The database contains an extensive collection of historical source materials on the conditions of living and the political situation in Western Europe under National Socialist occupation. It includes 22,000 documents from the occupied countries Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as Italy, the Vatican and the neutral states, including Switzerland.
The source materials were compiled by the British Foreign Office to provide information and a basis for decision-taking for the British government. They are based on information by diplomats, secret services and various organisations and contain letters, telegrams, summaries of conversations and meetings, reports and analyses, newspaper articles, photographs, posters, etc.
The database offers full-text search in all source materials. Introductory essays provide a good overview and contain links to central topics and documents in the database. Each source document can be viewed in the context of the immediately preceding and subsequent political events by using the link "Contemporary Events". The original documents are kept in the National Archives in Kew, Sussex.
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Contact person: Dr. Silvia Daniel