WW2 War crimes testimony of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (National Archives and Records Administration)

Tino Von Struckmann filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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RF-741

NARA-NGC-2021-000885

Multi Request WW2 War crimes testimony of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster,
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From: Tino Von Struckmann

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German) especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any and all files and references to this man created by allied intelligence and generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

From: National Archives and Records Administration

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* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2021-000885
* Requester Name: Tino Von Struckmann
* Date Submitted: 05/04/2021
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German) especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any and all files and references to this man created by allied intelligence and generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Von Struckmann:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) via the *FOIAonline*
website. We received your request on May 4, 2021. Your request concerns
textual records, photos and sound recordings related to SS-Sturmbannfuhrer
Rudolf Schuster.

Our office uses the *FOIAonline* portal for FOIA and Privacy Act requests
for the National Archives and Records Administration's *operational *records
(records created by this agency). Because your *FOIAOnline *request is for
records that may be textual *archival *records (records created by or
originated in a different agency but that may have been transferred to the
legal custody of NARA), we are forwarding it to three different components
in our *Office of Research Services. **Textual Reference (RR2R)* staff
will search for textual archival records. *Still Pictures *will search for
photographs, and *Motion Pictures *will search for sound recordings.

Since *Research Services* does not process FOIA requests through
*FOIAOnline*, we removed your request from the *FOIAOnline* website. Each
component will assign your request a new tracking number, and respond
directly to you. In the future, if you need to follow up with these
offices, please contact them at the addresses below, or electronically via
email (email is preferred).

National Archives and Records Administration
Research Services, Textual Reference Branch (RR2R)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2400
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3091
By fax: 301-837-1752
By email: archives2reference@nara.gov

The National Archives and Records Administration
Still Pictures Branch, Room 5360
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-837-0561
By fax: 301-837-3621
By email: stillpix@nara.gov

National Archives and Records Administration
Motion Pictures and Sound, Room 3360
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3540
By email: mopix@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below. You submitted a
duplicate of this request on May 5, 2021 [FOIAonline
NARA-NGC-2021-000888]. We are closing the second request as a duplicate.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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request NARA-NGC-2021-000885.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Tino
- Middle Initial: Von
- Last Name: Struckmann
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 111937
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the
following records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster,
(German) especially his complete war crimes testimony and
statements given
before and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any
and all files and references to this man created by allied
intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public,
and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my
request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment
if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20
business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act request, dated May 5,
2021 for records related to SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German)
especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before
and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Additionally any and all files
and references to this man that were created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements. Your request was received in this office on May 7,
2021 with the assigned control number 21-31930.

We have carefully searched our available finding aids and holdings but have
been unsuccessful in locating records responsive to your request. We
specifically searched our Personal Name Index to Office of Strategic
Services Personnel Files within Records of the Office of Strategic Services
(Record Group 226) but were not able to locate records related to Rudolf
Schuster.

We searched the textual series, Records of the Army Staff (Record Group
319) Entry 134-B - Investigative Records Repository (IRR) Personal Name
Files but were unable to locate records for Rudolf Schuster.

We additionally searched but were not able to locate records for Rudolf
Schuster within the European Name Index to War Crimes Case Files in Entry
142 - Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record
Group 153).

We were able to identify an additional series of records that may have
records related to Rudolf Schuster, Records of United States Army, Europe
(Record Group 549) Entry A1 2223 - Index to War Crimes Case Files.
Unfortunately we are not able to conduct a search of this series at this
time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, we are
unable to provide a substantive response to requests that require us to
consult the records at this time. We apologize for this inconvenience and
appreciate your understanding and patience.

We will continue to process your request when the National Archive resumes
normal operations. For updates on the status of Research Rooms, please
visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

As noted before, we checked the textual IRR files; however, since the
digital IRR files need to be reviewed for categories of information
exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), we
are transferring your request to the Special Access and FOIA staff for
further action. The Special Access and FOIA staff will be in contact about
the status of your request.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the enclosure. If you have any
questions, you may reach us at archives2reference@nara.gov.

Sincerely,

SUZANNE ZOUMBARIS
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2)
National Archives at College Park, MD

RR2RR 21-31930

  • Von Struckmann_FOIA Appeal and Dispute Resolution Options FY21v.3

From:

Dear Tino Von Struckmann,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Your request
for Army IRR files pertaining to Rudolph Schuster has been forwarded to our
office. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA
requests according to our normal procedures. We have assigned your request
the temporary tracking number RF-741. When we resume normal operations, we
will log requests into our system in the order they were received. At that
time, we will provide you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more
substantive response. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate
your understanding and patience.
Jermaine Scott
Archives Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Program

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

This is in further response to your FOIA request 21-31930 regarding for
records related to SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German) especially
his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before and during
his trial in Poland after WW2. Additionally any and all files and
references to this man that were created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements. Your request was received in our office on May 7,
2021. An interim response was provided to you on May 12, 2021.

We have reviewed the series identified in the interim response that was
sent to you, Records of United States Army, Europe (Record Group 549) Entry
A1 2223 - Index to War Crimes Case Files. Unfortunately Rudolf Schuster was
not listed in this index.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attached enclosure.

This concludes the processing of your request.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Zoumbaris
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD

  • Von Struckmann_FOIA Appeal and Dispute Resolution Options FY21v.3

From: National Archives and Records Administration

November 8, 2021

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

I am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request 65695 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration.

You requested access to RG 319, Digital IRR Files for Rudolf Schuster .

We completed a line-by-line review of the records you requested and
released information to the greatest extent possible. Below is a summary of
my review:

*Records Requested*

*Total Pages*

*Pages Released in Full*

*Pages Released in Part*

*Pages Withheld in Full*

164461

27

27

0

0

*The National Archives and Records Administration is closed to researcher
visits until further notice due to COVID-19*. Once the research rooms have
reopened, you or your designated representative may view the redacted file
at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland at no cost. To monitor
the status of the reopening of the National Archives at College Park to the
public, visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, *we are unable to send paper reproductions
or CDs with electronic reproductions, but you may order digital
reproductions of these records at the cost of 80 cents per page, which will
be delivered in electronic format via OneHub. Payment will only be accepted
by email to a secure inbox because the National Archives Trust Fund is
currently unable to process payments by phone, fax, or mail. If you would
like to order reproduction copies, please email our office at
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov and we will send you a price quote and ordering
instructions. A mailing/billing address is required to generate a price
quote, so please include that information with your reproduction request.

If you are not satisfied with my action on this request, you have the right
to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the
date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be delivered by
regular U.S. mail or by email. By filing an appeal, you preserve your
rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by email, please send it to foia@nara.gov,
addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA Appeal” in the
subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. All communications concerning this request should
reference your FOIA tracking number.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),
the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, for assistance. OGIS offers mediation
services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal
agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Email: ogis@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/ogis

Phone: 202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions
concerning my review, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Jermaine Scott

Archives Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

jermaine.scott@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

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From: Tino Von Struckmann

I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino

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MuckRock News
DEPT MR 111937
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Dear Muckrock News:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) status
update request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
via foia@nara.gov. We received your request on January 7, 2022. In your
request, you requested an update on case RF-741.

We have forwarded your request to our *Office of Research Services, Textual
Reference (RR2RR)* staff who handle FOIA requests for archival records. Textual
Reference will assign you a new tracking number and respond directly to
you. In the future, if you need to follow up with that office, please
contact them at the address below, or electronically via email (email is
preferred).

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
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College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
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For your reference, a copy of your request is below. *In the future, you
may submit any new requests for FBI files directly to** Special Access and
FOIA at their email address above.*

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Wanda Williams
Deputy FOIA Officer/Archivist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 7, 2022 at 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
To: <foia@nara.gov>

Nat'l Archives & Records Admin
FOIA Office
Room 3110
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740

January 7, 2022

This is a follow up to request number RF-741:

I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it
be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or
hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino

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On Nov. 26, 2021:
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it
be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or
hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino
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Dear Tino Von Struckmann <requests@muckrock.com>,
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On Nov. 8, 2021:
Subject: RF-741 Final Response
November 8, 2021

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

I am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request 65695 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration.

You requested access to RG 319, Digital IRR Files for Rudolf Schuster .

We completed a line-by-line review of the records you requested and
released information to the greatest extent possible. Below is a summary of
my review:

*Records Requested*

*Total Pages*

*Pages Released in Full*

*Pages Released in Part*

*Pages Withheld in Full*

164461

27

27

0

0

*The National Archives and Records Administration is closed to researcher
visits until further notice due to COVID-19*. Once the research rooms have
reopened, you or your designated representative may view the redacted file
at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland at no cost. To monitor
the status of the reopening of the National Archives at College Park to the
public, visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, *we are unable to send paper reproductions
or CDs with electronic reproductions, but you may order digital
reproductions of these records at the cost of 80 cents per page, which will
be delivered in electronic format via OneHub. Payment will only be accepted
by email to a secure inbox because the National Archives Trust Fund is
currently unable to process payments by phone, fax, or mail. If you would
like to order reproduction copies, please email our office at
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov and we will send you a price quote and ordering
instructions. A mailing/billing address is required to generate a price
quote, so please include that information with your reproduction request.

If you are not satisfied with my action on this request, you have the right
to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the
date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be delivered by
regular U.S. mail or by email. By filing an appeal, you preserve your
rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by email, please send it to foia@nara.gov
,
addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA Appeal” in the
subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. All communications concerning this request should
reference your FOIA tracking number.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),
the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, for assistance. OGIS offers mediation
services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal
agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Email: ogis@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/ogis

Phone: 202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions
concerning my review, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Jermaine Scott

Archives Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

jermaine.scott@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia
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On Aug. 12, 2021:
Subject: Re: [21-31930] Freedom of Information Act Request - Tino Von
Struckmann
Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

This is in further response to your FOIA request 21-31930 regarding for
records related to SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German) especially
his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before and during
his trial in Poland after WW2. Additionally any and all files and
references to this man that were created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements. Your request was received in our office on May 7,
2021. An interim response was provided to you on May 12, 2021.

We have reviewed the series identified in the interim response that was
sent to you, Records of United States Army, Europe (Record Group 549) Entry
A1 2223 - Index to War Crimes Case Files. Unfortunately Rudolf Schuster was
not listed in this index.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attached enclosure.

This concludes the processing of your request.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Zoumbaris
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD
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On May 2, 2021:
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: WW2 War crimes testimony of
SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (National Archives and Records
Administration)
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German)
especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before
and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any and all
files and references to this man created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform
me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer
the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or
CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

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Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

This email is in regards to your request for a status update concerning
your Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) under FOIA tracking number *RD
65965*, formerly assigned temporary tracking number RF-741.

The processing of your case was completed by Archives Specialist Jermaine
Scott, and a response was sent to you on November 8, 2021 regarding the
results of the review. His letter states that after a line-by-line review
of the Digital IRR files found for Rudolf Schuster, that the record will be
released to you in full. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to
send paper reproductions or CDs with electronic reproductions*. However,
you may order digital reproductions at the cost of 80 cents per page, which
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Special Access & FOIA Program (RF)
National Archives at College Park

From: National Archives and Records Administration

RE: Referred to Special Access and FOIA, re: Status Update Request RF-741 case
number

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 111937
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Muckrock News:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) status
update request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
via foia@nara.gov. We received your request on February 7, 2022. In your
request, you requested an update on case RF-741.

We have forwarded your request to our *Office of Research Services, Textual
Reference (RR2RR)* staff who handle FOIA requests for archival records. Textual
Reference will assign you a new tracking number and respond directly to
you. In the future, if you need to follow up with that office, please
contact them at the address below, or electronically via email (email is
preferred).

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below. *In the future, you
may submit any new requests or status update requests for FBI files
directly to** Special Access and FOIA at their email address above.*

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Wanda Williams
Deputy FOIA Officer/Archivist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-0773 work direct
wanda.williams@nara.gov

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 7, 2022 at 1:01 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
To: <foia@nara.gov>
Cc: <foia@nara.gov>, <specialaccess_foia@nara.gov>

Nat'l Archives & Records Admin
FOIA Office
Room 3110
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740

February 7, 2022

This is a follow up to request number RF-741:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request,
copied below, and originally submitted on May 4, 2021. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response. You had assigned it reference
number #RF-741.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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DEPT MR 111937
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Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
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On Jan. 7, 2022:
Subject: Fwd: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
RE: Referred to Special Access and FOIA, re: Status Update Request RF-741
case number

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 111937
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Muckrock News:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) status
update request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
via foia@nara.gov. We received your request on January 7, 2022. In your
request, you requested an update on case RF-741.

We have forwarded your request to our *Office of Research Services, Textual
Reference (RR2RR)* staff who handle FOIA requests for archival records.
Textual
Reference will assign you a new tracking number and respond directly to
you. In the future, if you need to follow up with that office, please
contact them at the address below, or electronically via email (email is
preferred).

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below. *In the future, you
may submit any new requests for FBI files directly to** Special Access and
FOIA at their email address above.*

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Wanda Williams
Deputy FOIA Officer/Archivist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 7, 2022 at 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
To: <foia@nara.gov>

Nat'l Archives & Records Admin
FOIA Office
Room 3110
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740

January 7, 2022

This is a follow up to request number RF-741:

I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it
be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or
hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino

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On Nov. 29, 2021:
Subject: FOIAonline Password Changed
Dear Tino Von Struckmann <requests@muckrock.com>,
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On Nov. 26, 2021:
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it
be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or
hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino
---

On Nov. 9, 2021:
Subject: FOIAonline Password Changed
Dear Tino Von Struckmann <requests@muckrock.com>,
Your password has been updated per your request. You can change your
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On Nov. 8, 2021:
Subject: RF-741 Final Response
November 8, 2021

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

I am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request 65695 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration.

You requested access to RG 319, Digital IRR Files for Rudolf Schuster .

We completed a line-by-line review of the records you requested and
released information to the greatest extent possible. Below is a summary of
my review:

*Records Requested*

*Total Pages*

*Pages Released in Full*

*Pages Released in Part*

*Pages Withheld in Full*

164461

27

27

0

0

*The National Archives and Records Administration is closed to researcher
visits until further notice due to COVID-19*. Once the research rooms have
reopened, you or your designated representative may view the redacted file
at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland at no cost. To monitor
the status of the reopening of the National Archives at College Park to the
public, visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, *we are unable to send paper reproductions
or CDs with electronic reproductions, but you may order digital
reproductions of these records at the cost of 80 cents per page, which will
be delivered in electronic format via OneHub. Payment will only be accepted
by email to a secure inbox because the National Archives Trust Fund is
currently unable to process payments by phone, fax, or mail. If you would
like to order reproduction copies, please email our office at
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov and we will send you a price quote and ordering
instructions. A mailing/billing address is required to generate a price
quote, so please include that information with your reproduction request.

If you are not satisfied with my action on this request, you have the right
to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the
date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be delivered by
regular U.S. mail or by email. By filing an appeal, you preserve your
rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by email, please send it to foia@nara.gov
,
addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA Appeal” in the
subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. All communications concerning this request should
reference your FOIA tracking number.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),
the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, for assistance. OGIS offers mediation
services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal
agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Email: ogis@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/ogis

Phone: 202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions
concerning my review, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Jermaine Scott

Archives Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

jermaine.scott@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia
---

On Aug. 12, 2021:
Subject: Re: [21-31930] Freedom of Information Act Request - Tino Von
Struckmann
Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

This is in further response to your FOIA request 21-31930 regarding for
records related to SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German) especially
his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before and during
his trial in Poland after WW2. Additionally any and all files and
references to this man that were created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements. Your request was received in our office on May 7,
2021. An interim response was provided to you on May 12, 2021.

We have reviewed the series identified in the interim response that was
sent to you, Records of United States Army, Europe (Record Group 549) Entry
A1 2223 - Index to War Crimes Case Files. Unfortunately Rudolf Schuster was
not listed in this index.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attached enclosure.

This concludes the processing of your request.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Zoumbaris
Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)
National Archives at College Park, MD
---

On May 2, 2021:
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: WW2 War crimes testimony of
SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (National Archives and Records
Administration)
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German)
especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before
and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any and all
files and references to this man created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform
me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer
the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or
CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

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https://www.muckrock.com/

If prompted for a passcode, please enter:
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E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 111937
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

---

On Nov. 29, 2021:
Subject: FOIAonline Password Changed
Dear Tino Von Struckmann <requests@muckrock.com>,
Your password has been updated per your request. You can change your
password in the future from your
profile page.
If you believe you received this email in error or need additional
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foia.help@epa.gov)
Thank you!
FOIAonline Team (mailto:foia.help@epa.gov)
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On Nov. 26, 2021:
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #RF-741
I understand some of the documents I requested have been released. Would it
be possibly to have a quote as to the cost of having them sent digitally or
hard copy. and also as to what condition they may be in.
thank you
tino
---

On Nov. 9, 2021:
Subject: FOIAonline Password Changed
Dear Tino Von Struckmann <requests@muckrock.com>,
Your password has been updated per your request. You can change your
password in the future from your
profile page.
If you believe you received this email in error or need additional
assistance, please contact the FOIAonline Help Desk. (mailto:
foia.help@epa.gov)
Thank you!
FOIAonline Team (mailto:foia.help@epa.gov)
---

On Nov. 8, 2021:
Subject: RF-741 Final Response
November 8, 2021

Dear Tino Von Struckmann:

I am writing in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request 65695 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration.

You requested access to RG 319, Digital IRR Files for Rudolf Schuster .

We completed a line-by-line review of the records you requested and
released information to the greatest extent possible. Below is a summary of
my review:

*Records Requested*

*Total Pages*

*Pages Released in Full*

*Pages Released in Part*

*Pages Withheld in Full*

164461

27

27

0

0

*The National Archives and Records Administration is closed to researcher
visits until further notice due to COVID-19*. Once the research rooms have
reopened, you or your designated representative may view the redacted file
at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland at no cost. To monitor
the status of the reopening of the National Archives at College Park to the
public, visit https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, *we are unable to send paper reproductions
or CDs with electronic reproductions, but you may order digital
reproductions of these records at the cost of 80 cents per page, which will
be delivered in electronic format via OneHub. Payment will only be accepted
by email to a secure inbox because the National Archives Trust Fund is
currently unable to process payments by phone, fax, or mail. If you would
like to order reproduction copies, please email our office at
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov and we will send you a price quote and ordering
instructions. A mailing/billing address is required to generate a price
quote, so please include that information with your reproduction request.

If you are not satisfied with my action on this request, you have the right
to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the
date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be delivered by
regular U.S. mail or by email. By filing an appeal, you preserve your
rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “FOIA
Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by email, please send it to foia@nara.gov
,
addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA Appeal” in the
subject line. If you exercise your right to appeal, please explain why you
believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. All communications concerning this request should
reference your FOIA tracking number.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),
the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, for assistance. OGIS offers mediation
services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal
agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Email: ogis@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/ogis

Phone: 202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions
concerning my review, please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Jermaine Scott

Archives Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

jermaine.scott@nara.gov

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia
---

On May 2, 2021:
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: WW2 War crimes testimony of
SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (National Archives and Records
Administration)
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

I am requesting all files of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Schuster, (German)
especially his complete war crimes testimony and statements given before
and during his trial in Poland after WW2. Also I am requesting any and all
files and references to this man created by allied intelligence and
generated by the ARMY, CIC or OSS. Including drawings, photos and records
of verbal statements.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform
me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer
the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or
CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Tino Von Struckmann

View request history, upload responsive documents, and report problems here:
https://www.muckrock.com/

If prompted for a passcode, please enter:
••••••••

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 111937
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

Wanda Williams
Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist
Office of General Counsel (NGC)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland, 20740-6001
301-837-0773 voice mail
301-875-3028 cell
wanda.williams@nara.gov

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