We continue to closely monitor the situation with respect to the 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!
Exhibition now open
Death Marches: Evidence and Memory
“The real suffering started then. After three days of marching, we arrived in Gleiwitz. The next day we were taken to Buchenwald. It took us eleven days to get there and we had to face indescribable ordeals.”
The Library’s new exhibition uncovers how forensic and other evidence about the death marches has been gathered since the end of the Holocaust. It chronicles how researchers and others attempted to recover the death march routes – and those who did not survive them. Efforts to analyse and commemorate the death marches continue to this day. Please note our current COVID-19 opening times and health and safety measures, including wearing a face-covering, before visiting. Entry to the Library is only permitted to those who have pre-booked.
In this new episode of the History Hit Podcast curators of the Library’s new exhibition, explore how and why the forced marches happened, what prisoners experienced and how we know anything about them.
Find out more about the Library's upcoming Autumn exhibitions
1 September 2021 – 17 September 2021
Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust
Due to popular demand this exhibition, which draws upon the Library's unique archival collections to tell the often untold story of Jewish resistance, will be returning for a limited run in September 2021.
21 September 2021 – 30 September 2021
"We are not alone": Legacies of Eugenics
Legacies of Eugenics will contribute to the ongoing public conversation about the role of science in shaping our current attempts to come to terms with several eugenic legacies, from racism to decolonisation
Srebrenica Memorial Week
‘Untold Killing’ a podcast created by Remembering Srebrenica
For the Library's latest blog article, Kate Williams from Remembering Srebrenica talks about the process and challenges behind the creation of their award-winning podcast of survivor testimonies.
Untold Killing tells the little-known story of genocide and ethnic cleansing right in the heart of Europe through the voices of those who survived it.
The six episodes are both educational and deeply moving and we urge you to check them out.
You can now join one of our volunteer-led tour guides to learn about the history of the Library. Visit our archives for an in-depth look at our collections and to see how we collect and preserve valuable material for future generations.
Tours last approximately one hour and encompasses the Library's main archive spaces and Wolfson Reading Room.
To ensure safe social distancing in our archives, the Library will be closed to other visitors and readers on the day of the tours, and tour groups are limited to a maximum of 4 people. Entry to the building is dependent on wearing a face covering.
The tours will run every Monday and are available to book online. Please note that pre-booking is essential.
To mark World Refugee Week 2021, the Library published two special blogs highlighting the experiences of refugees documented in our archives.
Edie Martin, who is currently interning at René Cassin, wrote this article that explores Britain's forgotten history of female internment during the Second World War and examines the uniquely female experience of detention.
This blog written by Roxy Baker, a member of the WHL staff, follows the story of Peter Briess and his family who, following the German occupation, fled Czechoslovakia and settled in Great Britain in 1939.
Gerty Simon. Berlin / London - A Photographer In Exile
In collaboration with the Library, the Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee is dedicating its summer exhibition to the work of German-Jewish photographer Gerty Simon (1887-1970).
After 90 years, Simon’s expressive photographs are once again going to be exhibited in Berlin. Her technically brilliant recordings show important personalities of the Weimar Republic, including well-known faces such as Max Liebermann, Käthe Kollwitz, Renée Sintenis, Lotte Lenya, Max Planck and Albert Einstein.
Original photographs, historical press reviews and personal archive material trace Simon’s path from the beginning of her career and success in the Weimar Republic, her flight into exile, and her strategic new beginning in Britain to the safekeeping and preservation of her estate in London.
To mark the publication in 2021 of Meriel Schindler’s acclaimed book The Lost Café Schindler, join the author and Lord Daniel Finkelstein in conversation about the book and Schindler’s project to uncover the history of her father and her family.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Souvenirs of suffering: Taking items from the Auschwitz site
In this PhD and a Cup of Tea talk, Dr Imogen Dalziel will examine possible motivations for visitors removing artefacts from Auschwitz, such as financial gain, iconography, the need for an ‘authentic’ experience and the fulfillment of emotional connections.
In this virtual talk, our panel of speakers will discuss different ways of commemorating the death marches, including pilgrimages, memorials at former Nazi camps and other sites of significance, and artistic and photographic responses to such sites.
To mark the forthcoming publication of Rachael Cerrotti’s new memoir, which follows on from her award-winning podcast, We Share the Same Sky, join The Wiener Holocaust Library and The Ark Synagogue to hear Rachael in conversation with Stephen D. Smith about the book and the genesis and development of the project.
Virtual Talk: Manfred Goldberg: My Death March Experience
For the final event in our Death Marches exhibition series, we are delighted to be joined by Holocaust survivor Manfred Goldberg BEM who will share his experiences of his own death march journey and liberation, led in conversation with Professor Dan Stone.
As part of the Library's Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust event series, Judy Batalion will be discussing her acclaimed new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos.
Dr Henning Borggräfe (Arolsen Archives), Dr Simone Gigliotti (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Ms Yona Kobo (Yad Vashem) discuss the sources and methodologies used to research and narrate the history of the death marches. Chaired by Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London). Part of the Death Marches: Evidence and Memory exhibition event series.
The panel addressed how forensic evidence, such as sites of mass burial and human remains, has informed research and remembrance of genocide, as well as political and ethical dealings with sites of mass atrocity. Speakers discussed forensic archaeology and exhumations of mass graves related to the Spanish Civil War, the Holocaust, and the Second World War, and the afterlives of related sites.
Virtual Event: Denial and Distortion of the Holocaust and the Genocide Against the Tutsi
In this event, hosted in association with the Ishami Foundation to mark the anniversary of the ‘100 days’ of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, our panel of speakers considered issues around denial and distortion of the Holocaust and of the genocide against Tutsi. Our speakers each gave their perspectives on the nature of these kinds of falsification and misrepresentation of history, current manifestations of these attitudes and beliefs, and the mechanisms by which such beliefs are spread and propagated.
To Meet in Hell follows Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking British officer, and Rachel Genuth, a teenager from the Hungarian provinces, as they navigate their respective forms of hell during the final, brutal year of the Second World War.
The Lost Jews of Stettin: A Revealing Letter from 1942
One of the latest articles on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Document Blog by Judith Haran analyses a document from Harvard Law School's extensive collection from the Nuremberg trials and follows the fate of the Stettin deportees.
The Library's holdings on war crime trials largely pertain to those crimes committed by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War. We also hold a small but growing section on war crime trials relating to other genocides.
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.