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Museums and Exhibitions

Museums and other organisations commission Facts & Files to find photos, documents and artefacts for use in exhibitions on specific historical topics.

Archival Service

Facts & Files registers archival holdings and collection items of museums and institutions and organizes unsorted document holdings. It records the data in specially designed databases and collates finding aids. In addition, Facts & Files offers expert consulting on establishing, maintenance, and reorganization of archives.

Publications

Facts & Files researches historical sources and accesses previously unknown information to contribute to or create historical publications.

Expertise and Analysis

Facts & Files offers a consultancy service within the framework of international academic research projects. It also takes on the responsibility for the planning and coordination of archival research worldwide. Facts & Files provides historical expertise and analysis on specific focal points and offers advice on research strategies.

Expert Report on Nazi Involvement with the University of Cologne

On behalf of the University of Cologne, Facts & Files has been preparing a report since August 2017 which looks at the entanglement of the National Socialist regime with the university's charitable foundations, honorary titles and grants awarded to academics and institutes.

© SDTV / Photo: V. Kreidler  | NAG-Protos Typ 208, 1930
© SDTV / Photo: V. Kreidler

Provenance research on the Vehicle Collection of Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

Facts & Files is conducting research on the provenance of cars, motorcycles, trucks and busses which are in the collection of the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

© Facts & Files  | Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.
© Facts & Files

Provenance research on the Wilhelm Hack Collection and the Municipal Art Collection of Ludwigshafen

Commissioned by the Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Since April 2016 Facts & Files has been researching on the provenance of several art pieces belonging to the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen. The Wilhelm Hack Museum was founded in 1979 and includes the Municipal Art Collection of Ludwigshafen, and a collection of medieval and modern art donated to the city by Wilhelm Hack in 1973.

Archival Service of the Archive of the National Headquarters of the German Red Cross

Facts & Files is conducting archival service for the General Secretariat of the German Red Cross since 2013.

Documenting the Collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Since August 2002, Facts & Files has been working organizing and registering works of art and other artefacts for the permanent exhibition and of the collection.

The History of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich

A Survey about the history from 1933 until the foundation of the Federal Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) in 1950

Since January 2015 Facts & Files had been conducting research on sources about the history of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich on behalf of the Federal Court of Auditors. The aim of the survey was to locate sources related to the activities of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich. The study examined the role of the Court of Auditors’ key personnel. The project was completed by the end of 2015.

© WAZ
© WAZ

Provenance of the painting „Women at the Flower Garden“ by Emil Nolde

Facts & Files conducted research commissioned by the Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg in 2015.

Since 1958, the painting was with the collection of the Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg. Until 1942 it was in the art collection of Eduard Müller. Facts & Files produced an expert opinion on the provenance of the painting. On November 30, 2015, the board of trustees of the Lehmbruck-Museum considered the sale of the painting in 1942 as under duress. In 2017, the painting was restituted to the heirs of Eduard Müller.

WGA-Files Project

www.wga-datenbank.de

The WGA-Files online project on records of the Berlin restitution offices started on September 1, 2012. This project aims to provide information about restitution cases, in order to facilitate provenance research. The Berlin State Archive (Landesarchiv Berlin) supports provenance research since many years. Especially, the record group of the restitution offices of Berlin (B Rep 025, Wiedergutmachungsämter von Berlin) is of high importance. The record group consists of more than 800,000 files of the restitution offices of Berlin.

© Rowohlt Verlag GmbH  |
© Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

The History of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

Research Project

Facts & Files was commissioned by Professor Dr. Constantin Goschler and Professor Dr. Michael Wala of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum to conduct research on biographies of former staff members of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz). The study on the history of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz by Constantin Goschler and Michael Wala was published in September 2015.

Galerie Heinemann

Galerie Heinemann Online

Founded in 1872, the Munich based Galerie Heinemann was one of the most important German art dealing companies until it got "aryanized" by the National Socialists in 1938.

© University of Heidelberg  | Heinrich von Veldeke, ca. 1140 - 1190
© University of Heidelberg

World Heritage at the rivers Saale and Unstrut

Study on the History of the Dominions in the High Middle Ages

The poet Heinrich von Veldeke is thought to have completed his romance “Eneas” at Neuenburg Castle, at the court of the Count Palatinate Hermann. Neuenburg is part of a unique ensemble of early medieval cultural monuments in the Saale-Unstrut region. As part of an application for recognition as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2012, Facts & Files prepared a study of the area’s High Middle Ages history. In 2018, Naumburg Cathedral was acknowledged as World Cultural Heritage site.

© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  | United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Research at German Archives

Facts & Files undertakes the registration of records for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington D.C. within the framework of the "USHMM International Acquisitions Program".

Tutankhamun - His Tomb and its Treasures

Exhibition

The Tutankhamun exhibition breaks new ground in the presentation of cultural history, in general and with ancient Egypt in particular. Facts & Files conducted research on related footage, illustrations and photographs, and created educational material, such as student work sheets.

Exhibition WeltWissen

In 2010, the city of Berlin celebrated the sciences.

For the exhibition which opened on 24th September 2010 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Facts & Files conducted research on scholars and scientists who had worked in Berlin. We traced their papers, footage and audio material and researched exhibits.

Shot in Moscow...

German Victims of Stalinism

"Shot in Moscow..." is an international historical research project, supported by the Foundation for Examination of the Dictatorship in East Germany and realized in collaboration between Facts & Files Historical Research Institute, Berlin and the Russian human rights organization Memorial International, Moscow.

Database on Jewish Residents in Germany from 1933 to 1945

Commissioned by the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" and the Federal Archives

Facts & Files researched the backgrounds of Jewish emigrants, who were forced by the National Socialists to leave the German Reich after 1933.