This blog of the Database of Jewish Businesses in Nazi Berlin presents new features, stories about jewish companies in Berlin and an insight into the project. The database project was set up between 2005 and 2012 as part of a research project at the Humboldt University in Berlin. It is the basis of both the study “Final Sale in Berlin. The destruction of Jewish commercial activity 1930-1945“ and the exhibition “Final Sale. The end of Jewish owned businesses in Nazi Berlin”. The foundation of the database is a complete indexing of all relevant entries of the Berlin commercial register, published in the German state gazette, the “Deutsche Reichsanzeiger und Preußischen Staatsanzeiger”. It includes information collected from many different primary sources, contemporary newspapers, handbooks and directories and other printed material. The database contains key information on more then 8 000 companies that were regarded as Jewish and therefore persecuted from 1933 on. This includes the name of the company, its address, legal form, economic sector, the date of the entry of a company into the commercial register, the date of its deletion, changes of the owners or managers and all references. The database also holds the raw data of another 44 000 companies that could not be identified as Jewish.
Since march the following contributions were published:
C. Kreutzmüller: A Word on the New Project / Database of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Nazi Berlin
B. Grffith: Contextualising Data: Case Studies
C. Kreutzmüller / B. Griffith: Jewish Owned Businesses in Nazi Berlin — an introduction
Further articles in the future will deal with the technical infrastructure and of course with the miniatures as short stories about selected companies.