Which documents can be found in what archives?
You can contact the archives listed below yourself to obtain historical documents that may corroborate your claims. The requested files may contain information about the property of the damaged person(s) and/or personal data such as e.g. the exact address. Please note that for reasons of data protection you must prove your kinship to the person of your inquiry. Therefore, please enclose with the application addressed to any of the archives those documents that establish your kinship.
Austrian State Archives
Since 24 October 2006, the Austrian State Archives provide an archive register, which gives an overview of the Austrian federal, regional, communal and private archives, of their holdings and terms of usage.
Beyond that, you can conduct research in the holdings of the Austrian State Archives by using the archive information system accessible via internet. Relevant files can be found predominantly in the holdings "Entschädigungs- und Restitutionsangelegenheiten 1938-1985" N. B.: It is also possible to research the property notices ("Vermögensanmeldungen") and the holdings of the Property Transaction Office ("Vermögensverkehrsstelle") with help of a name or date of birth (in the format dd.mm.yyyy) with the full text search function.
Austrian Historical Commission
With the full-text index you have the possibility to do selective research in the findings of the Austrian Historical Commission published in 49 volumes.
Austrian National Library
By using ALEX (historical legal texts and texts of law online) of the Austrian National Library, you have the possibility to selectively research texts of the law.
Here you can find the laws from 1938 until 1945:
German Reich Law Gazette ("Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt"):
DOMICILE - Inquiries to the Registration Archives
If you only know the place at which the damaged person lived but not the exact address, the municipal office of the respective district or community can run a registration search that will provide information about the actual domicile of persons during the 1930's.
The responsible office in Vienna for registration inquiries is Municipal Department 8 ( (MA8).
For all other parts of Austria, please contact the municipal office of the respecitve community.
Attention: Persons who received the one-time compensation for lease rights, household property and personal valuables ("USD 7,000", § 2b of the National Fund Law) need not provide a confirmation of their registration data.
PROPERTY - Files of the Property Registration Office
In June 1938 persons of Mosaic faith who owned property of more than 5,000 Reichsmark had to declare their property to the so-called property registration offices (Vermögensverkehrsstelle). You will find the statutory basis under NS Laws. The complete files have been preserved and are kept by the archives listed below, sorted according to federal provinces. Please note that a second property registration had to be filed in the respective federal province in case of a second domicile. A separate inquiry to the respective archives may therefore be necessary.
For Lower Austria and northern Burgenland:
For Upper Austria:
For Styria, Carinthia and southern Burgenland:
For Tyrol and Vorarlberg:
COMPANIES - The Company and Trade Register
The Company Register (formerly Company and Trade Register) provides information about the owners of a company or a trade enterprise. It is absolutely necessary to know the exact name of an undertaking when making inquiries. Please direct your inquiries to the district offices or the regional or municipal archives of the respective federal province. The historical company register for Vienna can be found at Municipal Department 8.
ASSOCIATIONS - The files of the Commissioner for Suspensions (Stillhaltekommissar)
For inquiries about the property taken from associations you can look into the files of the so-called Commissioner for Suspensions (Stillhaltekommissar). During the National Socialist period the office of the Commissioner for Suspensions was responsible for administering nd managing associations. The files of the Commissioner for Suspensions are kept in the Austrian State Archives (Österreichisches Staatsarchiv).
INSURANCES - The list of insurance policies contained in property registration files
1. List of potential victims of expropriations regarding legal claims from insurance contracts
The list of names of policy holders is a list of potential victims of expropriations regarding legal claims from insurance contracts published by the Austrian Insurance Association (VVO). You will find the according list and the explanatory text of the VVO here.
The list published by the VVO is based on the property registrations managed by the National Socialist property registration office. The registration files contained a separate property category "claims under life, capital or endowment insurances still due, to be calculated at 2/3 of the paid-in premiums or the capital contributions or the redemption value". The original documents are kept at the Austrian State Archives (Österreichisches Staatsarchiv), where you can find further information.
2. List of the Collection Agencies (Sammelstellen) for Jewish property without heirs
As part of the compensation measures initiated by the Republic of Austria for withdrawn property, the collection agencies - set up in 1957 pursuant to the Receiving Organizations Act (BGBl. 73/1957) - claimed property subject to restitution that had not been claimed and was without heirs. For the purpose of court proceedings, these collecting agencies set up lists of insurance policies that may have been expropriated.
The aforementioned lists were entered electronically and may be searched for names of possibly damaged injured persons.
The electronic list contains a total number of 18,886 entries.
Please note that these entries do not refer to live insurance claims. Please understand that it must be pointed out that no legal title to compensation arises from the publication of the name of a former insured person. It is the responsibility of the independent Claims Committee of the Fund to decide on these issues.
As the lists of the collecting agencies may contain errors, and as errors may have occurred when processing this material for publication, any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the lists must be waived.
Provenance Research at the Austrian Parliament