4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2021 11:21 AM by Brian Paul Kaess

    Do the EWZ records include the Dorschke surname?

    Brian Paul Kaess Wayfarer

      This query is about EWZ (Einwandererzentralstelle) records and the Dorschke surname.  In 2015, Paul Brown of the Reading Room of the National Archives II (NARA II) at College Park, Maryland, said the following might have the Dorschke surname: 1) Microfilm Publications A3342, EWZ 52, Roll A110, and 2) Microfilm Publications A3342, EWZ 57, Roll J133. My question is, 'What can I expect to find if I look for these two rolls? Will they likely have information on individuals with the Dorschke surname? Thanks.

        • Re: Do the EWZ records include the Dorschke surname?
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Brian, Welcome to History Hub


          I am not familiar with your topic but I found this on the internet. They do not have the name that you want but there are several are close with the ending of chke.



          Good Luck in your search

          Alice Lane

          Volunteer Researcher

          • Re: Do the EWZ records include the Dorschke surname?
            Susannah Brooks Pioneer

            This website gives a brief description of the various records in the Captured German records collection at NARA College Park.  http://volga.niedermonjou.org:8000/EWZ.html

            I would assume that if Paul Brown gave you specific roll numbers to look at either they contained the Dorschke surname or they contained names alphabetically that might include Dorschke. 

            • Re: Do the EWZ records include the Dorschke surname?
              Sylvia Naylor Scout

              Dear Mr. Kaess,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              Records of the Einwandererzentralstelle (EWZ, literally Immigration Center) include personal information for individuals processed by the EWZ, a central German authority for the immigration and naturalization of qualified ethnic Germans for Reich citizenship during the period 1939-45. These individuals, nominally citizens of Poland, the Baltic states, the Soviet Union, France, Italy, and the states of southeastern Europe, became part of National Socialist plans for "Germanizing" the frontiers of the future Reich.


              Typical documents found in EWZ records for the naturalization of ethnic Germans include: E-Kartei (or EWZ-Kartei), the general information cards filled out by all applicants; Gesundheitskartei (or G-Kartei), each containing a photograph and the results of a health examination; Stammblätter, standard forms used to summarize personal data of individual applicants and their families; Einbürgerungsanträge, naturalization application forms filled out by ethnic Germans; and Rasse-Kartei, cards that summarize the racial examinations conducted on prospective resettlers. Many Stammblätter and Einbürgerungsanträge are included among the application case files (Anträge) maintained by the EWZ, which constitute the majority of the BDC's EWZ collections. The records are supplemented by additional note cards prepared after the war by the BDC, summarizing file contents or noting where other pertinent collections exist. In addition to documentation of naturalization, the EWZ collections include information on ethnic Germans who served in the German armed forces, police, and paramilitary formations, and some general records of the EWZ's operations and relationships with similar Nazi organizations.


              For more information about these records, please review a description of the records of the Einwandererzentralstelle (EWZ) located in the series titled “Records Relating to the Activities of the Einwandererzentralstelle (EWZ), 1946-1994” in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242).


              Also, there is no way of knowing if any records on individuals named “Dorschke” exist without physically looking at the microfilm located in the Microfilm Reading Room at the National Archives at College Park, MD.  For access to these microfilmed records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.govPlease note, however that that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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              • Re: Do the EWZ records include the Dorschke surname?
                Brian Paul Kaess Wayfarer

                Following are three pages to a 1934 NSDAP name change document for Viktor Dorschke. His name was Viktor Drozdzok. These were obtained from the Bundesarchiv in abt 2019 by Brian Paul Kaess.

                Viktor Dorschke 1934 name change document Pg 1

                Viktor Dorschke 1934 name change document Pg 2

                Viktor Dorschke 1934 name change document Pg 3