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Walter and Johanna Rischowsky Collection

Identifier: AR 25033

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 2 binders with documents collected by Walter Rischowsky. The first binder ("Behördliche Anordnungen") is a collection of official regulations between 1941 and 1942, which restricted the life of German Jews. This binder consists primarily of copies of announcements of new regulations distributed by the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland to subordinated agencies and Jewish communities, as well as copies of memos, newspaper clippings, and the like. This binder is sorted by topics. The second binder is a chronological collection of copies of memos of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland about meetings with members of the Zentralstelle für Jüdische Auswanderung (Central Office for Jewish Emigration) (1940-1941). The Zentralstelle für Jüdische Auswanderung was set up in Germany on January 24, 1939 on the models of similar offices in Vienna and Prague. The new office was headed by Heinrich Mueller, chief of section II of the Gestapo. In December 1939 Adolf Eichmann was transferred to Berlin. The office was staffed by the Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police) and SD (Sicherheitsdienst; Security Service) and dealt first with emigration and later with the deportation of Jews to extermination camps.


  • 1940-1942


Language of Materials

German and English

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 537).

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011


Biographical Note

Walter Rischowsky was a functionary in the financial section of the Jewish community in Berlin until his death in 1946. His wife was named Johanna, and they had a daughter, Ilse.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 oversized folder, 1 reel)


The Walter and Johanna Rischowsky Collection primarily contains documents collected by Walter Rischowsky stating rules and restrictions forced upon German Jews between 1941-1942, as well as documents on the emigration and deportation of German Jews. There is also a small amount of biographical information concerning Walter Rischowsky. The documents consist of official regulations from the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland, and copies of memos of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland concerning meetings between their organization and the Zentralstelle für Jüdische Auswanderung.


This collection is comprised of three series:

  1. Series I. Background information on Walter Rischowsky
  2. Series II: Official regulations, 1941 - 1942
  3. Series III: Memos of meetings between the Reichsvereinigung and the Zentralstelle für Jüdische Auswanderung, 1940-1941


Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 537).

Alternative Form Available

Collection is available on microfilm.

Guide to the Walter and Johanna Rischowsky Collection 1940 - 1942 AR 25033
Processed by Renate Evers
© October 2003.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from WandJRischowsky.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 2005.: Access points added by Dianne Ritchey Oummia.
  • January 2006.: Entities removed from EAD finding aid.
  • May 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States