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!
The Library's Annual Review
Want to learn more about what we have been up to this past year?
Why not check out the Library's Annual Review to explore our 2020/2021 achievements.
You can find out about the Library's new innovative Refugee Map, past exhibitions, virtual events, partnerships and learn more about our significant collections, family research and educational outreach.
We have also recently published our Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025 which articulates the Library’s goals for the next four years and highlights the ways in which we will achieve these goals.
Jewish deportees from the ‘Polenaktion’ in a makeshift camp in Polish-German border town Zbąszyń (Bentschen), November 1938. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
Join The Wiener Holocaust Library to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 with the Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis and Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller, Wednesday 26 January, 6.30-7.30pm.
This years’ hybrid event will focus on the experiences of victims of Nazi genocide on the day that they were deported to ghettos and camps and will include readings from the Library’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust on this theme.
The event will also feature a talk by Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller exploring the significance of the contemporary photographs taken of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust.
With remarks by Dr Toby Simpson, Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library and readings by a Camden Youth MP.
We ask that audience members take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before attending.
If you would like to join us virtually please register for a live stream ticket here.
Fate Unknown: Tracing the Missing after the Holocaust
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Library's ITS Archive Team Manager, Elise Bath, will be speaking at a virtual event at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland about the International Tracing Service Archive and how it can be used to trace the experiences of those caught up in the Holocaust.
In the meantime, why not check out this short video (below) with curators Dr Barbara Warnock, Dr Roland Clark and Professor Tim Grady who give a unique overview of the Library's latest exhibition.
Upcoming Exhibition Events
Thursday 13 January, 6.30-7.30pm
Virtual Exhibition Talk: Between fanaticism and mediocrity: Swedish and Dutch fascism, 1923-1940
This virtual exhibition lecture will explore the rise and decline of fascism in Sweden and the Netherlands, explain their appeal to ordinary fascists in spite of unfavourable conditions and the mediocrity of the objects of their devotion.
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 Saturday 5 February, 5.30pm.
In his lecture (full video below), Professor Grabowski outlined current governmental policies in Poland regarding the history and historiography of the Holocaust, which often distort the historical narrative to preserve Polish national pride and identity. He also discussed his own recent experiences of being taken to court over research conducted for the two-volume study Night Without End (Dalej jest noc), co-edited by Professor Grabowski and eight other scholars.
New Educational Resources for Students and Teachers
We are delighted to announce the publication of two new educational resources on The Holocaust Explained for the 2022 academic term.
Both resources have been designed for teachers to use with their students and include downloadable primary sources from the Library’s unique archive, a worksheet, suggested activities, contextual information, and a glossary to help students to explore the various factors involved in both topics.
'Camps and Ghettos'
Camps and Ghettos uses contemporary source material to understand the establishment, running and liberation of ghettos and camps created under the Nazi regime.
Nazi Propaganda uses contemporary source material to understand the Nazi regime’s use and implementation of propaganda.
Virtual Book Talk: The Third Reich’s Elite Schools with Helen Roche
In this lunchtime talk, Helen Roche will present some of her research regarding the first comprehensive history of the Third Reich's most prominent elite schools, the National Political Education Institutes (Napolas / NPEA).
Virtual Ernst Fraenkel Prize Lecture: Joanna Sliwa in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun
We are delighted to host Dr Joanna Sliwa in conversation with Professor Natalia Aleksiun in honour of Dr Sliwa’s joint award of the 2020 Ernst Fraenkel Prize. Dr Sliwa’s award-winning manuscript, Jewish Childhood in Kraków, is the first book to tell the history of Kraków in the second World War through the lens of Jewish children’s experiences.
Virtual Book Launch: Living in Two Worlds: The Else Behrend and Siegfried Rosenfeld Diaries
Living in Two Worlds is a unique collection of personal diaries and letters describing the lives of a remarkable couple, Else and Siegfried Rosenfeld, during the 1930s, then throughout the Second World War and beyond.
Hans Albrecht Foundation Annual Lecture and Human Rights Award 2022
Join The Hans Albrecht Foundation (HAF) and the Library for the HAF Human Rights Award and annual lecture. This is a hybrid event with tickets available to join us in person or to tune in via the live stream.
Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: New initiatives and debates around Holocaust memorialisation
To mark the postponed seventh international multidisciplinary conference, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, we were pleased to host a virtual symposium that explored new international debates in Holocaust memorialisation. The debate and discussion generated by the panel presentations brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines engaged in research on themes of the ‘life after’ and memory, as well as the interested public.
The event will be moderated by Professor Shirli Gilbert (UCL, Academic Director of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre) and Dr Andy Pearce (Institute of Education, UCL). Offered in collaboration with the British Association for Holocaust Studies.
In his final book, The Fate of the Jews, 1933–49, the British historian David Cesarani lamented the ‘yawning gulf’ between popular understanding of the Holocaust and academic scholarship. This public event provides an opportunity to evaluate the continued relevance of Cesarani’s critique, as new initiatives are launched (the Imperial War Museum’s new Holocaust Galleries opened to the public in October 2021) and others undergo continued refinement (development of UK secondary school teaching on the Holocaust by UCL’s Institute of Education; plans for a UK Holocaust Memorial alongside Parliament).
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
Toolkit Against Holocaust Distortion
Holocaust distortion is the greatest contemporary threat to the legacy of the Holocaust. It harms our democracies, normalizes antisemitism, and fuels extremism. But despite the danger it poses, Holocaust distortion is often overlooked and rarely leads to concrete action.
The IHRA Toolkit Against Holocaust Distortion is designed to help policy and decision-makers and civil society take steps towards recognizing and countering Holocaust distortion. It provides leaders with practical tools, guidance and example activities to empower them to be ambassadors for change – in their institutions, governments, and communities.
From over 100 stories gathered in previous projects by St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS), 18 were selected to represent the universal themes of Sanctuary, Courage, Compassion, Setting Down Roots, Work and Community.
The exhibition includes moving and powerful stories of displacement and migration, including from Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, and Sylvia Schloss, whose step-grandfather was Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. Her uncle’s paintings were hidden under the floorboards in Amsterdam when the family were deported to Auschwitz and later found by Sylvia’s mother Eva.
There is a moving story from Evelyn Gold whose aunt Berta Aftergut appears at the top of Schindler’s List. You can also see my mother Hanna Cohn’s Kindertransport photograph and ID card.
The stories reflect the exhibition’s themes and key moments in Jewish history as illustrated in the exhibition timeline. The aim is that audiences will relate to the historic and geographic events through these personal stories.
G2G Presents: Holocaust Memorial Day Event. The Promise
“Children I promise you this. Everything you do leaves something behind: nothing gets lost. All the good that you have accomplished will continue in the lives of the people you have touched“. (Erich Geiringer, May 1940)
Those words spoken by Eva’s father, inspired her to tell her family’s Holocaust story, writing and travelling the world and, in particular, showcasing her brother, Heinz’s art and poetry. She continues to do so today at the age of 92.
Her grandson Eric, like a link in this chain, is now working with G2G to present his grandmother’s story.
Join us for our Holocaust Memorial Day event to hear Eric in conversation with his grandmother and consider the Holocaust Memorial Day theme “One Day”.
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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