German SIG #Germany SITE CITE -Site Description: Geschichte-on-Demand #germany
Roger Lustig <trovato@...>
Last night, in my elation at the return of what had once been literad.de
and is now http://www.geschichte-on-demand.de/ I neglected to tell folks
what the site is all about.
Michael Rademacher (the "rad" in "literad") wrote a dissertation about
the structure of the Nazi party at the local level, using the Weser-Ems
region as an example. It was published last year.
In writing his dissertation, or perhaps for other reasons, he found the need
for a digital description of the German Empire >from the administrative
view. He created such a thing and put it on line. For some of us, its
temporary disappearance over the last 6 or 7 months caused serious
Click on the link above and you'll see the following links to sections:
This is a historical gazetteer of just about every place in the 2nd and
3rd Reich, big and small. (Austria is included only for the Anschluss
years.) Census figures >from various times, town descriptions >from an
1894 reference work, etc., etc. When you click on a place name, you go
to the page for its county (Kreis). At the top you'll see general
information about what state the county belonged to, what its population
was, and whom the people voted for at various times. Changes over time
are also explained.
The previous section started at the bottom, i.e., with individual
cities, towns, villages, and estates. This is the top level, i.e.,
facts and figures about the Reich as a whole. That includes the names
of emperors, presidents and chancellors, general population figures,
some voting results, and the budget for 1893-4.
The second level: states, plus level 2.5--the provinces of Prussia.
(Austria and Czech at bottom right.) Click on a link to go to a state
or provincial page.
Once again, there are the political leaders, population figures,
election results, and more. After that, a division into regions (called
Regierungsbezirke in Prussia and most other places), each region giving
links to the county-level pages that contain the Ortsbuch information.
The judicial system, including the hierarchy of state courts. Mainly as
As of 1927: the hierarchy and location of internal revenue offices.
As of 1885, regional division of the army. This can be useful to family
historians, as young men were generally conscripted into a local or regional unit.
Geographical structure of the Nazi party.
Structure and hierarchy, mainly of the Evangelical-Lutheran and Catholic
churches. A link to a page of Jewish population statistics.
Minorities: mainly non-German-speakers, also foreigners and a little about Jews.
A few essays by the author.
Short bios, mainly of politicians, especially in the Nazi years.
Address book for the region covered in the dissertation, mostly as of
1936 or so. Jews lived mainly in the cities: Bremen, Emden, Aurich,
Osnabrueck, Leer and a few others. Obviously not complete--very little
for Bremen, for instance.
Quellen und Links
Bibliography. No links yet (a few elsewhere on the site). Each data
page also has bibliography.
All this stuff may sound deadly dull; and unless you need it, it is [dull].
But *not* looking here when you *do* need basic information means you're
practically asking to have your time wasted.
Roger Lustig Princeton, NJ <trovato@...>