Digitization of German Documents in Russian Archives

As a result of the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition in the Second World War, documents of Nazi Germany were discovered in many countries, including Russia. The largest collections of these so-called “trophy documents” are being kept in the federal archives of the Russian Federation (State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), the Russian State Military Archive (RGVA), the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI)), and in the Central Archive of the Russian Ministry of Defense (TsAMO). The project to digitize the German documents was initiated by the administration of the Russian President in 2011. It is carried out by the Russian Historical Society, the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Archival Agency with support from the German Historical Institute in Moscow. The coordination committee overseeing the digitization project is headed by Sergey J. Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.