Anthropological and Ethnological Surveys in Wehrmacht Camps during World War II

During the Second World War, numerous "colonial soldiers" from the French and British armies fell into captivity of the Wehrmacht. Researchers utilized their internment as a study opportunity, at a time when overseas expeditions were not feasible due to the war. One aim of this research project is to address previously unknown gaps in the biographies of (Austrian) key actors involved in such investigations. Additionally, the study promises new insights into surveys of the "SS-Ahnenerbe" with significant Austrian participation. Furthermore, connections to scientific institutions and governmental agencies involved in similar research activities are to be identified. In this manner, the study will be embedded into a broader research context.


Project leader:
Lisa M. Gottschall


  • Dr. Laurent Dedryvère (Université Paris Cité)

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Echterhölter, M.A. (Universität Wien)

  • PD Dr. Britta Lange (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

  • Dr. Holger Stoecker (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

  • Dr. Céline Trautmann-Waller (École Pratique des Hautes Études – PSL)