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This moving event focused on the experiences of victims of Nazi genocide on the day that they were deported to ghettos and camps and included readings from the Library’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust on this theme.
Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller gave a talk exploring the significance of the contemporary photographs taken of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust.
With remarks and reflections given by Dr Toby Simpson, the Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis and readings by Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council and Camden Youth MPs, Anya and Anes.
The End of the Holocaust and the Aftermath of Genocide
Roxy Moore, the Library's The Holocaust Explained Project Coordinator, has written an article exploring the end of the Holocaust and the aftermath of genocide for Holocaust Memorial Day, reflecting on the 2022 theme of ‘One Day’.
This virtual Holocaust Memorial Day talk, aimed at GCSE and A-Level students, will utilise sources from the Library’s unique archive to examine the topic of ‘liberation’. It will contextualise the final events of the Holocaust, explore the concept of ‘liberation’, consider life after ‘liberation’ in DP camps and frame why it is so important that we remember the Holocaust today.
Echoes of Fascism: The Radical Right in the Twenty-First Century
Theconference explored various facets of the challenge and threat posed by radical right and neo-fascist movements today. The conference featured many fascinating contributions examining the ideas, strategies and impact of far-right movements around the world from contributors who joined the conference remotely and in-person at the Library.
Panel discussion: Fighting Fascism Today
The presentations were complemented by a stimulating discussion featuring contributions by experts in the field of challenging extremism, Dr Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust, Dr Joe Mulhall of HOPE not hate, and Dr Bethan Johnson of the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right, on the subject of fighting fascism today. The panellists discussed the threats posed by the rapid dissemination of extremist ideas online, including conspiracy theories to do with COVID-19, and the continued threat of violent action from the far right, and considered the difficulties faced by those trying to challenge extremism and extremist ideas.
Keynote Lecture (online) by Ruth Wodak: 'Collective Amnesia'
Joining the conference online from Vienna, Professor Wodak looked at the means by which extreme-right wing views, such as anti-refugee attitudes, become normalised in the mass media and in political discourse.
Keynote Lecture by Julie Gottlieb: 'Memory Boom and Bust'
Professor Gottlieb reflected upon issues around gender in British fascism, and the historical and family memories of fascist women today, twenty years on from the publication of her seminal work, Feminine Fascism.
The Kitchener Camp has been largely forgotten today, this exhibition draws on materials collected by the Kitchener Camp Project and the Library to build a moving and compelling picture of this unlikely sanctuary.
As antisemitic rhetoric and actions continue to pose a threat to Jews in Britain and around the world, the Library’s timely new exhibition explores the individuals, organisations and campaigns that have fought back against antisemitism in France, Britain and Germany over the hundred years and more since the time of the Dreyfus Affair in France in the late nineteenth century.
Join the Hans Albrecht Foundation (HAF) and the Library for the HAF Human Rights Award and annual lecture. This year’s recipient is the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN). The team at KRAN works with separated young refugees and asylum seekers also known as UASC’s (unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee minors). These are young people aged 16 to 24 who have arrived in Kent alone and are claiming asylum and KRAN provide them with a safe, positive space supporting them to succeed through a range of services and pathways.
For 2022, the HAF Annual Lecture will be given by award-winning journalist and author Daniel Trilling on the theme of ‘refugees in Europe then and now’. His latest book, Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, won Italy’s inaugural Libri contro la Fame (“Books against Hunger”) literary prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. Trilling is also currently a regular contributor to The Guardian’s Long Read and Opinion sections and writes for the London Review of Books, among other publications.
Hans Albrecht came to Britain on the Kindertransport. The Hans Albrecht Foundation (HAF) strives to advance and promote human rights particularly in relation to children, equalities, disability, children who are refugees and/or fleeing conflict and freedom from persecution on the grounds of race, ethnicity and faith.
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.
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.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: The occupied Ruhr 1923 and the Munich Agreement 1938: two episodes from the career of the Quaker politician T. Edmund Harvey (1875–1955)
In this virtual doctoral seminar, Mark Frankel will talk about two episodes in the Quaker politician T. Edmund Harvey's career: his intervention on behalf of political prisoners in the occupied Ruhr in 1923, and his part in the Quakers’ collective response to the Munich Agreement of 1938.
Virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea: Red Friday: The Wehrmacht, the Order Police, and the first wartime massacre of Białystok’s Jews
On 27 June 1941, the Wehrmacht captured the Soviet-occupied Polish city of Białystok and murdered 2,000 Jews. In this virtual PhD and a Cup of Tea presentation, Jake Holliday will draw upon official records, survivors’ accounts and post-war criminal trial papers to try and understand what happened in Białystok that day.
Virtual Book Launch: The Journey Home: Emerging out of the Shadow of the Past
This virtual event celebrates the launch of The Journey Home: Emerging out of the Shadow of the Past and will be introduced by the co-editor, David Clark, and two of the contributors to the book. This event is in partnership with the Second Generation Network.
In this Leave to Landexhibition talk, Professor Clare Ungerson will discuss 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.
In this event, Simon Parkin will speak about his new book which uses exclusive new archival material, letters and diaries to reveal the untold story of history's most extraordinary prison camp, where Britain interned thousands of refugees during the Second World War.
On Monday 25 October 2021, the Library celebrated the launch of a major new collection of nearly 300 filmed interviews with ‘Third Reich’ contemporaries.
Speakers at the launch event included Sam Pope (ZEF Productions), Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL), Dr Stefanie Rauch (UCL), Mileva Stupar (Institute National de l’Audiovisuel), and Dr Toby Simpson (The Wiener Holocaust Library).
Virtual Book Launch: In the Shadow of the Holocaust
The Library was delighted to partner with UCL's Institute of Jewish Studies and the Institute for Polish Jewish Studies to virtually launch Michael Fleming's new book In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Poland, the United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Search for Justice.
This talk examines the struggle to attain post-war justice and prosecution.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant the introduction of HGRP in January 2021 was a much quieter (and more virtual) affair than initially hoped.
Indeed, were it not for the pandemic, the Partnership would have been launched publicly in 2020, to coincide with the 75th liberation anniversaries of camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen. The Partnership’s planned programme of activities therefore had to adapt to the digital realm – starting with a physical exhibition.
“Where Do I Belong?” Holocaust Survivors Return to Vienna
What prompted Viennese Jews to return to their home city after the devastation of the Holocaust? What were their hopes, and what did they find? In this conversation with historian Prof Albert Lichtblau, Dr Elizabeth Anthony draws upon her new book, The Compromise of Return, to plumb survivors’ experiences of re-rooting in a post-Nazi society.
Children are the primary victims of wars, armed conflicts, and genocides. They perish first and in disproportionately large numbers. Wars and genocides also destroy the family and family bonds, and that is so strikingly visible in the case of child survivors who are impacted for life with painful memories of the loss of parents, childhood, and community, and of displacement.
One of the main goals of the two-and-a-half-day international conference is to shed light on those topics and others, through comparative and transnational lenses. Our aim is not only to seek similarities and differences among cases but also to use one set of phenomena to understand the other.
The conference organisers are interested in innovative contributions which tackle various historical and contemporary case studies of children and war and genocide. Application for proposals are open until 31 March 2022.
The conference is hosted by the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Leibniz Institute of Contemporary History in cooperation with the Fritz Bauer Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London.
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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