Digital Collection of the Greifswald State Archive

The Greifswald State Archive is a relatively young foundation of the immediate post-war period. As a branch of the Mecklenburg State Archives Schwerin it was established in August 1946 in the old Greifswald barracks building at the Nexöplatz in order to take up the archives of the former Szczecin State Archives. Today the holdings of the former State Archives of Szczecin can be found in the State Archives of Greifswald, Szczecin and Köslin.

Since 1993, the State Archive also houses the extensive holdings of the SED district administration in Rostock as well as the archives of many parties and mass organizations of the former northern district of the GDR. With the State Archives Act in the summer of 1997 and an ordinance on the competence of the state archives in 1998, the Greifswald State Archives are responsible for the archival support of all state authorities and subordinate federal authorities based in one of the five north-eastern districts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Since 1990, the main focus of the archive's activities has been on tasks that have arisen in connection with the legal regulations governing the reappraisal of the GDR's past. Extensive research into the regulation of open property issues, rehabilitation procedures, pension certificates and the safeguarding of personal rights of individual citizens. In addition, there are requests for confirmation of forced labour in the Pomeranian region, requests for information about family members from Pomerania who have disappeared since the war, and constantly increasing family history inquiries from expellees from the Federal Republic of Germany that were not possible before 1990.


Landesarchiv Greifswald
Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Platz 1
17489 Greifswald
Phone: +49 385-588797 00
Fax: +49 385-588797 12


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