From the standing armies of the absolutist principalities of the German Confederation to the army of the imperial era, the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht, and the Bundeswehr during the Cold War, the military played a very important role in Germany for centuries. As a result of the First and Second World Wars, in which Germany fought against a number of neighboring European states, the Commonwealth and the USA, there is also a great deal of interest abroad in the military records of the Federal Archives. We will be happy to assist you in your research with our military historical experience.
Researching one's own family history is one of the most popular, but at the same time most time-consuming and sometimes very complex leisure activities worldwide. We are happy to support you in this area by researching relevant archives and documents.
The provenance of an object plays an important role today, especially for the international art and antiques trade. In addition to the art-historical consideration of make and chronological classification, the historical examination of the individual history of the object also contributes to clarifying the question of authenticity. Through the evaluation of corresponding documents, much can be learned about its purpose and the original ownership, whereby the object gains in individuality and real value. We will be happy to assist you with background research in this regard.
Particularly during the Second World War, many cultural assets were lost in Germany and Europe due to persecution and war, a large part of which has not been clarified to this day. The Amber Room, which was captured by the German Wehrmacht in Russia in 1941 and whose whereabouts are still unknown, is only the best-known example of this. We support the clarification of such losses through research in the archives and on site.
Whereas historical research used to be based almost exclusively on written testimonies, today oral history is also gaining in importance. The reason for this is that nowadays interest in "history from below" - the experience of the ordinary people - has grown. On your behalf, we identify and interview contemporary witnesses to historical events of the recent past that are not written down anywhere.
For media professionals such as journalists, filmmakers and authors who attach importance to a historically accurate portrayal, it is often a challenge to verify the circumstances of the time. This is where we can help, researching and validating disputed points with written or pictorial evidence.
Only through source criticism and chronological classification do historical documents acquire real significance. Using standard scientific methods for private individuals, we analyze the researched documents with regard to the question and provide you with a professional assessment beyond the mere material.
Information meetings and workshops not only serve historical educational work, but also increase public interest in the goals of cultural institutions and associations. We are happy to support your public relations work in this regard with lectures on historical topics.
Whether a flea market or attic find, an archive discovery or grandmother's secret papers: Bequests are an important source for researchers of all shades, but are often unorganized. We are happy to take on the challenge, sifting through and cataloging surviving stocks of films, photos, letters, documents, diaries and other estates.