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.
The Community Security Trust's (CST) Antisemitic Incidents Report 2021, published in February 2022, shows 2,255 anti-Jewish hate incidents reported across Britain in 2021. This is the highest annual total that CST has ever recorded and is a 34% increase from 2020.
Antisemitism continues to pose a very real threat to Jews in Britain, Europe and around the world.
The Library's new exhibition has been curated partly in response to worrying trends in contemporary antisemitism, including the rise in harassment of Jews in recent years, and the spread of conspiracy theories online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This exhibition reveals the history of the fight against antisemitism over the last century in France, Britain and Germany. Through unique and never seen before documents from the Library's collections, and striking photographs from CST's archives, we spotlight the stories of the individuals, organisations and campaigns that have fought against antisemitism since the time of the Dreyfus Affair in 1890s France.
The arrest, trial and imprisonment of Jewish French army officer Alfred Dreyfus on false charges of espionage became a sensation in France and across Europe, galvanising both antisemites and their opponents.
These handbooks were written to provide practical assistance to those fighting antisemitism and were published by Büro Wilhelmstrasse in the early 1930s. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
The exhibition shines a light on the various strategies that those fighting against antisemitism have taken over the last one hundred years and more, from publishing pamphlets refuting antisemitic ideas, to gathering evidence about the activities of antisemites, to street fighting and the infiltration of fascist groups.
Upcoming exhibition events
Wednesday 20 April, 4-5pm
Virtual Student Talk: Fighting Antisemitism
In this virtual talk, Senior Curator Dr Barbara Warnock will explore the development of antisemitism in Western Europe from the late nineteenth century to today, and the means by which Jewish organisations and other groups have fought back against antisemitism.
In partnership with Yet Again, a UK-based youth-led organisation committed to raising awareness and developing an understanding of modern atrocity, the Library is hosting a panel discussion and inviting expert speakers to discuss some of the issues around Holocaust distortion.
Exhibition Talk: We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and their Forgotten Battle for Post-War Britain
The first event in the Library's Fighting Antisemitism exhibition series, historian and author Daniel Sonabend will tell the story of the militant Jewish anti-fascist organisation the 43 Group. Join us in person or online.
We are pleased to announce that our free Tuesday public archive tours have resumed. No need to pre-book, just turn up!
You can now visit the world’s Holocaust archives for an in-depth view of our historic collections and to see first-hand how we collect and preserve valuable material for future generations.
From Tuesday 5 April, you will be able to join a tour of the Library with our well-informed volunteer tour guides to learn about our history and our work going forward.
The tours run every Tuesday 2-3pm and last approximately one hour, encompassing the Library’s main archive space where you’ll have the opportunity to view fascinating and rare historical documents from the Holocaust whilst also being able to take a look around the Wolfson Reading Room.
If you would like more information, pre-book a place on one of our free Tuesday tours, or to register for a private tour, please email the Library’s Visitor Services, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Aaron Brohi, email@example.com.
Thursday 28 April
Open Day for Camden Schools
Children with a teacher in a classroom in Eschwege Displaced Persons camp, c. 1946-1948. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
We are delighted to announce a one-day event organised specifically for GCSE and A-Level students attending school or college in the London Borough of Camden on Thursday 28 April, 10am-4pm.
Run by the Library’s experienced education team, we have organised an exciting day of talks and workshops for students in Camden to deepen their understanding of the Nazi era and the Holocaust through engagement with the Library’s unique and historic archive; as well as hearing from guest speakers including Holocaust academic Dr Rebecca Jinks of Royal Holloway and Holocaust survivor Ruth Schwiening. You can read the full programme here.
The day is an exclusive opportunity for schools in Camden and places for the day will be given on a first come first serve basis. You can either book in for the whole day or specific events, capacity for each session is shown in the programme attached. All aspects of the programme are free.
If you would like to secure spaces for your students for either the day or specific sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with the following: your name and position in school, your school’s name, whether you would like to attend the whole day or set sessions, the school year of the students attending and the number of students you hope to attend.
Advance notice: 23 - 24 May
Recovery and Repair; Supporting Jewish Family Histories of the Holocaust Throughout Britain
The event will feature talks from the Library’s Dr Christine Schmidt and Elise Bath; Professor Dan Stone from The Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London; Professor Cathy Gelbin from Manchester University; Pamela Linen Aveyard from Imperial War Museum North and others.
There will also be an exhibition launch; and the opportunity for one-on-one appointments with ITS researchers.
More details to follow.
Life in Nazi-controlled Europe
Women in the Third Reich
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article on the Library's online educational website The Holocaust Explained exploring the Nazi Party's approach to, and the experiences of, women in the Third Reich.
The article seeks to explain the ways in which women were central to the Nazis' version of the Third Reich and their future Volksgemeinschaft by looking at the principles of Küche, Kinder and Kirche, female employment, and the participation and resistance of women in the Nazi regime.
Basic Recipes as a Key to the Art of Cooking: examples of some recipes from a 1931 cookbook. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
Virtual Book Talk: ‘Adolf Island’: The Nazi Occupation of Alderney
In this virtual talk, Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls and Dr Kevin Colls will discuss their work 'Adolf Island' which offers new forensic, archaeological and spatial perspectives of the Nazi forced and slave labour programme that was initiated on the Channel Island of Alderney during its occupation in the Second World War.
Hybrid Book Talk: Carole Angier in conversation with Philippe Sands
As part of the Library's new academic event series, author and historian Carole Angier will be in conversation with Philippe Sands to discuss her new book which explores the life and work of the influential writer, W. G. Sebald.
Virtual Student Revision: Democracy and Nazism: The Nazi Dictatorship
This virtual revision session, aimed at GCSE and A-Level students, will utilise sources from the Library’s unique archive to examine the Nazi Dictatorship. It will explore the idea of ‘the Terror State’; the role of the SS and Gestapo; opposition to the Nazis; Nazi propaganda and the extent of totalitarianism in Germany.
Hybrid Event: The Future of Holocaust History: An Event for the IHR’s Centenary, In Partnership with Yale University
This hybrid event is a collaboration between the Library, Yale University and The Institute of Historical Research and is being held to mark the IHR's centenary year. The event will feature three Yale University Press authors who will talk about the writing of their books to reflect on how the historiography of the Holocaust has changed and why the topic is more important now than ever.
Virtual Student Revision: Democracy and Nazism: The Racial State
This virtual revision session, aimed at GCSE and A-Level students, will utilise sources from the Library’s unique archive to examine the Nazi’s creation of a ‘Racial State’. It will explore the radicalisation of the state; Nazi racial ideology; increasing antisemitic policies and actions as well as the treatment of Jews in the early years of war by looking at the development of ghettos and deportations.
Hybrid Book Talk: Alice’s Book – Karina Urbach in conversation with Lord Daniel Finkelstein
To celebrate the publication of Alice's Book, which uncovers the truth about a stolen cookbook and tells the story of a family torn apart by the Nazi regime, author and historian Karina Urbach will be in conversation with leading political journalist Lord Daniel Finkelstein.
Hybrid Event: Testimonies of the Farhud in the Sephardi Voices UK Archive
In this event, we will introduce the Sephardi Voices UK archive, explore testimonies of those who lived through the 1941 pogrom, the Farhud, and discuss the long-term effects on Baghdad's Jewish population.
To mark the completion of a unique and historic project to make a piece of Jewish refugee history in London accessible, the Library’s Photo Archivist explores the history of the archives of the Leo Baeck (London) Lodge(s).
Virtual Panel Discussion: Ukrainian-Jewish Relations: History and Russian Instrumentalisation
In light of Vladimir Putin’s spurious goal of “de-Nazifying” Ukraine and to think about how historical knowledge can be applied to current crises, the Library was pleased to host this virtual panel which analysed Ukrainian-Jewish relations in the 20th and 21st centuries.
In this virtual book talk, Dr Christine Schmidt spoke to Menachem Kaiser about his new book, Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure, which explores his family's journey to recover property stolen from them by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Hybrid Book Talk: The Island of Extraordinary Captives
In this hybrid book talk, author and journalist Simon Parkin talks about his new book. The Island of Extraordinary Captives uses new archive material, letters and diaries to shine a light on the often forgotten British policy of mass internment which led to the imprisonment of over 30,000 refugees during the Second World War.
In this talk, Professor Clare Ungerson explored how it came about that 4,000 German Jewish refugee men moved from Greater Germany to live in an old army camp on the edge of the small town of Sandwich in East Kent in 1939.
The Roma Support Group has created a short survey to gauge whether teachers in secondary schools would benefit from having resource material on the Roma genocide during the Second World War and Roma migration in the UK.
Completing the survey will inform our practice and policy team.
Jewish Museum London's new exhibition opens 24 April
The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust
Discover how images shape the way we remember history with The Eye As Witness – a major exhibition using creative technology to contrast Holocaust photos taken by perpetrators with the perspective of victims.
The Eye as Witness is an immersive multimedia experience examining Holocaust photography. It has been designed to make us question the motives behind the recording of historical events and to encourage critical thinking on racism, hatred and ‘fake news’ today.
Taking the instantly recognisable Nazi-propaganda images of sub-human victims in Nazi ghettos and concentration camps, visitors are led to reconsider the images as persecuted and dignified humans living ‘everyday’ lives only days before the Nazis came to power.
Featured in the exhibition is an award-winning immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. This cutting-edge experience enabled visitors to enter a virtual environment and ‘step into’ a Nazi-produced Holocaust photograph taken in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Alongside this are interactive displays, which offer visitors the opportunity to view the rare secret photos taken by Jewish people and members of the anti-Nazi resistance who use the camera to record the story as they saw it.
Refugees and Survivors in National Historiographies and Public History. Archives, Voices and Memories
This workshop will explore the ways to recognize those who have experienced forced migration or genocides as agents in the past as well as documenters and knowledge producers of that past.
During the last decade, scholars have highlighted the ways in which refugees have been given space in the writing of history and debated why refugees as actors have received so little attention. It had been argued that in cases where “refugees” and “survivors” are investigated, they are usually portrayed as an unnamed mass—passive victims of persecution, war, or revolution—not as named actors in various contexts.
The importance of placing the people defined as refugees and survivors at the heart of history writing and exploring their perspectives, actions, experiences, and self-understanding has been stressed by historians, and refugee scholars and Holocaust scholars.
One aim of the workshop is to explore the role that refugees, forced migrants and genocide survivors have played and continue to play in documenting, remembering and producing knowledge about genocide, oppression and forced migration.
Join Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Tuesday 5 April as they launch the new theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2023. At this free online event, you will hear about the new theme and how it can be applied in local HMD activities. Illustrator and author Barbara Yelin, and Holocaust survivor Dr Martin Stern MBE will also be in conversation, discussing why the theme resonates with them, and why it is relevant to us all today.
G2G Presents: The story of Masha Nachmansson— ‘Against the Odds'
In this Generation2Generation event, Jeanette Marx tells the story of her mother, Mascha Nachmansson, born, in Łódź, Poland in 1920. You will hear how Mascha survived 5 years of slave labour in the Łódź ghetto and was then transported to Auschwitz concentration camp which she described as ‘hell on earth’. She was finally liberated from Ravensbrück concentration camp in April 1945. Jeanette tells this story using her mother’s extremely moving video testimony.
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.
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