The Library is now open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm.
Visitors no longer need to pre-book to visit the Library’s Reading Room or exhibition space.
We will continue to ask all visitors to wear a face covering and to observe social distancing whilst in the building.
We are closely monitoring the situation with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and, as such, our regulations are under constant review and might change at short notice. The safety and wellbeing of all our staff and visitors are of paramount importance and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this uncertain time.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Library soon!
30 November - 7 December 2021
The Library is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge
We are pleased to announce the Library will once again be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest online match funding campaign. Last year was our first time participating, and it was a huge success for us, enabling us to raise vital funds during a challenging time.
This year we aim to raise £15,000 towards the digitisation and preservation of the Library's unique archive. You can find out why reaching this goal is so important through our campaign page.
All donations we receive during the campaign will be doubled through pledged funds, meaning your donation will have twice the impact for the Library.
Please save the dates of the campaign in your diary, 12pm 30 November to 12pm 7 December.
In the past five years, the Library has undergone major transformation and expansion. Our digital collections have grown dramatically and our outreach and research activities have also expanded.
The new Head of Collections will provide strategic vision in a role where digital technology, digitised archive materials, web and social media marketing and outreach and research activities are closely integrated with collections work.
The Library’s Head of Collections will need to support, sustain and shape the growth of the Library’s collections accordingly, both physical and digital.
The Head of Collections is responsible for the management, development and preservation of all collections at The Wiener Holocaust Library and making them accessible to readers. The objectives are to be reached within the framework of the Library’s management structure and strategic goals.
The deadline for all applications is Friday 3 December at 5.30pm.
This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe
6 October 2021 - 4 February 2022
On Wednesday 6 October, the Library hosted a talk to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition. It was wonderful to have an in-person event at the Library and we especially would like to thank our speakers: Dr Roland Clark, exhibition co-curator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool; Professor Matthew Feldman who is Director at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and Dame Margaret Hodge MP, for leading such thoughtful reflections.
Dame Margaret Hodge MP shared her struggles against the British National Party (BNP) in her constituency of Barking.
Exhibiting Fascism: Exploring the Allure of Radicalism
Pictured above: A group of Romanian fascist women saluting, c. 1935. Wearing makeshift uniforms and doing the ‘Roman’ salute, these women participated in a summer work camp where they would have served as cooks for men who were doing heavier physical labour. National Archives of Romania.
In recent months, I have had the privilege of helping curate an exhibition,This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe, which is running from October 2021 to February 2022 at the Library. Just as the Science Museum’s new show, Our Future Planet, promises to inspire us to become climate activists and more and more museums are trying to “decolonize” their offering by exposing how imperialism shaped their collections and our society as a whole, This Fascist Life aims to help visitors understand the radical right in order to combat it.
You’ve probably seen Nazi flags, war medals and photos of Benito Mussolini before, but that is not what this exhibition is all about. Rather than focus on fascist regimes, with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich taking pride of place as the epitome of all evil, This Fascist Life focuses on fascist movements — radical-right groups that rarely seized power but nonetheless encouraged mainstream politicians to adopt racist and chauvinistic policies, transforming city streets into arenas of fighting and bloodshed.
Participants in this two-day event series will discover the history of a little-known archive, the International Tracing Service (now called the Arolsen Archives), created to find missing people after the Holocaust. Hosted at the Linen Hall Library, the programme will include a pop-up exhibition; a lecture and discussion with the co-curators Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt; as well as a hands-on family research workshop offering opportunities to explore the expertise and resources of The Wiener Holocaust Library and the Linen Hall Library.
We invite historians, family historians, heritage practitioners and anyone interested in the history of the Second World War, the Holocaust and its aftermath to participate and reflect on the legacies of confronting difficult histories, both on the personal and broader, historical level.
Thursday 11 November, 7 – 8.30pm
Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust
This event will explore the history of the ITS and what it reveals about the Second World War helps provide context for research, both family and academic, within the archive itself. The discussion will include themes raised by the exhibition, including war, migration, rupture, survival and victimhood.
Recovering the Personal in Difficult Histories: A Family Research Workshop
Learn how to take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the ITS archive of the Linen Hall Library’s resources. This workshop will provide a demonstration of the ITS archive and a skills workshop as well as the opportunity for short, one-on-one consultations with the panellists.
This letter was written to the Home Office by the internees of the Hay Internment Camp in Australia on 12 November 1941 appealing against their imprisonment.
New Travelling Exhibitions Available To Borrow
The Library is delighted to announce that we have three new additions to our selection of travelling exhibitions. Our travelling exhibitions are suitable for schools, community centres, synagogues, churches and other venues. The exhibitions are Dr Wiener’s Library, a new exhibition tracing the history of the Library in the context of the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust; Fate Unknown, based upon the Library’s 2019 temporary exhibition exploring the history of the International Tracing Service, and “We Are Not Alone”: Legacies of Eugenics, first launched at the Library in September 2021.
Please note that Dr Wiener’s Library will be officially launched on 12 January 2022 and available to borrow from 17 January. Fate Unknown will be available to borrow from late November 2021: further information will follow on our website about this exhibition.
Other exhibitions available to borrow from the Library include 1000 Kisses: Stories of the Kindertransport; Pogrom- November 1938, and Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue.
Virtual Exhibition Talk: “The Mussolini of the North”: A Transnational Look at Finnish Interwar Fascism
In this virtual lecture, Marja Jalava will follow the transnational turn within the broader field of fascist studies by focusing on the Lapua Movement and the Patriotic People’s Movement as Finnish manifestations of a European-wide, transnational mobilisation.
Being Human 2021 – Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust
This is an in-person event taking place at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. A pop-up exhibition, drinks reception and talks on the history of the collection and the search for the missing after the Second World War. The discussion will include themes raised by the exhibition, including war, migration, rupture, survival and victimhood.
Being Human 2021 – Recovering the Personal in Difficult Histories: A Family Research Workshop
This is an in-person event taking place at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. This workshop will provide a demonstration of the ITS archive and a skills workshop as well as the opportunity for short one-on-one consultations. Participants can navigate the ITS archive partially from their mobile devices and are invited to bring with them their family trees and research questions.
Exhibition Lecture: Studying Fascist Movements Across Interwar Europe
In this in-person talk, This Fascist Life exhibition co-curators, Roland Clark and Tim Grady, will explore what people meant by fascism from a variety of countries, offering a new way of thinking about what fascism was in interwar Europe.
Second Annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial Lecture: Holocaust History Under Siege
Tickets (both in-person and virtual) are available for the second annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial Lecture at the Museum of London. Professor Jan Grabowski will discuss how scholars of the Holocaust find themselves confronted with the hostile reactions of various states pursuing the policies of Holocaust distortion.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: In the archive with Lotte Eisner: how she solved the problem of ‘Maria’ (the robot)
In this Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea talk, Julia Eisner talks about visibility in the archive and its consequences, with a focus on Lotte Eisner, the well-known film historian and author of major retrospective studies of Weimar cinema.
This virtual talk, aimed at GCSE and A-Level students will utilise sources from the Library’s unique archive to examine the Nazi rise to power. It will explore the aftermath of the First World War, the role of the Weimar Republic, the early years of the Nazi Party formation and how the Nazis ultimately consolidated their power.
Virtual Teacher Workshop: Life Before the Holocaust
This virtual workshop, aimed at British secondary school teachers and educators, will use a variety of sources from the Library’s archive to explore the diversity of life in Europe before the Holocaust.
RESCHEDULED: Virtual Panel: The Problems of Genocide
To celebrate the recent publication of The Problems of Genocide, the Library will be hosting a virtual panel to explore the themes outlined and considered in this major new work. Speakers include author Dirk Moses and guest speaker Christine Achinger. The event will be chaired by Professor Philippe Sands.
Exhibition Talk: The Radicalising Impact of the Fascist Past: Emotive Memories of Nazism and Fascism in Contemporary Extreme Right Politics
As part of the Library’s This Fascist Life exhibition series, Professor Paul Jackson will explore how the extreme right today, in Britain and internationally, often takes a deep interest in the fascist past. This is an in-person event at the Library.
Virtual Panel Discussion: Antisemitism, Race and Violence in the Russian Empire
As part of the Library's Racism, Antisemitism, Colonialism and Genocide event series, this talk will consider the significance of racism and antisemitism in Imperial Russia and will examine the legacies of acts of ethnic mass violence during the Russian Civil War and in Nazi Germany.
Virtual Book Launch: Musicians’ Exile in Shanghai, 1938–1949
In this virtual lecture, Sophie Fetthauer presented her recently published book which explores the experiences of the musicians who fled Nazi persecution in Germany and Austria to Shanghai from 1938 to 1949.
The renowned UK Jewish Film Festival returns this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary edition. Taking place 4–18 November 2021, in cinemas and online, discover a spectacular range of films from around the world exploring Jewish and Israeli life, history and culture that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.
This year’s stellar festival programme features 29 feature-length and over 30 short films from across the globe, each offering extraordinary and gripping storytelling, and exploring important contemporary issues such as immigration and antisemitism.
Demands upon the Library continue to increase as we face rising antisemitism, racism, distortion and denial of the Holocaust and genocide. We need to continue our important work to ensure our Collections are put to the best possible use and to the service of the future.
Becoming a member is a powerful way you can support us in working towards our wider mission. In return, you can enjoy our exclusive member benefits and know that you are playing a significant role in the future success of the Library.