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German History in Documents and Images: Occupation and the Emergence of Two States)
Compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1945-1961; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)
German History in Documents and Images: Two Germanies
Compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1961-1989; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)
German History in Documents and Images: One Germany in Europe
Compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1989-present; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)

A large collection of video eye-witness testimonies of German history, 20th century to the present.
Divided into three broad categories: Ereignisse (Events); Themen (Subjects) and Jahrhundertzeugen (centenarian witnesses).
(1910-present; video files of witness testimonies)

Hundreds of publications in English and German from the period immediately following World War II.
Part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
(Mostly 1946-1960; searchable or browseable database of facsimiles)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(Scroll down to Germany).
(1945 to the present; transcriptions and translations)

(Click on "P" within a given chronology for primary source documents).
(German transcriptions with German and English translations)

A blend of declassified textual materials, photographs and background information.
(1948-1952; facsimiles and transcriptions)
Sponsored by PBS on the occasion of an "American Experience" show on the airlift.
(1948-1949; images, interactive maps, newspaper accounts, timelines and commentary)

Documents of the Federal Republic of Germany ("West Germany" and then the unified state).
(1948 to the present; German transcriptions)

Documents of the German Democratic Republic ("East Germany").
(1949-1990; German transcriptions)

Found on the National Security Archive.
Declassified documents regarding Europe provided by the National Security Agency.
Collection of Soviet and German documents regarding the uprising that began June 16, 1953.
Part of the Wilson Center's Digital Archive of the Cold War.
(April 1952 to October 1953; English transcriptions and facsimiles)

Collection of documents regarding the history of the Berlin Wall, as well as on the conditions in East Germany.
Part of the Wilson Center's Digital Archive of the Cold War
(1953-1990; English transcriptions and facsimiles)

Prohibition of Communist Party in the Federal Republic.
(August 17, 1956; German transcription)

"Increasing the Combat Readiness of the National People's Army" [of the German Democratic Republic]
Note: "DECO II" mentioned in the document was allegedly a West German document
obtained by East German agents.
(29 July 1959; English translation)

Speech at the Berlin Wall.
(26 June 1963; English transcription)

Including posters of solidarity with Latin America.
(1970-1989; facsimiles)

Including posters, speeches, etc.
(Facsimiles, translations and transcriptions)

(1986; German transcription from Die junge Welt
(1986; English translation)
Note that the post-Wall version of Die junge Welt is available online, as is the website of the Freie Deutsche Jugend.

Documentation of communications between Helmut Kohl, George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev leading to German unification plans.
(November-December 1989; transcripts, memoranda, telegrams and phone records)
Internet archive of films and photos taken in 1989 and 1990, during the time of the Fall of the Wall and the reunification.
Website also available in English.
(1989-1990; images and films]

German unification treaty.
(31 August 1990; German transcription)

Site contains large Text Archive with an emphasis on Ostpolitik.
(German transcriptions).

(21 January 1997; German transcription)
(21 January 1997; English translation)

Growing collection of digitized images from among the 11 million images in the Federal Archive.
Searchable by multiple access points or browsable by subject.
(19th-20th centuries; image database)

Video talks, aimed principally at the German people.
(German-language video podcasts)
Federal Archives digitization of cabinet proceedings, previously available only in book form
Also includes minutes of the Cabinet Committee for Economics and the Cabinet Committee for Social Reform.
Future book volumes will be followed 18 months later by the digital version.
(1949 - ; German transcriptions)
Current press briefings, agendas, minutes & reports of the Bundestag.
(German transcriptions)
Speeches ["Reden"] and/or interviews ["Interviews"] of the various Bundespräsidenten on various topics for each Bundespräsident since Richard von Weizsäcker.
(1984 - present; German transcriptions)

(German Constitution of May 23, 1949 with revisions through 2002)
(Basic Law) in English translation (with revisions through 2002) provided by the German Federal Government.
(Transcriptions of German Constitution of May 23, 1949 with revisions through 2010; English translation)

Very thorough links of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany also available in English.
(German data and commentary)



EuroDocs > History of Germany: Primary Documents > Divided and Reunified



EuroDocs Creator: Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
Feel free to get in touch: Hacken @ byu.edu