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Research project on the history of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) from 1950-1975 as regards its initial organisational structures with a special focus on links to National Socialism of staff members employed in BfV’s founding phase

Prof. Dr. Constantin Goschler und Prof. Dr. Michael Wala vom Historischen Institut der Ruhr-Universität Bochum auf der Pressekonferenz am 27.09.2011.Zoom© Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz Prof Dr Constantin Goschler and Prof Dr Michael Wala

The transparent, scientific, and serious reflection of its own history is of the utmost importance to the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV). Since November 2011, Professor Constantin Goschler and Professor Michael Wala of the history department of Ruhr-Universität Bochum have been researching the history of the BfV's organisational structures from 1950 to 1975. This research project particularly focuses on links to National Socialism of staff members employed by the BfV during its early years. After completing their work, the two researchers will make their findings available to the public in late 2014. In late 2007, BfV senior management set the task of creating the preconditions for a scientific study of BfV’s founding history and of developing a concept in this regard. The preparations resulted in the research project on the history of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) from 1950-1975 as regards its initial organisational structures with a special focus on links to National Socialism of staff members employed in BfV’s founding phase, which was publicly advertised in November 2010.

The history of the BfV, which was founded in 1950, has not been subject to thorough scientific research so far. Especially with regard to the BfV between 1950 and 1975, the effects of National Socialism on the BfV's work – defined in 1949 as the proactive protection of the constitution within the framework of a democracy willing to defend its values – have yet to be reviewed under critical and context-oriented aspects and based on historical sources of the time. The actual objective of the research project is to determine how many staff members had a Nazi past and how they influenced the work and organisational culture of the German domestic intelligence service.

For further information, see the website of Ruhr‑Universität Bochum.

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