The Wiener Holocaust Library

The Wiener Holocaust Library The Wiener Holocaust Library is Britain's Holocaust library and archive. Free events and exhibitions at www.wienerholocaustlibrary.org/events.
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The Wiener Holocaust Library is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and N**i era. The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published books, official documents, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. It provides a resource to oppose antisemitism and other forms of prejudice and racism. Tours of the exhibition, archive and Wolfson Reading Room are offered every Tuesday at 1pm.

A new film,  , explores the story of Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued 669 children from Prague on   to the UK. Our latest...
02/01/2024

A new film, , explores the story of Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued 669 children from Prague on to the UK.

Our latest Staff Blog looks at some of the unique collections from those who were rescued which have been donated to our archive:

A new film released on the 1 January 2024 explores the life of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who rescued 669 mainly Jewish children from N**i-occupied Czechoslovakia who were at risk of being murdered during the Holocaust. Within our archive there are several unique collections that rev...

๐ŸŽ   ๐ŸŽOur programme of exhibitions brings some of the over one million items in our archive, including photographs, lette...
02/12/2023

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Our programme of exhibitions brings some of the over one million items in our archive, including photographs, letters, and eyewitness testimony, to the wider public.

By donating to the Library this week, you will be helping us to put our collections at the service of public awareness, education and the wider good.

From now until 5 December your donations are match-funded through the Big Give, so will go even further to support our vital work.

๐Ÿ”— Donate this by clicking the link in our bio!

๐ŸŽ   ๐ŸŽOver the last ninety years, our work has only been possible because of the generous support we have received from i...
01/12/2023

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Over the last ninety years, our work has only been possible because of the generous support we have received from individuals and organisations through donation, grants and legacies.

From now until 5 December your donations are match-funded through the Big Give, so will go even further to support our vital work.

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๐ŸŽ   ๐ŸŽOur Outreach Coordinator, Yasmin, sees first-hand what sharing our valuable collections with the public can achieve...
30/11/2023

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Our Outreach Coordinator, Yasmin, sees first-hand what sharing our valuable collections with the public can achieve. On any given day this may include hosting events, sharing travelling exhibitions, welcoming people from different communities to the Library, and working with our team of volunteers to increase the accessibility of our collections.

Our outreach programmes are underpinned by the vital evidence in our holdings. With your support this week we can invest further in increasing access to and engagement with the remarkable collections in our archive.

This will help us to continue to build public awareness of this period of history and counter narratives of denial and distortion.

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๐ŸŽ   ๐ŸŽThis year our Periodicals Librarian and Project Cataloguer, Madeleine, has been uncovering and cataloguing the Libr...
29/11/2023

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This year our Periodicals Librarian and Project Cataloguer, Madeleine, has been uncovering and cataloguing the Library's art collection. This framed portrait was painted in the Thereseinstadt ghetto.

Our Collections team uses their expertise to work to conserve valuable objects and documents in order that they survive for future generations.

By donating during the Big Give this week your generosity is doubled, meaning we can undertake even more vital work to put our unique collections at the service of the future.

Donate now: https://buff.ly/3RcvljN

Weโ€™re launching our 2023 Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign on the 28th November. This year weโ€™re asking our friends ...
23/11/2023

Weโ€™re launching our 2023 Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign on the 28th November.

This year weโ€™re asking our friends and supporters to help us raise ยฃ45,000 so we can continue to be a world-leading Holocaust archive, offering valuable resources for education, ground-breaking research, and vital public engagement.

Over the last ninety years, our work has only been possible because of the generous support we have received from individuals and organisations through donations to help us grow as an institution and care for our vital collections.

Keep an eye out for the campaign going live, and for one week only your donations will be matched. Visit the link below to donate when the campaign commences...

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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12/11/2023
We've been overwhelmed with messages of support over the last few days, and have received many generous donations.We've ...
06/11/2023

We've been overwhelmed with messages of support over the last few days, and have received many generous donations.

We've launched a fundraiser to make it simpler for people to make a donation that will go directly to helping us care for our collections.

We are a charity dependant on the generosity of our supporters to be able to continue our vital work.

Thank you to everyone who has offered warm words of encouragement for our mission in the wake of this sad incident, we're so grateful to all of you.

Help the Wiener Holocaust Library to preserve its collectionsYour support will allow us to care for our unique and important collections of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimonies from the the Holocaust, the N**i era and...

๐Ÿ“ง Our November newsletter is out now! ๐Ÿ“งRead the latest edition via our website, and make sure you subscribe to receive o...
02/11/2023

๐Ÿ“ง Our November newsletter is out now! ๐Ÿ“ง

Read the latest edition via our website, and make sure you subscribe to receive our updates:

Read past editions of our E-Newsletter and Annual Reviews.

A call for unity against hate.Read our Director's response to the concerning proliferation of antisemitism, prejudice an...
01/11/2023

A call for unity against hate.

Read our Director's response to the concerning proliferation of antisemitism, prejudice and hatred we have witnessed during this period of renewed violence.

The Wiener Holocaust Library's Director responds to a proliferation of prejudice and hatred in the wake of renewed conflict in the Middle East.

31/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ง The first week of every month we collate exciting news from the Library and send it directly to your inbox ๐Ÿ“ง

Each edition may include news of recent acquisitions, forthcoming exhibitions and events, or updates from our outreach programme

Subscribe to receive the November e-newsletter now:

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We're delighted that our Fourth Annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial lecture will take place at Gresham College on 22...
30/10/2023

We're delighted that our Fourth Annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial lecture will take place at Gresham College on 22 November.

This year Professor Sir Richard Evans will discuss the history and evolution of antisemitic conspiracy theories. He will address the history of antisemitic conspiracy since the Middle Ages, examine its nature and operation today, and consider its future development.

Register to attend online or in person now: https://buff.ly/3s5VvuZ

Our   Programme, designed to support schools, universities, students and teachers, has expanded and evolved significantl...
27/10/2023

Our Programme, designed to support schools, universities, students and teachers, has expanded and evolved significantly over the last decade

We now reach more teachers and students than ever before, with our unique collections forming the foundations of the programme.

Over the past year, we have delivered 50 education sessions, reaching 1,319 students and 157 teachers and educators across 45 educational institutions

Find out what we can do for your school group, and discover our forthcoming free education workshops:

We have an active outreach programme for the public, for schools, and for scholars.

26/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข A new exhibition launches at the Library next week ๐Ÿ“ข

To mark the 85th Anniversary of the "Polenaktion" - the first mass expulsion of Jews from Germany by the N**i regime and an important stage on the route to the Holocaust - an exhibition about this crucial and often overlooked event will now be displayed in Britain for the first time.

On the 27 and 28 October 1938, 17,000 Jews with Polish citizenship were forced at gunpoint to cross the Eastern border of Germany into Poland by the orders of Reinhard Heydrich.

An often overlooked but historically crucial event, the expulsion led to the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris, which itself sparked the frenzied violence of .

The Polenaktion also necessitated three rescues of persecuted Jewish children.

The story of the Polenaktion allows us to reflect on current refugee crises. In 1938 over 17,000 people became refugees over the course of a weekend.

Alongside the wider history, this exhibition explores the personal and emotional stories for four families who were caught up in the tragedy. Hours before their expulsion, they had owned own businesses, were craftspeople or students. Afterwards, they were dependent on the help and solidarity of others.

Expelled! The History of the โ€œPolenaktionโ€, hosted at the Wiener Holocaust Library , marks the first time that this important moment in the history of the Shoah has been exhibited in Britain.

https://buff.ly/3LXpsUR

We're delighted to be partnering with Their Finest Hour for a Digital Collection Day at the Library!We're inviting peopl...
23/10/2023

We're delighted to be partnering with Their Finest Hour for a Digital Collection Day at the Library!

We're inviting people to bring their stories and artefacts relating to the Second World War, the N**i era and the Holocaust, as part of a nationwide campaign.

Stories about your familyโ€™s experiences โ€“ and associated objects such as diaries, letters, photos, medals, and journalsโ€“ will be recorded, digitised, and then uploaded to the Their Finest Hour online archive, which will be free-to-use from June 2024.

Find out more:

The Wiener Holocaust Library is looking for people to bring their stories and artefacts relating to the Second World War, the N**i era and/or the Holocaust to a โ€˜Digital Collection Dayโ€™ on Friday 10 November (10am - 3pm). The event is part of a nationwide campaign organised by Their Finest Hour,...

๐Ÿ“ข Invitation to tender! ๐Ÿ“ขWeโ€™ve just launched a new opportunity for a   to create a new set of visually appealing   that ...
19/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข Invitation to tender! ๐Ÿ“ข

Weโ€™ve just launched a new opportunity for a to create a new set of visually appealing that represent some of the most important aspects of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

The Library will undertake the historical research that will form the content of the maps and we are seeking bids from those who can produce clear, accessible and attractively designed historical maps based on this information.

Find out more:

The Wiener Holocaust Library invites tenders to produce at least seventeen digital maps to be used by the Library and on its educational website, The Holocaust Explained.

๐Ÿ“ข A new exhibition launches at the Library next week ๐Ÿ“ขTo mark the 85th Anniversary of the "Polenaktion" - the first mass...
17/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข A new exhibition launches at the Library next week ๐Ÿ“ข

To mark the 85th Anniversary of the "Polenaktion" - the first mass expulsion of Jews from Germany by the N**i regime and an important stage on the route to the Holocaust - an exhibition about this crucial and often overlooked event will now be displayed in Britain for the first time.

On the 27 and 28 October 1938, 17,000 Jews with Polish citizenship were forced at gunpoint to cross the Eastern border of Germany into Poland by the orders of Reinhard Heydrich.

An often overlooked but historically crucial event, the expulsion led to the assassination of a German diplomat in Paris, which itself sparked the frenzied violence of .

The Polenaktion also necessitated three rescues of persecuted Jewish children.

The story of the Polenaktion allows us to reflect on current refugee crises. In 1938 over 17,000 people became refugees over the course of a weekend.

Alongside the wider history, this exhibition explores the personal and emotional stories for four families who were caught up in the tragedy. Hours before their expulsion, they had owned own businesses, were craftspeople or students. Afterwards, they were dependent on the help and solidarity of others.

Expelled! The History of the โ€œPolenaktionโ€, hosted at the Wiener Holocaust Library , marks the first time that this important moment in the history of the Shoah has been exhibited in Britain.

https://buff.ly/3LXpsUR

๐Ÿ“ง Missed our October e-newsletter? ๐Ÿ“งIn this edition you can find out more about the launch of our new Fighting Antisemit...
16/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ง Missed our October e-newsletter? ๐Ÿ“ง

In this edition you can find out more about the launch of our new Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today online and travelling exhibitions in the Houses of Parliament. We are also delighted to present the latest exhibition at the Library that will launch at the end of this month, revealing the story of the "Polenaktion".

Catch up now:

In this newsletter, find out more about the launch of our new Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today online and travelling exhibitions in the Houses of Parliament. We are also delighted to present the latest exhibition at the Library that will launch at the end of this month, revealing the stor...

Our 90th anniversary exhibitions are coming to a close soon!Visit the Library before 20 October to see a selection of so...
12/10/2023

Our 90th anniversary exhibitions are coming to a close soon!

Visit the Library before 20 October to see a selection of some of the most significant items from our remarkable archive, and to explore the Wiener and Finkelstein family stories

To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Libraryโ€™s predecessor organisation in Amsterdam, the Library is staging two exciting new exhibitions: Highlights From the Archives and The Wiener Family Story

๐Ÿ“ข Invitation to tender! ๐Ÿ“ขWeโ€™ve just launched a new opportunity for a   to create a new set of visually appealing   that ...
10/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข Invitation to tender! ๐Ÿ“ข

Weโ€™ve just launched a new opportunity for a to create a new set of visually appealing that represent some of the most important aspects of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

The Wiener Holocaust Library will undertake the historical research that will form the content of the maps and we are seeking a digital cartographer who can produce clear, accessible and attractively designed historical maps based on this information.

Deadline for submissions is 3 November, and we look forward to reading the proposals!

The Wiener Holocaust Library invites tenders to produce at least seventeen digital maps to be used by the Library and on its educational website, The Holocaust Explained.

๐Ÿ“ข We run public archive tours every Tuesday at 2pm! ๐Ÿ“ขIf you're interested in a tour of our archive and Reading Room with...
09/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข We run public archive tours every Tuesday at 2pm! ๐Ÿ“ข

If you're interested in a tour of our archive and Reading Room with one of our knowledgeable volunteers simply show up just before 2 and we'll be delighted to introduce you to our collection

Every Tuesday from 2-3pm you will be able to join a free tour of the Library and Archive (no booking required).

Next week we're joined by Dr Laurien Vastenhout to explore the Holocaust in the Netherlands, and what is known as the 'D...
06/10/2023

Next week we're joined by Dr Laurien Vastenhout to explore the Holocaust in the Netherlands, and what is known as the 'Dutch paradox'.

Around three quarters (75%) of the Jews in the Netherlands were murdered during the Holocaust. Compared to Belgium (40%) and France (25%), this is by far the highest death rate in Western Europe.

Since the Netherlands is known for its supposed tradition of tolerance towards minorities, the question why so many Jews were deported and killed has occupied a central place in Dutch Holocaust historiography.

In this talk, Dr Laurien Vastenhout presents an explanatory framework for this so-called โ€˜Dutch paradoxโ€™. In doing so, she not only provides an insight into how the Holocaust unfolded in the Netherlands, but also address some persistent misconceptions about the role of the Jewish community leadership โ€“ specifically, the Dutch Jewish Council โ€“ in the process of isolation and deportation of the Jews during the German occupation.

Sign up now:

In this talk, Dr Laurien Vastenhout presents an explanatory framework for this so-called โ€˜Dutch paradoxโ€™. In doing so, she not only provides an insight into how the Holocaust unfolded in the Netherlands, but also address some persistent misconceptions about the role of the Jewish community leade...

This   check out one of our  , a selection of books by Thomas Mann, whose works were banned by the N**isMann's books wer...
05/10/2023

This check out one of our , a selection of books by Thomas Mann, whose works were banned by the N**is

Mann's books were also destroyed in mass burnings across Germany & Austria in 1933

Thomas Mann, recipient of the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature, was one of many authors whose works were prohibited by the N**i Party. Authors, living and dead, were placed on the list because of their Jewish descent, pacifist or communist sympathies or suspicion thereof, or because the subject matte...

๐Ÿ“ข This just in! ๐Ÿ“ขAfter a successful run at the Library, Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today returns as a new for...
04/10/2023

๐Ÿ“ข This just in! ๐Ÿ“ข

After a successful run at the Library, Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today returns as a new format online exhibition

The exhibition draws upon our archive to explore the fight against in France, Britain & Germany

The struggle against antisemitism since the late nineteenth century

04/10/2023

Last night, AJR Next Generations group were given exclusive access, behind the scenes of the incredible archive at The Wiener Holocaust Library. A great opportunity for the group to deepen their understanding of their cultural history and meet up with old friends and new. If you're interested in joining our growing group โ€“ please email [email protected] to join us for a drink and a chat at our next Stammtisch on Oct 11

04/10/2023

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(29.09.2023)

The Wiener Holocaust Library brought its Recovery & Repair: Supporting Jewish Family Histories of the Holocaust in Britain project to Glasgow.
The two-day event was hosted by the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre and Archives Centre, based in Garnethill Synagogue.
The Family History workshop helped participants conduct their own family research using the International Tracing Service digital archive, as well as highlighting other sources freely available online.
The workshop included presentations from local speakers Michael Tobias on the potential benefits of using DNA evidence for family research; Dr Angela Shapiro, who talked about the Gathering the Voices project; and Dr Irene Oโ€™Brien, who advised on how to carry out family research.
SJAC director Harvey Kaplan was on hand to assist with any queries that related to research on their collection.
Participants were also able to book free one-to-one consultations with The Wiener Holocaust Libraryโ€™s expert researchers Elise Bath and Dr Ian Rich.
There were also talks by the two curators of the Fate Unknown exhibition, Dr Christine Schmidt and Professor Dan Stone.
The session was chaired by Dr Mia Spiro, senior lecturer in modern Jewish culture and Holocaust studies at the University of Glasgow.
Participants also heard from Geraldine Shenkin, daughter of Holocaust survivor Marianne Grant, whose artworks and history are displayed in Glasgowโ€™s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Ms Bath hopes these events mark the beginning of increased collaboration between the Library and Glasgowโ€™s Jewish community.
She said: โ€œWe intend to return to Glasgow within the year to continue to build links with the community here.โ€

11/09/2023

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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm

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