This is an in-person event taking place at the Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May.

The Wiener Holocaust Library is home to the UK’s International Tracing Service digital archive, which holds millions of documents related to the Holocaust and Nazi era. The archive preserves the shared past of victims and survivors of the Holocaust and helps support family research of Nazi persecution. 

The Search Bureau for Missing Relatives was created in 1945 by the Jewish Agency for Palestine to help relatives find each other. It published lists of names in a weekly bulletin called “To the Near and Far” and broadcast names over the radio. 1957 © Central Zionist Archive

Our free, two-day programme includes the chance to view our pop-up exhibition, Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the archive. 

We welcome historians, archivists, family historians, heritage practitioners, and anyone interested in Jewish and Holocaust history and its aftermath.

Event Programme

I. Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust, Monday 23 May, 4-6pm

Join the co-curators of the Fate Unknown exhibition, Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt, who will explore the remarkable, little-known story of the search for the missing after the Holocaust. Fate Unknown draws upon the Library’s family document collections and the International Tracing Service archive to illustrate the legacy of the ongoing search for missing victims. 

Following their talk, a panel of distinguished speakers will discuss patterns of persecution and survival found in Jewish and other archives:

Elise Bath (Wiener Holocaust Library), on Roma and Sinti victims in the ITS archive; Niamh Hanrahan (University of Manchester), on humanitarian relief in Asia and Professor Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester), on the creation of the Archive of Memory, among other speakers.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.

II. Fate Unknown Travelling Exhibition Launch and Drinks Reception, Monday 23 May, 7-9pm

Take part in an exciting launch event that will feature talks by the co-curators, Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt, special guests, a drinks reception, and an opportunity to view the Fate Unknown travelling exhibition.

Speakers to be announced.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.

III. Family History Research Workshop, Tuesday 24 May, 10.30am-1pm

This workshop will help you take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service digital archive, including using sources freely available online. Join our Senior ITS Archive Team Manager, Elise Bath and ITS Researcher Ian Rich as they demonstrate the uses of this important archive.

The workshop will also feature family research support services available from Manchester-based partner organisations, soon to be announced. Bring along your family trees and research questions!

Participants will also have the chance to sign up for one-on-one consultations with The Wiener Holocaust Library’s expert researchers. Please indicate your interest at the registration link below.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.