German History Sources


Richard Weikart

Author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Forthcoming: Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

EDITOR'S NOTE: I have compiled this list of documents for use in courses on modern German history (mainly nineteenth and twentieth century). I have tried to include a balanced selection of documents in English that are brief enough to assign for supplemental reading. I include not only textual materials, but some images, artwork, and architecture as well. Many of the documents I index are located at other sites on the WWW, since they serve my purposes well. A few I have posted to my own website. My choices have been constrained by what is already available on the WWW and by what is not copyrighted. If anyone knows of any documents not under copyright that I should include, please contact me and let me know (with full bibliographical information, please). If you could send an electronic copy of the document, that would be even better.

DISCLAIMER: I strive for accuracy, but I cannot ensure the accuracy of the documents, especially those not posted on my own website. If anyone discovers any errors on my website, please contact me and I will try to correct them. I have also tried only to post documents to my own website that are no longer under copyright. If I have inadvertently posted a document to my website that is still under copyright, I will remove it when notified.


18th Century




Art and Culture, 1789-1871 (Paintings and Images)





Art and Culture, 1871-1914 (Paintings and Images)



World War I, 1914-1918



World War II


Art and Culture, 1914-1945


GDR, 1949-1989

FRG, 1949-1989

FRG, 1989-present

Art and Culture, 1945-present

Links to Other Source Documents

German History in Documents and Images - from German Historical Institute, Washington, DC

German Propaganda Archive - text and images from Nazi and GDR propaganda

Modern History Sourcebook - a source reader for a World Civilizations course

Avalon Project at Yale U. - has historical documents on international relations

Eurodocs - Europe

Eurodocs - Germany

Hanover Historical Texts Project

H-German Primary Source Archives

Nuremberg Trial Case Files - contains long documents from the Nuremberg Trials

Yad Vashem Documents on the Holocaust

Lebendiges Virtuelles Museum - focussing on twentieth-century German history

The Berlin Wall OnlineArtcyclopedia - an excellent search engine for artwork on the WWW

Updated: July 12, 2023