On November 1, 2011, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Philipp Rösler appointed Carl-Ludwig Holtfrerich as part of an independent historical commission. This commission is tasked with researching the history of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and its predecessor organizations. In contrast to similar projects of other Federal Ministries, this project is not limited to the Nazi regime and the transition to the Federal Republic. Starting with the history of the establishment of the Reich Office of Economic Affairs in 1917 (previously part of the Reich Interior Ministry), the research project covers the period until German reunification in 1990. The results will be published in four books, that is for the period until 1933, from 1933 to 1945, from 1945 to 1990 in the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as parallel structures from 1945 to 1990 in the German Democratic Republic. Holtfrerich will be the managing editor of the first publication (until 1933). He has asked colleagues from the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland with extensive research experience in German economic history of the 20th century to contribute to diverse areas of interest and time periods. He will also contribute three articles to the publication. For collecting source material, the authors will pursue research not only in the Federal Archive in Berlin and Koblenz, as well as archives of the federal states. But they will also consult the Special Archive in Moscow as well as the National Archives in London, Paris and Washington, D.C.
The results, published in a set of four books, were presented to Economics Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on December 7, 2016. The results of the conference are accessible on YouTube (see link below, in German only).
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