ERR Archival Guide

After World War II, original ERR documents were widely dispersed and today are found in over 30 repositories in 10 countries. Written by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, the preeminent expert on WWII displaced archives, Reconstructing the Record of Nazi Cultural Plunder: A Guide to the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) and the Postwar Retrieval of ERR Loot is funded by the Claims Conference. The Guide documents the current locations of all ERR records, details their contents, and provides links to those records that are online and to sources. The Guide also describes considerable documentation regarding the subsequent fate, postwar retrieval, and restitution of the ERR loot.

The following parts of the Guide are now available on this website. Note that the Introduction contains a table of contents to the entire Guide and brief information on the archival sources worldwide. Other chapters will be posted here shortly.

The original edition sponsored by the Claims Conference was published in 2011 under the title of Reconstructing the Record of Nazi Cultural Plunder: A Survey of the Dispersed Archives of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) by the International Institute for Social History, whose own massive Amsterdam and Paris archival collections were plundered by the ERR and whose building on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam was used for the ERR headquarters in the Netherlands. The ERR Survey in its first edition produced by the International Institute of Social History IISH, Amsterdam, 2011 may be downloaded for free at
https://socialhistory.org/en/publications/reconstructing-record-nazi-cultural-plunder.

This page last updated 2017-07-04

A map showing the activities of the ERR in occupied Europe.
A map showing the activities of the ERR in occupied Europe.
Yad Vashem Album Number FA1 73/3