Ukrainian Archives: Cultural Policies of the Third Reich and Cultural Plunder in Occupied Europe: Files of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg Kiev

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From the holdings of the State Central Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine

The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) formulated and promoted Nazi ideology and oversaw cultural affairs of the Nazi regime. During Word War II it led Nazi efforts to study, catalog, and capture cultural materials, both in public and private possession, from the occupied countries of Europe. Among the ERR's objectives was an effort to understand the ideological and philosophical underpinnings of "opponents of National Socialism."

Housed at the Central State Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Government of Ukraine in Kiev are the ERR's daily and weekly reports from 1940 until early 1943. They include reports detailing inspections of private apartments,primarily those of Jewish citizens, and the "requisitioning" of libraries, archives, and private collections from such private residences. Judaica and Hebraica materials confiscated from public and private libraries alike were forwarded to the "Institute for Research of Jewish Question," a Nazi research center that had been envisioned as a museum that would chronicle Jewish life prior to its post-war extinction.

A considerable part of ERR archives comprise highly informative summaries and analyses prepared by the different "work groups" within the organization.

Propaganda of Nazi racial ideology and agitation among local population on the occupied territories was one of ERR's major functions. ERR groups collected examples of Soviet propaganda and scientific works on anthropology, physiology and racial theory to be used for Nazi propagandistic purposes.

Files also include materials relating to other occupied European countries: Belgium, France, Netherlands, among others.

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