1933 Director Hugo Schauinsland was sent into retirement by the National Socialists. Throughout the following years: professional banning for curators on the basis of "racial law"
1935 "Deutsches Kolonial- und ?bersee-Museum" (German colonial and overseas-museum)
1939 Housing big parts of collections in store rooms, as well as the destruction through war, made it neccessary closing the museum to the public. Valuable exhibits and groups were destroyed, loss of big parts of the documentation