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  • Occupied Eastern Territories

    Nazi language used to refer to the so-called "Ostland" (the Baltic States and parts of White Russia) and the Ukraine as "Occupied Eastern territories". The Reichsministerium für die besetzten Ostgebiete (Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories) organized and supervised the "Germanization" of the territories as well as the annihilation of the Jews from Eastern Europe.

  • Order of the Allied Forces

    In December 1945 and January 1946 the four Military Governments ordered German authorities to support the tracing bureaus in their pertinent zones. The authorities had to carry out investigations on foreigners, who had been staying in the administrative districts since September 1939, be it for a short time or permanently, be it voluntarily or involuntarily. The authorities also had to report the whereabouts of German Jews. The information compiled as a result of this order was listed by specific categories. More than two million of these lists are kept at the ITS.

  • Organisation Todt

    Abbreviation: OT

    The organization, established on a military model in 1938 and named after its founder Fritz Todt, came under the command of the Minister of the Reich for arming and ammunition in March 1940. It was primarily used to perform construction work on the territories occupied by Germany.