Records of private individuals and enterprises
- German military records antedating World War II
- Other captured records

intercepted German WWII messages

Other Related Records, Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1942- , Record Group 338

General records of the Department of State, Record Group 59

German Documents in Other Record Groups:

National Archives Collection of World War II, War Crimes Records,
- Record Groups 153, 238 and 549

- Records of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuernberg (RG 238)
- Records of U.S. Military Tribunals at Nuernberg (RG 238)
- Records of U.S. Army War Crimes Trials in Europe
- Records of War Crimes Trials in the Far East

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