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Wirtschaftsforschung in der Weimarer Republik und im Nationalsozialismus – Materialien zur Geschichte des Instituts für Konjunkturforschung (IfK) und des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) 1925 bis 1945, Berlin 2016

Stäglin, Reiner and Fremdling, Rainer (2014): Wirtschaftsforschung in der Weimarer Republik und im Nationalsozialismus – Materialien zur Geschichte des Instituts für Konjunkturforschung (IfK) und des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) 1925 bis 1945, Berlin 2016.

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Abstract

Economic Research in the Weimar Republic and in NS-Germany - Archival Documents on the History of the Institute for Business Cycle Research (IfK) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) 1925 – 1945:

Within varied other research projects, we collected archival documents on the history of the DIW and its predecessor IfK founded by Ernst Wagemann in 1925. In 2013, the DIW funded our endeavour to collect specific archival records on its own history without impinging on the research. Together with the copies of the files we had gathered beforehand the additional files we collected in 2013 in various archives comprised 3.500 pages. In order to make this pile accessible we organized the sheets both chronologically and systematically with detailed references to the specific archives and records. In 2014, we overhanded a booklet of this documentation including extensive summaries or quotations from the files to the board of the DIW. These 160 pages were not made accessible to other researchers, however. We hereby present our results to the public without changing anything from the original contents. The only supplement to the unchanged original version is an extended introduction. There, we referred to additional archival records we had detected in the course of projects on the statistics of the NS-economy, a biographical article on Wagemann and research on the RWI - Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research (formerly Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung). Our introductory notes and references shed new light on Rolf Wagenführ (head of DIW´s department of industry and chief statistician of Speer´s Planning Office) and Ernst Wagemann (President of the DIW) with his denazification file of 1948. The intertwinement of the DIW with the NS-regime emerges more clearly. The board of the DIW agreed with our publication without taking responsibility for it.

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