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Archives at the Hamburg office of the GRC Tracing Service

Databases, files
Proof of emigration attempts
Financing of the repatriation costs
Provision of information

The Hamburg office of the GRC Tracing Service possesses extensive archives and under certain conditions can also provide details from the data and information available to it.

Our records include:

Databases / files regarding:

  • Emigration applications dating from 1947 if known to the GRC and official bodies
  • People who have entered Germany with permanent residence
  • Inquiries and requests for help dealt with at the Hamburg office of the GRC Tracing Service

Correspondence, such as in connection with:

  • A view of the archives at the tracing service office in Hamburg (Ü1) Photo: E. Gurian / GRC tracing serviceEmigration attempts, including the questionnaires of the German Embassy in Moscow (1955 - 1957)
  • Emigration of people requiring assistance
  • The routes German POWs and ethnic German repatriates were forced to take
  • Fate after the war, especially the discrimination as Germans
  • Occupational activities
  • Living conditions in the country of origin
  • Information regarding ancestry, family links
  • Previous and current places of residence
  • Detention*)
  • Forced adoptions *)
  • SED injustice*)
  • Attempts to escape*)

Documents, papers, certificates, identity cards2)

  • Notices of rejection regarding applications to emigrate
  • Birth, marriage and death certificates and notices
  • Certificates of nationality, certificates of residence, People’s List identity cards
  • Document Centre notifications from around 1956 to 1974
  • Personal identity cards, pay books, employment records, photos
  • Prison release certificates*)


Decisions of the Federal Office for Administration of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (predecessor of the Federal Office of Administration), of district and city councils and of the Federal Office of Administration:

  • Acceptance permits (from 1951)
  • Notifications of admission (from 1990)
  • Residence permits
  • Registration documents and notifications, transport lists
  • Revocations, suspensions and rejections

Proof of emigration attempts

  • Including Wysow (request)
  • Emigration applications, rejections

Financing of the repatriation costs

  • Air travel, train travel
  • Transportation for the sick
  • Costs for passports and exit permits

Provision of information

Tracing service employee carrying out research work. Photo: E. Gurian / GRC tracing serviceInformation, expertise and location of people’s whereabouts – taking into account the applicable data protection regulations – especially for the following procedures:

  • Acceptance procedures under the German Refugees Act (BVFG)
  • Displaced person certificate – procedures, certification under § 15 of the BVFG
  • Determination of nationality procedures
  • Procedures relating to right of residence
  • Services, account adjustment procedures under foreign person legislation
  • Accommodation, benefit matters
  • Compensation for injustices committed by the SED*)
  • Tracing individuals (displaced people, emigrants and ethnic German repatriates or their relatives)
  • Assistance with entry, exit procedures
  • Witness statements
  • Procurement of documents
  • Family contact
  • Information regarding the situation of Germans in Eastern and South-eastern Europe


1) Items marked with *) refer in particular to the former GDR
2) Original documents are available in some cases