Institute of Contemporary History (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, IfZ)
|Institution||Institute of Contemporary History|
|Themes||Weimar Republic, NS dictatorship, occupation period, GDR|
|Orientation||internationally comparative history|
|Founded||1949, 1961 as a non-profit foundation under civil law|
The Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) researches National Socialism, the history of the German Federal Republic, and the German Democratic Republic, utilising comparative perspectives on the history of other European states as well. The IfZ is the only institute in Germany that studies the entirety of German history since 1918 with a strong international emphasis.
The IfZ's main headquarters is in Munich, with two divisions in Berlin and a documentation centre in Obersalzburg near Berchtesgaden. One of the Berlin divisions is located in the Federal Foreign Office and issues the "Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (i.e. records of the Foreign Policy of the German Federal Republic), the other is located in close vicinity to the Federal Archives and conducts research on the Soviet occupation zone and the GDR within the context of Eastern Europe. The documentation in Obersalzburg is a permanent exhibition that combines local history with the central features of the NS dictatorship. In addition, the IfZ provides a library and archive of German and international (contemporary) history since 1918.