Peter Black papers
The Peter Black papers consist of writings by Dr. Black; materials collected by Dr. Black while researching and writing his doctoral dissertation about Austrian Nazi leader Ernst Kaltenbrunner; reports compiled by Dr. Black while working for the Office of Special Investigations in the U.S. Department of Justice; material compiled for war crimes cases for which Dr. Black served as an expert witness; and source material documenting Dr. Black’s career as a Holocaust scholar. The collection particularly emphasizes the denaturalization and deportation cases for which Dr. Black served as an expert witness in the United States, Canada, and England and the roles of local ethnic German collaborators in the Holocaust in German-occupied Eastern Europe. The collection particularly emphasizes the denaturalization and deportation cases for which Dr. Black served as an expert witness in the United States, Canada, and England and the roles of local ethnic German collaborators in the Holocaust in German-occupied Eastern Europe.
Writings and writing projects by Dr. Black (Series 1) consists of a master’s thesis, dissertation proposal, student papers, presentations, and articles written by Dr. Black about the Holocaust.
Kaltenbrunner research (Series 2) consists of correspondence, index cards, printed material, publication files, and source material documenting Dr. Black’s research for his dissertation on Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903-1946), the Austrian-born SS general who served as Chief of the Reich Main Security Office from 1943 to 1945. Research material in this series includes extensive correspondence with Kaltenbrunner’s son Hansjörg Kaltenbrunner, correspondence and interviews with other people who knew Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and correspondence with archival repositories holding original source material. Index cards contain Dr. Black’s notes for his dissertation. This series includes a single original Holocaust-era document: Ernst Kaltenbrunner’s April 20, 1944 postcard to his son. The remaining source material is copied from repositories such as the Berlin Document Center, Bundesarchiv Koblenz, Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and documents Kaltenbrunner, the Third Reich, the Nazi party, the SS, and the administration of Nazi-occupied territories. This series also includes related secondary source printed materials. Publication materials document the production of Dr. Black’s dissertation and its subsequent publication.
Series 3 consists of reports written or co-written by Dr. Black for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) about accused Holocaust perpetrators and collaborators Conrad Schellong, Otto von Bolschwing, Viorel Trifa, [Misc. Trawniki Concentration Camp Investigations], and Kurt Waldheim. This series also includes two OSI reports about Robert Jan Verbelen and Josef Mengele that were not written by Dr. Black.
Expert witness cases (Series 4) consists of Dr. Black’s expert reports and testimony, correspondence, court records, and source material related to denaturalization and deportation cases for which Dr. Black served as an expert witness in the United States, Canada, and England. The cases relate to men who illegally or fraudulently entered the United States, Canada, or England after World War II by disguising their identities or lying about atrocities they committed or abetted during the Holocaust. The cases documented in this series include Jaroslaw Bilaniuk, Johann Breyer, Peter Egner, Jacob Fast, Mychailo Fostun, Fedir Kwoczak, Iwan Mandycz, Jakiw Palij, Michael Seifert, [KdS Warsaw Investigation], Mikola Wasylyk, and Vladas Zajanckauskas.
Subject files and source materials (Series 5) consist of additional source materials that complement source materials found in Series 2 and Series 4. Topics include Otto von Bolschwing, German-occupied Ukraine, Odilo Globocnik, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wasyl Lytwyn, Arthur Nebe, Schutzstaffel, Selbstschutz, Sonderdienst, Trawniki, Viorel Trifa, and Yugoslavia. Sources include the Berlin Document Center (BDC), Bundesarchiv, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich. This series also includes index descriptions of records from FSB Archive Moscow; court records from the Berezowskyj, Kwoczak, Demjanjuk, and Mandycz cases; research notes; and reference files.
2 oversize boxes
1 oversize folder
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Black
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Also in Peter R. Black research collection
Consists of correspondence, interview transcripts, notes, memoir materials, and other research materials gathered by Peter R. Black in preparation for his 1981 Columbia University PhD dissertation, "Ideological Commitment and Personal Politics in the Third Reich: The Case of Ernst Kaltenbrunner." Also includes a bound copy of unpublished research papers written by Black in the early 1970s, including "The SS in Perspective" (a history and historiography of the SS), on "The Resistance that Never Was" (a study of the failure of any anti-Allied Nazi resistance movement), and the project proposal for Dr. Black's paper on Kaltenbrunner. Also includes a postcard written by Kaltenbrunner to his son in 1944 and audiocassettes containing interviews with Wilhelm Höttl, Hansjörg Kaltenbrunner, Otto Holzinger, and Leopold Tavs, conducted by Peter Black, ca. 1977.