justiz und ns-verbrechen / nazi crimes on trial

german trial judgments concerning national socialist homicidal crimes

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Services

 

To individual researchers we offer the following services:

1. Trial cases

a) Search of a case against a specific defendant, which cannot be found on the website.

There may be several reasons for this:

- due to privacy regulations, many of the names of defendants have been abbreviated. This may also hold true for the defendant you're looking for

- the particular case you're looking for did not result in a judgment (only cases that ended with a judgment are listed in the website overview). Again there may be several grounds for this:

* the State Prosecutor may have terminated the case (i.e. there was no trial),
* the court may have terminated the proceedings
* the defendant was discharged before the case came to court

- the case you're looking for did not involve fatalities (only cases dealing with NS-crimes that resulted in the death of at least one of the victims are listed in the website overview)

b) Search of a particular group of trial cases, for example:

- all West German cases before the year 1960, dealing with the extermination of the Jews by members of the German Wehrmacht,
or
- all cases, in which female defendants were acquitted of charges involving their participation in the so-called 'Euthanasia'- program,
or
all cases tried in the former French occupational zone between 1945 and 1952, concerning a particular criminal complex (e.g. crimes against humanity)
Etc.

In many of these instances the Amsterdam trial case digital data base may be of assistance. It not only contains the (full) names of  defendants, whose trial ended with a court judgment, but also includes information on a great many cases, which did not result in a final judgment (generally because the State Prosecutor suspended them).

2. Trial judgments

The judgments published in the East and West German JuNSV series currently comprise an approximate 40,000 pages. Due to privacy regulations, the names of the participants in the various trial proceedings (defendants, witnesses, prosecution officials, defence counsel, judges) are generally anonymized in this published material. Both the size of the material and the anonymizations are a handicap for systematic research.

The Amsterdam judgment digital data base may be helpful in this respect as it contains all the material - published and (still) unpublished - including all names of the trial participants (in full) and in a format which allows for full text retrieval of any given search term(s), such as persons, legal concepts, geographical locations, specific agencies or units, and so on. Through a combination of search terms even more complicated questions can be "fished out" of the material. Here are some randomly chosen examples:

- all court references to the role of the state secretary in the German Foreign Office, Ernst v. Weizsäcker in relation to the persecution of the Jews
or
- court evaluations of the perceptive abilities of material witnesses under extreme circumstances
or
- the perspectives on the administration of justice by the Volksgerichtshof by West German courts over the years

3. Press archive

Next to the digital data bases, there is an extensive collection of German newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the prosecution and trials of Nazi crimes, from 1963 onwards. It too contains much information on a wide variety of subjects relating to these themes.

Where to direct your research questions?

The appropriate address to send your questions to is EX POST FACTO, the research bureau which may help you with the answers you're looking for. For more information, please consult www.expostfacto.nl or mail directly to: junsv@expostfacto.nl.