This workshop marks 81 years since that decree and yet little is known about the genocide carried out against the Roma and Sinti communities of Europe by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second World War. Referred to as ‘the forgotten Holocaust’ by Professor Eve Rosenhaft, this workshop draws upon The Wiener Holocaust Library’s collections of material on the genocide to uncover the story of this understudied aspect of Nazi persecution.
In his presentation Zoltán Kékesi talks about his work with the Final Account collection and focuses on one particular aspect: “Watching the interviews, I was struck by how vividly men and women late in their life remembered songs from a remote past, and by the range of emotional responses they exhibited when asked about them: from zest to shame, from remorse to nostalgia. Even when they refused to sing, songs took interviewees back in time; and with the songs came a multitude of experiences and personal stories.”
During the First World War, nearly 300.000 refugees and prisoners of war were displaced to Turkestan, which brought the local population into direct contact with a conflict that was being waged thousands of miles away in Russia’s Western borderlands and on the Caucasus front. After the end of the war and the collapse of the Russian Empire, Central Asia once again became host to refugees fleeing catastrophe in Soviet Russia. In 1921, when famine struck the Volga region, the Soviet government transported thousands of people to remote parts of the nascent USSR.
Holocaust education charity Learning from the Righteous and Finchley Reform Synagogue’s HMD Group are honoured to help fulfil the family’s wish that Jenny’s work continues to provoke reflection and are pleased to present this travelling exhibition suitable for schools, colleges and communal spaces where each shoe exhibited bears witness to a life cut short. Join us for the launch of the exhibition at this evening event at The Wiener Holocaust Library.
The Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg, the Wiener Holocaust Library London and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester are pleased to co-host a virtual lecture for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024. The event is organised in response to the 2024 HMD theme “The Fragility of Freedom” which invites us to consider the erosion of freedom by perpetrator regimes, including key rights such as freedom as expression, of religion and of movement.
During the Second World War, a coalition of international aid organizations provided important humanitarian aid to the Jewish and non-Jewish internees in the internment camps of Unoccupied France from 1939 onward. That humanitarian aid extended through the summer and autumn of 1942, when the deportations to Auschwitz via Drancy began.