E-Newsletter for December 2020 View in browser
E-Newsletter for December 2020

Dear Friend,

Welcome to The Wiener Holocaust Library's e-newsletter for December 2020.

We are delighted to announce that the Library will be reopening on Tuesday 8 December. Please see below for more details.

This month we are pleased to announce that the Library's Big Give Christmas Challenge is now live; our Annual Review 2019/2020 is now available to read online; Director Dr Toby Simpson remembers Anne Goodwin; we share news about the Library's next exhibition, Death Marches: Evidence and Memory; and a chance to catch up on virtual talks and register for upcoming events.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we continue to send our very best wishes to you all.

Kind regards,

The Wiener Holocaust Library

Reopening Notice

We are pleased to announce that the Library will be reopening from Tuesday 8 December. Both the Wolfson Reading Room and our latest exhibition, Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust, will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 3pmonly to those who have made a pre-booked appointment.

Please visit our website for further details on our health and safety measures and how to pre-book an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Please note that the Library will be closing for Christmas on Thursday 17 December and will reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

The Library is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge

We are very excited to let you know that the Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign is now liveand we would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.

We are aiming to reach our important goal of raising £30,000. All donations made directly through our Big Give campaign page between now and 12pm on 8 December will be matched by our pledgers.

We are also very pleased to announce that the Library's new film, The Wiener Holocaust Library: A Guided Introduction, premiered on our Big Give campaign page yesterday. We are confident this film will enable the wider public to gain a greater understanding of the work the Library does and we really hope you enjoy it.

Please consider making a donation today, your support is vital to the Library!

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Standing Up for the Truth

We are delighted to announce that the Library’s 2019/2020 Annual Review is now available for you to read online.

Explore the number of ways in which the Library played a part in bringing people together in 2019, and learn about the important work we have been continuing and developing behind the Library’s closed doors during the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020.

This Annual Review looks to the future. With your help, we can continue to play our vital role as Britain’s library of record of the Holocaust and other genocides.

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Remembering Anne Goodwin

By Dr Toby Simpson, Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library

Anne Goodwin with her husband-to-be Gunter. 

This past month marked the 75th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. While marking this occasion, the Library wishes to pay tribute to one of our former employees, Anne Goodwin, who contributed to the historic efforts made to bring the leading perpetrators of Nazi crimes to justice.

Anne was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923. She came to London with her family in 1938, fleeing after the terrible Kristallnacht attacks. After the war, Anne's German and English language skills were put to good use by the American Army at their base in the city of Offenbach where her duties included translating letters written by Nazi officials.

On her return to England, Anne married Gerald Goodwin and settled in London where she had a variety of jobs which she skilfully managed to fit in with bringing up two children. The experience she gained working for entertainment impresarios, doctors or small businesses stood her in good stead for her arrival at The Wiener Library in the 1970s. Appointed by Walter Laqueur, Anne became actively involved in the financial management of the organisation.

One of her former colleagues, Tony Wells, recalls that ‘without Anne Goodwin, the ambitious microfilming project I returned to the Library to look after in 1978 would hardly have been completed, and certainly not in time. She had to look after all the funds that came in from various sources – the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US – and account for every penny received and how it was spent.’

Many of Anne’s former colleagues at the Library recall her meticulous record-keeping, and her distinctive, neat handwriting. Tony remembers further: ‘with all her efficiency and conscientiousness, Anne was always a pleasure to work with, wryly humorous, self-deprecating, sceptical and completely reliable.’

At this time, the Library was recovering from dire financial difficulties that had almost seen the entire holdings move to Tel Aviv. Having Anne to act as a conscientious steward for the accounts was vital for the Library, but she also made other important contributions.

Former Director, Ben Barkow, recalls Anne relating to him (while he was researching his book on the Library's history) that, in the early 1980s, she spotted an advert in the local press. The notice was for a collection of books for sale from a private individual. Anne discovered that these included many titles matching those gathered in previous decades, a significant number of which had been lost to the Library as part of the transfer of holdings to Tel Aviv. These books, marked ‘Hamlyn/Marcus’ after the sponsors of the purchase, still form a core element of our book collections today.

Anne continued to work at the Library for several decades. She became close friends with many at the Library, at the Leo Baeck Institute and at the Journal of Contemporary History, which for a time shared the same building. Those who worked with Anne and remember her fondly include Ben Barkow, Howard Falksohn, Tony Wells, Aileen Kent, Anne Beale, Gerta Regensburger, and Christine Patel, who was Anne’s successor in the role of Finance Officer.

Anne died of cancer earlier this year aged 96. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, including her children, Ruth and Stephen, and her wider family. The Library was delighted to receive a legacy of £5,000 from Anne’s estate. Next year, we will create a memorial plaque in Anne’s honour as a gesture of thanks for everything we owe to her and to celebrate and remember her remarkable life and achievements.

New exhibition launching January 2021
Death Marches: Evidence and Memory

Towards the end of the Second World War, tens of thousands of prisoners still held within the Nazi camp system were forcibly evacuated in terrible conditions under heavy guard.

Prisoners were sent out on foot, by rail, in horse-drawn wagons, in lorries and by ship. Conveys split, dispersed and rejoined others, with routes stretching from several dozen to hundreds of miles long. Thousands of people were murdered en route in the last days before the war’s end, although it is impossible to know the exact numbers.

Many of these chaotic and brutal evacuations became known as ‘death marches’ by those who endured them. They form the last chapter of Nazi genocide.

The Library’s new exhibition, launching in January 2021, and co-curated by Dan Stone (RHUL) and Christine Schmidt (WHL), will uncover 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 analyze and commemorate the death marches continue to this day.

This exhibition is part of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership. Death Marches: Evidence and Memory will be launched at the Holocaust Exhibition & Learning Centre in Huddersfield in February 2021. 

The exhibitions are dedicated to the memory of Lilian Black OBE.

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A supportive and creative community thrived inside the camp. In this photograph, an onlooker watches a Kitchener Camp theatre performance in 1939. Wiener Holocaust Library Collections.

The Kitchener Camp

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article focusing on the Kitchener Camp on the Library's online educational resource The Holocaust Explained.

The Kitchener Camp was a transitory refugee camp established and administered by the Council for German Jewry near the town of Sandwich, in Kent. During its existence (20 January 1939 – May 1940), nearly 4,000 Jewish men between the ages of 18-40 were rescued from incarceration in Nazi Germany and saved from the Holocaust.

Following the outbreak of the Second World War and the Nazi military successes of early 1940, public opinion towards the camp and the refugees soured and, following the mass internment of those deemed ‘enemy aliens’, it was closed.

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If you would like to learn more about the experiences of the men who lived and worked at the camp, please visit the Library’s online exhibition, The Kitchener Camp, 1939 - 1940.

Being Human Festival 2020
The Legion of the Lost: New Discoveries on the Holocaust

The Library was delighted to take part in the Being Human Festival this year.

In this online event, the first in a series, participants discovered the history of the International Tracing Service, created to find missing people after the Holocaust.

This online taster event featured a preview of work by the leading Holocaust historian, Professor Dan Stone, who has uncovered new aspects of Holocaust history and its legacies and also highlighted family history research resources. The event also included a preview of a traveling exhibition on tracing missing people after the Holocaust, which will be shown at the Linen Hall Library in 2021.

Participants had the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of confronting difficult histories on the personal level, with special consideration of the themes of war, migration, rupture, survival and victimhood.

This event will be followed by a workshop and lecture at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast in 2021, as pandemic conditions permit.

Organised by The Wiener Holocaust Library and the Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway University of London. In partnership with The Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

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Upcoming Events
Tuesday 8 December, 7-8pm
A Virtual Talk: The Resistance in Colour: Resisters from the colonies in France, 1940-44

In this talk, Dr Ludivine Broch will share the stories of non-white resisters from the colonies in mainland France during the Second World War and present a culturally and ethnically diverse portrait of the internal resistance in metropolitan France.

This talk is part of our Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust exhibition event series.

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 7-8pm
A Virtual Talk: Defiance and Protest. Forgotten Individual Jewish Resistance in Nazi Germany

In this talk, Professor Wolf Gruner will focus on the forgotten individual acts of resistance, giving agency back to ordinary Jews in extraordinary circumstances

This talk is part of our Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust exhibition event series.

Tuesday 26 January 2021, 7-8pm
A Virtual Talk: New works on British Colonial Violence

This event marks the recent publication of two important contributions to our understanding of violence committed in the British Empire. These works challenge traditional understandings of the extent of colonial violence and the process of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.

This talk is part of our Racism, Antisemitism, Colonialism and Genocide exhibition event series.

The Wiener Holocaust Library Blog

Why not check out the Library's blog? Read staff articles, past book reviews, guest posts and more. 

Library Blog
Virtual events on the Library's YouTube Channel

Did you know that the Library has a YouTube channel? Why not have a browse through some of the past events the Library has hosted. Includes virtual events, book talks, curator talks and more.

Virtual Book Launch: Internment in Britain in 1940: Life and Art Behind the Wire

We were delighted to host the virtual book launch of 'Internment in Britain in 1940: Life and Art Behind the Wire'. This book brings alive the experience of internment by combining the creative responses of Wilhelm Hollitscher and Hugo Dachinger.

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Virtual Book Launch: Paper Bullets: Two Artists who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis

Professor Jackson discussed and read selections from his new book 'Paper Bullets', the first to tell the true story of an audacious anti-Nazi campaign undertaken by an unlikely pair - two French women, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe.

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A Virtual Book Talk: Escaping Extermination

In this conversation, the presenters mark the publication of this extraordinary memoir, discussing how music and art sustain the human.

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A Virtual Book Talk: Agnes Kaposi - 'Yellow Star - Red Star'

A conversation between Agnes Kaposi, engineering professor, Holocaust survivor, about her life and her memoir.

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A Virtual Book Launch: The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction

Exploring the various identities and uses of ghettos, Bryan Cheyette shows how different instances of ghettoization interrelate across time and space.

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Generation 2 Generation upcoming events
Tuesday 3 December, 7-8.15pm
The Story of Lushka Kelly

Seymour Kelly will tell the story of how his mother, Lushka Kelly, nee Klapholz, survived the Holocaust as a slave labourer in Poland working in various spinning and munitions factories. Together with Seymour’s narrative, clips of Lushka’s video testimony will provide the audience with a first-hand accounts of her experiences.

Portraits for Posterity Photographs of Holocaust Survivors in Great Britain

Portraits for Posterity by Matt Writtle is a unique project comprising 101 photographic portraits of Survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who made their homes in Great Britain.

Beginning in late 2007, in close liaison with London’s Holocaust Survivor community, photographer Matt Writtle, curator Jan Marsh and project manager Jacki Reason produced 30 portraits, which were exhibited at London’s City Hall, UK. Following the exhibition’s successful reception, the project was expanded to include Survivors living across Great Britain, with a total of 101 portraits being exhibited at a range of locations nationwide.

These portraits have been brought together in a beautifully produced, 244-page book, alongside personal testimonies from the Survivors and commentaries from journalist Hugo Rifkind, politician Nicky Gavron, Survivor Eva Clarke and son of Survivors Ardyn Halter.

The Portraits for Posterity book is a valuable historical record that will educate both young and old about the Holocaust and genocide. Although the images capture only a few of the people affected by the Holocaust, the book is also intended as a permanent memorial commemorating the millions who perished without portraits.

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The Wiener Holocaust Library

The Wiener Holocaust Library
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7636 7247

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