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Policja Województwa Śląskiego (Sygn. 38)

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    Selected files of the Policja Województwa Śląskiego (Silesian Voivodeship Police). Consist of orders and ordinances of superior authorities, situational reports, searching, investigations and detentions of criminals, information about various manifestations of social and political life. Included are records related to “Volksdeutsche" communities, German minority, communist movement, political parties and federations/associations. Among the materials there are documents concerning antisemitic and anti-communist political group, OWP (Obóz Wielkiej Polski), mandatory deportation of the Sinti and Roma, illegal crossing of country borderline by Jews, numerous reports from soldiers and frontier informers that the Germans are planning an armed attack on Poland, and German subversive actions.
    Alternate Title
    Selected records of the Silesian Voivodeship Police
    inclusive:  1922-1939
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Collection Creator
    Poland. Policja Województwa ?l?skiego
    The Silesian Voivodeship Police started operating in June 1922 immediately after Poland's part of Upper Silesia was granted to it. The matter of competence and organization of the police authorities was established by the ordinance of June 17, 1922, regarding the organization of the Silesian Voivodeship Police. It stated that the voivodship police is an organization of the security service and has the task of maintaining security, peace and public order, and in this respect is the executive body of the voivodeship administration authorities. Organizationally, the police were adapted to the administrative division of the province, divided into the Main Police Headquarters of the Silesian Province with headquarters in Katowice, poviat and city headquarters (for cities constituting poviats), police stations in cities and larger municipalities or districts of larger cities, and posts in municipalities and smaller cities. In the field of organization, administration, supply, weaponry and training, the voivodship police was subordinate to the chief commandant, while in the area of security service and executive actions of administrative authorities subordinated to the voivode, and in poviats - starosts, in the districts for which police directorates were established (Katowice, Chorzów), Bielsko) - police directors.
    The above regulation also regulated the attitude of the police to the judiciary. It established that in the investigation of crimes, the police are directly dependent on the judiciary; Prosecutor's offices and judicial authorities have the right to directly issue orders to the police in accordance with the criminal proceedings laws. [Source: Based on description from the source Archives]
    RG-15.130M: 2007.268. Policja województwa śląskiego (Sygn. 38/0): The police of the region of Silesia

    Physical Details

    Polish German
    2 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
    System of Arrangement
    Arranged in five series: 1. Police reports regarding the activities of the Obóz Wielkiej Polski, 1929-1933; 2. Correspondence relating to Sinti and Roma, 1932-1933; 3. Jewish matters, illegal crossing of borders, 1937-1939; 4. German political parties and “Volksdeutsche" communities, 1927-1939; 5. German minority matters and reports related to planned German attack on Poland, 1927-1933. Selected files organized on the microfilm reels as follow: Reel 1: File 148, 225: Reel 2: File 249, 381, 383, 463, 520, 561. See also the rest of the files in the collection RG-15.130M, Policja województwa śląskiego (Sygn. 38/0).

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    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Reproduction of more than 100 pages of copies of documents for researchers or other institutions requires a written permission of the General Director of the State Archives of the Republic of Poland. Publication of more than 10 complete documents in an individual work requires the written authorization of the General Director. The Museum may not publish any archival material obtained from the General Director, including specific archives under his control, on the Internet, the World Wide Web, or any other publicly accessible on-line network without the written permission of the General Director. Citation of the materials in any publication must refer to the Museum and the Polish State Archives and must include the name of the archival group and catalogue number of the originals.

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    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach
    Source of acquisition is the Archiwum Państwowe w Katowicach, Poland, Sygn. 38. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archival Programs Division in March 2018.
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