The Volksgerichtshof: Legal-Historical Classification and Legal Evaluation

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Marxen, Klaus
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    Topics: 1. Information on the Proceedings - start of investigations / reporting behavior in the population, - questioning of the accused, - questioning of witnesses in the entire proceedings and in the main hearing, - protective custody and detention awaiting trial, - prosecution (time of incident, accusation and the like), - reports before and in the main hearing, - defense before and in the main hearing, - main hearing (duration, closing arguments etc.), - enforcement and pardon procedure. 2. Information about the accused person - family situation and social position, - citizenship or nationality, - member of the military and participation in the war (for Germans found guilty), - belonging to parties and other political organizations. 3. Sentence data, obtained from a separate analysis of the sentences by a sample procedure. - sanctions - facts of the case - length of sentence - date of sentence
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990 / 1993
Sampled Universe
The courts’ main files / general files are the universe for the sampling procedure.
Sampling Procedure Comment: The courts’ main files / general files are the universe for the sampling procedure. For each proceeding a sample was taken respectively from the entirety of the main files. The survey was carried out by trained assistants who had to be lawyers. It was conducted with a data entry form recording first information on the proceedings and then information about the individual accused.
Collection Mode
  • File analysis of complete proceedings files
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 1371
    Number of Variables: 338
Number of court proceedings: 689 Number of convicted: 1371
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8111 (Type: ZA-No.)
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Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23