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Facts & Files conducted archival research on Julio Metal, a banker and investor, who fled due to Nazi persecution to the USA in 1938.

Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated
Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated, from a photo album published by the Compania comercial y Bancaria S.A. in Barcelona. © Camilla Metal Brinkman

His property was “aryanized” after 1933. Facts & Files was commissioned by the granddaughter of Julio Metal, Camilla Metal Brinkman, to conduct research at Berlin and Viennese archives on the “aryanization” of the properties.

Based on these findings she produced the podcast “Recovering Julio” about the history of her family and Julio Metal.

The podcast “Recovering Julio” was released by Loss and Found Productions LLC .

Our motto is: Think History!

Facts & Files is the expert on historical research, provenance research, archive management and History Communication.

We are combining academic expertise with efficiency and due dilligence. Facts & Files has been conducting historical research, provenance research, and archive management since 1999. An introduction to our services and projects can be found on the coming pages. To get in contact, please write or call us!


Research Project “Erschossen in Moskau …” (Shot in Moscow…)

Research Project on German Victims of Stalinism

“Shot in Moscow…” was an international research project, supported by the Foundation for Examination of the Dictatorship in East Germany.

Vehicle Collection of Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

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

»People under Suspicion – The Ministry for State Security of the GDR«

What was the “Stasi”? Where and how did the “Stasi” work? What significance did the “Stasi” have for the East-German dictatorship? This educational film made by Franziska Schlotterer and Facts & Files gives the answers.

Collection Inventory 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.

Karte von Tsingtau, 1905, Verleger John Bartholomew (Edinburgh).

Objects at East Frisian Museums

The aim of the provenance research project on objects at four East Frisian museums is to reconstruct the colonial contexts of the objects, which have so far mainly been classified as “seafarers’ souvenirs” from China, and to research problematic contexts of appropriation.

Tutankhamun – His Tomb and Its Treasures

The Tutankhamun exhibition breaks new ground in the presentation of acient Egypt history.

Facts & Files researched footage, illustrations and photographs, and created educational material, such as student work sheets.

Expert Report for the University of Cologne

On behalf of the University of Cologne, Facts & Files had prepared a report 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.

Provenance Research on the Library of the Berlin State Archive

commissioned by the Berlin State Archive

Starting January 2020, Facts & Files has been investigating the provenance of the holdings of the Berlin State Archive’s library. This academic reference library contains about 150,000 records.

Transcribathon is a crowdsourcing platform for the enrichment, such as transcription, annotation and geo-referencing of historical documents available through the Europeana Collections Portal.

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”.

Art Collection of the Koch Family

The provenance research project aims to reconstruct the art collection of the Wiesbaden pediatrician Georg Koch and his wife Lotte, née Seeligmann.

Lucas Cranach, der Ältere: Portrait eines Mannes, 1522

Art Collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer

Since February 2020 Facts & Files has been commissioned by Ralf von Jacobs to conduct provenance research on the art collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer.

The History of the Court of Auditors of the German Reich

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.

Building at Berlin, Hohenzollernkorso 11, now Manfred-von-Richthofenstrasse, undated

Research on Julio Metal

Julio Metal was a banker and investor, who lived in Berlin and Vienna. His property was “aryanized” after 1933. He fled to the USA in 1938. His granddaughter produced the podcast “Recovering Julio” about the history of her family and Julio Metal.

Wittenberg, 2020

Municipal Collections of Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Provenance research project on objects from the collection of Julius Riemer, formerly in the collection of the Berlin zoologist and mammalogist Oscar R. Neumann.

Exhibition Worldskills

Facts & Files was commissioned by WorldSkills Germany e.V. to conduct research on the history of German participation in International Vocational Training Competitions (IVTC) since 1953.

Research Project on Counterintelligence during the Cold War

commissioned by Professor Michael Wala of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Facts & Files is commissioned to conduct research on intelligence and counterintelligence operations of the Ministry for State Security at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security of the former German Democratic Republic.

Archival Description of the Minutes of the Berlin Senate

Commissioned by the Berlin State Archives Berlin Facts & Files is describing the files since 2019.

The record group contains the minutes of the Berlin Senate.

Saxony at Work. Digital Industrial Culture

In 2020 the Free State of Saxony celebrated 500 years of industrial culture.

The project “Saxony at Work. Digital Industrial Culture” collected and transcribed historical sources online.

Website “Youth Opposition in the GDR”

Commissioned by the Federal Agency for Political Education and Robert Havemann Society, Berlin, is a German multimedia website focused on resistance and opposition of young people against the repressive East German government.

150 Years of NGG

The history of the German  Food, Beverages and Catering Union (NGG) was researched by Facts & Files from 2014 to 2016. NGG is the oldest union in Germany.

Provenance Research on the Art Collection of Richard Semmel

Since 2002, Facts & Files has been conducting research on the art collection of the Berlin factory owner Richard Semmel, who collected Old Dutch masters as well as works by French artists, mostly impressionists paintings.

Archive of the DRK

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

Building of the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, February 2016 © Facts & Files

Art Collections at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen

Provenance Research on 323 art objects of the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen (April 2016 to September 2019)

The project focused on medieval art pieces which were acquired by Wilhelm Hack in the 1930s, on the collection of modern art he accumulated in the 1940s, and on Expressionistic art pieces collected by the city of Ludwigshafen.

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