Need assistance getting three vital records from Berlin #germany

Ruth Clarke

Is there anyone our there with access to Marriage and/or Birth records from Berlin Germany.

I would be looking for two marriage records of jewish survivors which occurred in a DP camp in Berlin, the first occurring in 1945, the second ca. 1947.   I don't know the name of the DP camp but is was in Schlachtenee.   Also looked for a 1946 birth record from same.

I am assuming, of course, that the marriages and births of Jewish DP survivors were registered.


I know from a past experience,  marriage taking place in a DP camp in Germany was then also registered in the local town offices.

You might actually want to search the records that were gathered here:

For which you would learn potentially quite a lot about the people in question.

You could then write to the town administration to ask if they would look for a record of marriage.  Easier for them if you provide as much information as you possibly can.. Names, their birth dates, parents names, and date of marriage or year of marriage.  The more the better.  You most likely will find an email address for the town's administration.   I will guess you can write to them in English, but if you receive no reply in a week to 10 days, write to them in German.

Good luck with your search.


Lewis, Megan

Sometimes these records are in the International Tracing Service/Arolsen Archives DP materials.  Have you contacted either the Arolsen Archives or United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about this?


NOTE: I am teleworking until March 30, 2020.

Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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Andreas Schwab

The Düppel Center, also know as the Schlachtensee displaced persons camp, was located at Potsdamer Chaussee 87 in Berlin near the Schlachtensee lake, within the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough of Berlin. The marriage and birth registers of the years you are looking for have not yet been transferred to the Berlin State Archives and should still be at the Steglitz-Zehlendorf civil registration office (Standesamt).

At the website of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough it is stated that only direct descendants have access to the records. However, according to German privacy laws, marriage records are protected for 60 years, so you should be able to obtain the marriage records. I would first contact the civil registration office at standesamt@... . The birth record is still under privacy protection.

joannegrosman joannegrosman

As you are a maven when it comes to the German civil registry system, I have a question. I tried to research relatives from the 19th century in the Brandenburg area called Neumark, but I can't really figure out where to look or where to address an inquiry. Now this area as you know is Poland.

best regards,
Joanne Grosman
researching Grosman, Garbarski, Altman, Bocian, Kremsdorf

Joachim Mugdan

Andreas Schwab wrote:


> according to German privacy laws, marriage records are protected for 60 years


Unfortunately, the embargo period for marriage records is 80 years (30 years for death records, 110 years for birth records).


Joachim Mugdan

Basel, Switzerland

JGFF Researcher 5749





Joachim Mugdan

Basel, Switzerland

JGFF Researcher 5749