Please note that the Library will be closed from 12pm Friday 24 December 2021 until Monday 3 January 2022.
The Wiener Holocaust Library
The Library is open
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 Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live!
The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, the UK’s largest online match funding campaign, is now live and we are pleased to be participating once again. Last year was our first year 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.
We need your help to share the Library’s important work and ensure it is available for future generations, so please share this campaign with others who may want to support us in reaching our important goal. Thank you to all those who registered their interest in supporting us.
All donations we receive, no matter how large or small, will make double the difference to us!
On Thursday 25 November, the Library launched a new digital Refugee Map. Supported by Arts Council England funding, this new digital resource will highlight the Library's rich collections of Family Papers, making our archival material related to refugee stories more accessible.
Ruth Wiener,daughter of the Library's founder, Dr Alfred Wiener, was imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen with her mother and daughters. She eventually was reunited with her father in New York in 1945.
Pauline Okonski was born in Poland in 1915. In the 1930s she moved to Berlin and married Herbert Markstein. They emnigrated to Shanghai in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution.
Celebrating the Launch of the Library’s Refugee Map
The evening included an in-person talk given by Dr Rachel Pistol on the subject of the trajectories and experiences of Jewish refugees to the United Kingdom during the Second World War, including their internment and treatment as ‘enemy aliens’, and opening remarks from Refugee Council Chief Executive, Enver Solomon and Lucy Ash.
On Wednesday 17 November, the Library hosted the second Annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial Lecture at the Museum of London. We were delighted that over 500 people who attended or tuned in for this lecture.
Our special guest speaker Professor Jan Grabowski discussed how scholars of the Holocaust find themselves confronted with the hostile reactions of various states pursuing the policies of Holocaust distortion. This situation has acquired particular importance and urgency in Poland, where the authorities have introduced a series of measures intended to freeze academic debate, hinder independent research and intimidate scholars whose writings are perceived as opposed to the official, state-approved historical narrative.
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 Monday 6 December, 5.30pm.
To coincide with our new exhibition, we have shared 10 fascinating images that offer an insight into interwar fascism with History Extra, including female fascist supporters and the role that Nazi propaganda played in the years leading up to the Second World War.
This stamp (pictured), showing a German Wehrmacht soldier with the caption "Victory will be ours!", was likely produced during the Second World War to encourage continued support for the war. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
A new article on The Holocaust Explained
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article on the Library's online educational website The Holocaust Explained.
Propaganda explores the Nazi Party's various methods and use of propaganda during the Third Reich and their effectiveness.
As well as using more traditional methods of propaganda, such as posters and pamphlets, the Nazis also utilised everyday objects such as stamps to spread their messages.
To mark the postponed seventh international multidisciplinary conference, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, the conference organisers are pleased to announce a virtual symposium that will explore new international debates in Holocaust memorialisation. In the spirit of the conference, we hope that the debate and discussion generated by the panel presentations will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines engaged in research on themes of the ‘life after’ and memory, as well as the interested public. We are looking forward to hosting the next Beyond Camps and Forced Labour conference in January 2023
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) welfare worker, Miss Eileen Wermig, leads a group of young children at the UNRRA Weisbaden Camp, where some 5,000 children were housed after the Second World War. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.
The most recent stone that has been changed is that of Kurt Theodor Goldschlager. Born in the Weiden district of Vienna, Austria, in 1912, he was one of four brothers, Erich, Paul and Robert (who later lived in Chicago, USA, with the changed surname Gordon). Their father Julius was an architect who died of natural causes in 1940, and his mother Irene, nee Von Posner; was deported to Auschwitz and murdered in 1942. In the 1930s, Kurt had been a member of the Austrian National swimming and water polo teams.
Kurt fled to England in June 1939 and joined the British Army Pioneer Corp (PC) from 1940-1943. He was advised like many European Jews in the armed forces to change his name, in this case to 13801160 Pte Kenneth Edward Clarke.
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.
Virtual Exhibition Talk: The Radicalising Impact of the Fascist Past: Emotive Memories of Nazism and Fascism in Contemporary Extreme Right Politics
You can now join us virtually at this sold-out event. In this in-person talk, Paul Jackson will explore how the extreme right today often takes a deep interest in the fascist past. Part of the Library's This Fascist Life exhibition series.
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.
Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Virtual Symposium: New initiatives and debates around Holocaust memorialisation
To mark the postponed seventh international multidisciplinary conference, Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, the conference organisers are pleased to announce a virtual symposium that will explore new international debates in Holocaust memorialisation.
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. Part of the Library's This Fascist Life exhibition series.
Virtual Event: The Amazing Life of Margot Heuman: Commemorating Theresienstadt
Proudly co-hosted by the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association and The Wiener Holocaust Library in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first transport to Theresienstadt ghetto on 24 November 1941.
Refugee Stories: Celebrating the Launch of the Library’s Refugee Map
On Thursday 25 November, the Library celebrated the launch of our new online Refugee Map resource. Drawn from the Library’s extensive collection of photographs and documents of Jewish refugees to Britain, the map traces individual stories and journeys.
Invitation to Archivists and Scholars Working with Holocaust Photographs
Are you an archivist or scholar working with Holocaust photographs?
Our friends at the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure would like to invite those with recognised experience in working with images depicting aspects of the Holocaust to join the Holocaust Photographs Expert Group.
With funding from the European Commission, this new expert group will participate in discussions, lectures and practical workshops over the course of two years.
The deadline for all registrations is Friday 31 December.
The Orwell Youth Prize 2022 is now OPEN for entries!
This year's theme is COMING UP FOR AIR: WRITING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Inspired by Orwell, they're encouraging you to look afresh at the way the climate crisis and the environment is discussed and reported today. What is missing from the conversation? And if you had the power, what changes would you make?
- Nada Farhoud, Environment Editor at the Daily Mirror
- Dara McAnulty, Prize-Winning Author
- Gillian Clarke, Award-Winning Poet
- Dan Bernardo, Founder of Playtra Games
- Michael Jacobs, Writer and Environmental Economist
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust would like you to send them a photo that finished the sentence ‘One day…’ for their One Day youth photography competition.
A selection of the best photographs will be chosen by a prestigious judging panel to be displayed in an exhibition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022. The four most outstanding photographers will win an Instax Mini camera.
Guest judges include acclaimed photographer Rankin, curator Mariama Attah and Rwandan photographer Mussa Uwitonze.
Enter the competition by 11.59pm on 5 December 2021 to be in with a chance of winning.
Our friends at the Jewish Museum London have some wonderful upcoming events to celebrate this year's Hanukah festival. Including a family day on 5 December 2021 and many more virtual and in-person events. We encourage you to check out their upcoming programme here.
Become a member of the Library
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.