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German Historical Institute Paris
Where were German and French government offices situated in France during the German occupation (1940-45)? Over a period of four years, this major project by the German Historical Institute in Paris produced an interactive online map with a search function providing information about the location of the various offices and agencies.
Blatt und Bild Archive Research was largely responsible for developing the database to hold written information and historical photos and for developing a thesaurus. The online search tool was based on official German telephone directories and French administrative records. Research was carried out in the following German and French archives:

Germany:
    • Bildarchiv der Süddeutschen Zeitung, Munich
    • Bundesarchiv Berlin (Abteilung Reich)
    • Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv Freiburg im Breisgau
    • Deutsche Dienststelle für die Benachrichtigung der nächsten Angehörigen von Gefallenen der ehemaligen deutschen Wehrmacht (WASt), since 1.1.2019 Federal German Archives, Department of Person-Related Information about the First and Second World Wars, Berlin Reinickendorf
    • Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amtes, Berlin

France:
    • Archives Nationales
    • Bibliothèque Nationale de France
    • Institut d’histoire du temps présent, Paris
    • Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris
    • Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Ville de Paris
    • Service historique de la Défense, Vincennes

Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
Prof. Dr. Claire Andrieu
Research for Prof. Dr. Claire Andrieu as part  of her project "Helpers et lyncheurs dans l’Europe allemande,  1940-1945". Blatt und Bild Archive Research carried out research at the  former "Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)", whose records were transferred in January 2019 to the Federal German Archives, Department of Person-Related Information about the First and Second World Wars.

The  aim of this person-based research was to find witnesses still alive in  order to find out how the population in various European countries  reacted to members of the German air force who had to bail out of their  aeroplane using a parachute or make an emergency landing.

This  archive work was followed by an interview with the former pilot Joachim  S., who was shot down over London in 1944 and had to exit his disabled  plane by parachute. The twenty-three year old was held by the British as  prisoner of war.

Fondation de la Résistance, Paris
Since 2000 Corinna von List have worked as an independent academic to support the Fondation de la Résistance in Paris by carrying out research in German archives and the documentation centres of German concentration camps, as well as by analysing German records in French archives.
She also has contributed to online publications for the Musée de la Résistance en ligne.

In addition, she helps the foundation with research into German war crimes in France, particularly using the records of the Central Office of the Land Judicial Authorities for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, which is based in Ludwigsburg, Germany.


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