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E-Newsletter for August 2020

Dear Friend,

Welcome to The Wiener Holocaust Library's e-newsletter for August 2020.

Please see below for a statement from the Library's Director, Dr Toby Simpson, on the prevalence of antisemitism on social media platforms and on the evidence of human rights abuses being committed against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, China.

This month we are delighted to announce that the Library will be opening our new exhibition Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust to the public on Thursday 6 August. Please note that restrictions apply due to the Covid-19 crisis. See below for further details.

We are delighted to announce that a version of our exhibition, Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti, is being launched online by the United Nations; we also share an exclusive Forgotten Victims exhibition blog written by Professor Eve Rosenhaft; an opportunity to catch up on recent virtual talks and more.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we continue to send our very best wishes to you all.

Kind regards,

The Wiener Holocaust Library

Social media platforms must do more to deal with antisemitic abuse

The failure of Twitter and Instagram to deal with antisemitic abuse published on their platforms sadly comes as no surprise. Last week, Wiley, a well-known musician, shared Holocaust denial and racist messages to his hundreds of thousands of followers. These messages were left online for far too long, given their obviously hateful content and intent. 

In response to this, the Library participated in a 48-hour social media walkout in an effort to call out platforms to act now to prevent messages of hate from being posted and shared. 

We are pleased to learn that Wiley has now been permanently banned from Twitter. In future, mainstream social media platforms must do better in dealing with antisemitism, Holocaust denial and other forms of hate speech. 

Statement on the evidence of human rights abuses being committed against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, China

Statement from the Library’s Director Toby Simpson on the evidence of human rights abuses being committed against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, China:

We are gravely concerned by reports of human rights abuses against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, China, including accounts of crimes of genocide.

As Britain's largest repository of evidence of the Holocaust and other genocides, The Wiener Holocaust Library will continue to use our platform to draw attention to this issue and to amplify the voices of victims.

We join the Bar Human Rights Committee, the Board of Deputies, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and other institutions in urging governments to take steps to bring an end to any ongoing violations of international law.

Please visit our website to read the statement in full and to view some of our suggested further reading.

Visit the René Cassin website to find out what further action you can take.

Read the full statement
Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust
Exhibition to open on Thursday 6 August

We are delighted to announce that the Library's new exhibition Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust will open to the public on Thursday 6 August 2020.

We are initially reopening with reduced opening times (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am – 3pm), and only allowing those with pre-booked appointments to view the exhibition. Visit our website for further information on bookings.

We are also reopening with a range of new health and safety measures, please visit our website for more details. The safety and wellbeing of all our staff and visitors is of paramount importance.

We continue to monitor Government guidelines and advice, and as such, our regulations are under constant review and might change at short notice. In visiting us you agree to abide by our safety measures. 

We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. We will continue to keep you updated via our website and Twitter

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Library soon!

Staff working to install the latest exhibition Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust at The Wiener Holocaust Library.

In this short video, Senior Curator and Head of Education, Dr Barbara Warnock, highlights some of the Library’s unique archival collections that tell the story of the Jewish men and women who, as the Holocaust unfolded around them, and at great risk to themselves, resisted the Nazis and their collaborators.

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"The idea there wasn't any resistance is false."
Untold stories of Jewish resistance revealed in London Holocaust exhibition

The Library is delighted that The Guardian has featured news of our new exhibition, Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust. Exhibition curator, Dr Barbara Warnock, spoke with journalist Caroline Davies about some of the unique archival collections that will be on show, highlighting the remarkable, and sometimes overlooked, story of Jewish resistance. 

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Postal delivery service from The Wiener Holocaust Library

If you are a Member, or Friend, of the Library, we can send books out to your address via Royal Mail Special Delivery. Members can borrow up to six books from the lending stock for up to nine weeks. Post and packaging will be chargeable. When the return date approaches, we will get in touch with you to discuss options whether that is returning your books to the Library via Royal Mail or dropping them off either on Tuesdays or Thursdays when the Library is open.

More information on membership can be found here. New members will need to submit a scan or photograph of two separate forms of identification. 

If you are interested in this service, please contact info@wienerlibrary.co.uk and state in your subject Postal Delivery Service. Please include your full name, address, a contact number, whether you are an existing or new Member, or Friend, and the six books you would like to receive. Your request is only approved when you receive an email confirmation.

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United Nations launches online version of 'Forgotten Victims'

To mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, The Wiener Holocaust Library are delighted to announce that a version of our exhibition, Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti, is being launched online by the United Nations.

If you would like to join us at the virtual launch event, please register here.

Online exhibition
The Wiener Holocaust Library Blog
The Photographer as Implicated Subject – Hanns Weltzel

August, a Sinti boy (centre), photographed by Hanns Weltzel, Germany, c. 1933-1937. One of the other children was likely called Sonja Laúbinger. August and Sonja died in Auschwitz, as almost certainly did the other child. Courtesy of University of Liverpool Library.

What links all of the objects and images in The Wiener Holocaust Library’s exhibition, Forgotten Victims – The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti is the fact of the persecution of Roma and Sinti all over Europe: by the Nazi state in Germany, by the German authorities in occupied territories, and by governments and police agencies which were neither German nor acting under compulsion by Germans. Four of the items on display, documenting the situation and fate of German Sinti, are intimately connected to each other; their connection carries an important message about responsibility and mutual respect – and about how genocide happens.

Three of the items are photographs.

(L) Kurt Ansin, c. 1940. Bundesarchiv, Bild R 165-88. 

(R) The visit of three Sinti women, including Erna Lauenburger (first left), to Hanns Weltzel’s house. Weltzel’s wife, Klara, is pictured left, c. mid-1930s. Courtesy of University of Liverpool Library, Hanns Weltzel.

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Upcoming events
Thursday 10 September, 7-8pm
Online Book Launch: 'Survivors: Children's Lives after the Holocaust'

The Wiener Holocaust Library is delighted to launch Dr Rebecca Clifford's new book, Survivors: Children's Lives after the Holocaust. In this beautifully written account, Rebecca Clifford follows the lives of one hundred Jewish children out of the ruins of conflict through their adulthood and into old age.

Thursday 17 September, 7-8pm
From the Ghetto Underground to a Partisan Warfare: Jewish Resistance in the Second World War

During the Holocaust, young Jews founded clandestine groups and organised undergrounds in ghettos in order to resist the Nazis. In this talk, Daniela Ozacky Stern aims to discuss this unique chapter in the Jewish occurrence during the Second World War.

The Wiener Holocaust Library Blog

Why not check out the Library's blog? Read staff articles, past book reviews, guest posts and more. 

Library Blog
Recent virtual events at the Library
8 July 2020
Hitler’s Jewish Refugees in Portugal

The Library was delighted to host an in-conversation with Professor Marion Kaplan and Elhanan Diesendruck, led by Dr Daniel Lee, about the dramatic experiences of Jewish refugees who fled the Nazi regime and who lived in limbo in Portugal until they could reach safer havens abroad.

22 July 2020
A Virtual conversation: 'Race Science' and Eugenics

In this online discussion, Angela Saini, Professor Marius Turda and Dr Joe Mulhall explored the history of 'race science' and eugenics, and its connections to nationalist, far-right and fascist politics in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The Wiener Holocaust Library on YouTube
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Did you know that the Library has a YouTube channel? While in lockdown why don't you have a browse through some of the Library's past events? Includes book talks, curator talks and more.

Russell Wallis: British POWs and the Holocaust

Supposedly shrouded in secrecy, the Jews of Europe were being persecuted and killed. It is widely assumed that British POWs saw little of this, with only a handful witnessing anything at all. In fact, captured Britons saw and understood a great deal more than anyone has so far realised. This talk explores their story.

Watch in full
The Controversy Around the Man Who Tried to Stop the Holocaust

In this 2017 talk, Dr Helena Duffy presented on the heated debate surrounding Yannick Haenel's controversial take on the story of Jan Karski, whilst evaluating the French writer's contribution to preserving the legacy of the Polish resister and, more broadly, the memory of Holocaust victims.

Watch in full
Generation 2 Generation upcoming events

To register your interest for either of the below events please email Lesley Urbach

Tuesday 11 August 2020
Holocaust Education Presentation and Q&A

Long-standing Second Generation Network member Vera Bernstein, now also a member of Generation 2 Generation, will share her family's Holocaust history. Vera will answer questions on her own experience of providing Holocaust education.

Pictured: Vera’s mother, Alice Svarin, was born in a market town in central Slovakia, under the Lower Tatras.

Thursday 10 September 2020
Family Wohl, an ordinary German, Jewish Family

Lesley Urbach will tell the story of her mother's German-Jewish family and their lives before and after the Nazis came to power. She will focus on her mother and aunt's journey to England on the Kindertransport and what happened to their parents left behind in Germany.

Pictured: Ulli and Eva Wohl, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport at the ages of 13 and 16 in December 1938.

Have you participated in a community project about the Holocaust?

Leah Sidebotham is the Digital Asset Manager at The Wiener Holocaust Library and is currently completing an MA at King’s College London. Her research focuses on projects which collect material on different aspects of the Holocaust but aren’t organised by traditional archives like The Wiener Holocaust Library, USHMM or Yad Vashem.

Examples of community projects include:

  • Kitchener Camp Descendants Group
  • AJR Refugee Voices
  • Harwich Haven
  • Roma Stories
  • Lake District Holocaust Project
  • Warth Mills Project

She is particularly keen on finding out what motivated you to participate in the project, whether you have been involved in other heritage/archiving projects, how you think official archives can better support community projects like these and your views on Holocaust memorialisation more generally.

If you have contributed to any of the above projects or anything similar, she would be very grateful if you would share your views in this survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to do so.

You can also get in touch via email.

Take the survey now
DialoguePerspectives - Call for Applications

DialoguePerspectives develops and establishes new and innovative forms of interfaith-worldview dialogue. Its mission is to meaningfully contribute to European understanding and collaboration, to the strengthening and defence of European civil society, and to the shaping of a pluralistic and democratic Europe grounded in the principle of solidarity.

Since 2015, more than 200 students and doctoral candidates of diverse religious and worldview orientations have come together through the programme. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, the program has been extended to a European platform for training future leaders in academia, culture, politics, and business to become experts in a new, societally-oriented interfaith-worldview dialogue.

The participants reflect the religious, political, and societal plurality of European society. They incorporate their diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a fertile ground for exchange, finding an urgently necessary space for encounter, exchange, and dialogue at DialoguePerspectives. 

Deadline for participation in the first seminar ends on 15 August 2020.

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