The Library offers a dedicated service to support Holocaust survivors and the descendants and relatives of Holocaust victims and survivors in conducting research on their families’ pasts. Our enquiries have ranged from survivors seeking documentation to support compensation and insurance claims, to those who have lived with only the outline of their family members’ experiences. Others have sought connections with living relatives and descendants in an attempt to repair the destruction of family ties by the Nazis and their allies during the Holocaust.
Since 2013, the Library has been the only point of access in the United Kingdom to the digital archive of the International Tracing Service (now Arolsen Archives), a collection of 30 million documents on over 17 million people whose lives were impacted by the events of the Second World War.
This free series will be led by The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Senior ITS Archive Researchers, who have expertise in helping family researchers interpret archives they find, and in connecting them with other institutions and organisations that can aid in their search. In partnership with Jewish genealogists and other archives and libraries, the series will explore the ethics of family research and the experience of diaspora and recovery often brought to the surface in the process of research.
Excavation-Confrontation-Repair? Family Histories of the Holocaust upcoming events:
Virtual Book Talk: Sephardi Holocaust Histories: Families Adrift. Wednesday 14 April 2021. 7-8pm.
Virtual Book Talk: The Ravine. Monday 10 May. 7-8pm.
A Family Reunion across Time and Space: Family Research at The Wiener Holocaust Library. Tuesday 27 October 2020.