How do I find pictures? There are several possibilities to find pictures: The "simple search" (the search box at the top of every page), the "Advanced search" by systematic use of different boxes or by "Browsing" via subject, person or locality (topicsearch).
What does »topic search« means? By browsing via subject, person or locality (=topicsearch) you can find pictures which - when described - were grouped under different subject areas (i.e. "categorized"). There are two classification systems by subject, one system by person, i.e. an index of all persons to whom the Federal Archives keeps pictures, and two geographical classification systems ("Germany" and "Worldwide").
Why should I register? You may search without registration. For downloading of reproducible pictures registration and information on person-related data are compulsory in order to enable the start of the automated payment procedure.
How can I register? You will register by five (creditcard) or six (Advanced Payment / Prepayment) steps: 1. You agree to the "Conditions for the use of still pictures archives". 2. You provide the Federal Archives with a user name and a pass-word. 3. You provide us with your data and the method of payment you prefer. 4. Activation of your researcher’s account by confirming the link of activation we shall send to you by e-mail. 5. ONLY AT MODE "ADVANCED PAYMENT" and "DIRECT DEBIT": Fill out, sign the use application sent by e-mail to you and sending the application to the Federal Archive, 6. Check of your registration by the Federal Archives and, if okay, clearance.
What do I do, if I did not find any pictures of relevance to me? Check whether you can find relevant information by using other search words, in particular in cases of research by subject. If you did not succeed despite of these additional options, please, contact the Federal Archives by phone, e-mail or mail. You will find our address data in the box "Contact".
How may I contact you? You may contact us by phone or in writing. Our address and phone number are available on the page "Contact".
Which are the meaning of abbreviations used in the texts of description of the pictures? The following abbreviations are used most frequently: ADN-ZB = Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst - Zentralbild (=News Agency of GDR (East Germany) – Central Still Pictures Service) BArch = Bundesarchiv (=Federal Archives) BPA = Bundespresseamt (=Federal German Press Office) BM = Bundesminister / Bundesministerin (=Federal Minister) EK = Eisernes Kreuz (="Iron Cross"; War decoration) Fs AOK = Fallschirm-Armeeoberkommando (=Higher Army Command for Parachutists) KBK = KriegsBerichter Kompanie (=War Correspondent Company) Lw = Luftwaffe (=Air Force) OKW = Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (=Supreme Command of the Armed Forces) o.Ang. = ohne Angabe (= no information available / unknown) PK = Propagandakompanie (=Propaganda company) RK = Ritterkreuz (="Knight’s cross"; War decoration) Sts = Staatssekretär / Staatssekretärin (=States secretary) UBz = Unser Bild zeigt (=Our picture shows) zbV = zur besonderen Verwendung (=For special use)
I have additions for a picture description. What can I do? The Federal Archive describes pictures - where available - with the original text. If no original text is available, the picture is described by the archivists of the Federal Archive. In view of the large number of pictures, of course it can come to discrepancies in individual cases. We are always grateful for notes and additions because of this.