20 January 2012

The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR)-archive is now digitally accessible. During the occupation the main task of the Einsatzstab was to clear out Jewish homes that had been abandoned. The contents of the houses were transported to Germany. The archive contains lists of the looted homes, inventories of the contents, and forms proofing the handing over of goods.

Dr. P. Grimsted, in cooperation with the International Institute for Social History and NIOD, conducted a study into the activities of the Einsatzstab and determined which European archives hold parts of the Einsatzstab archives. This study can be read online at the website of the International Institute for Social History.

The digitisation project was financially supported by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a international cooperation agency that since 1951 has focused on representing the needs of Holocaust victims.

One of the forms the Einsatzstab used: not all houses were plundered after the deportation of the residents. Members of the Deutsche Theater in den Niederlanden took up residence at Bankastraat 13 in The Hague.