Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Records of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany

Records of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany – http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/466.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How much did occupying Germany cost the United States?
  • How is an occupation organized?
  • Where can I learn more about German war criminals?

Description:

This is a finding aid to some of the materials generated by the Allied occupation of Germany. The finding aid lists groups of records. Some of the more notable groups are:

  • 466.1 Administrative History
  • 466.2.4 Records of the Office of Economic Affairs
  • 466.2.5 Records of the Office of Political Affairs
  • 466.3 Records of the Land Commissioners 1945-52
  • 466.5 Records of the U.S. Element of the Military Security Board 1947-55
  • 466.6 Records of the U.S. Element of the Extradition Board 1945-55
  • 466.7 Records of U.S. Courts of the Allied High Commission for Germany 1944-55
  • 466.9 Records of the Combined Travel Board of the Allied High Commission for Germany 1945-54

The extradition board had jurisdiction over war criminals and worked with various governments to secure their return to Germany.

As far as I can determine, very few of these records have been digitized. You’ll need to visit the National Archives to see the vast majority of records. If you’re within driving distance of Maryland and are interested in the day to day details of an occupied country, this series would probably help you.

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