By the end of the Second World War, millions of people had been murdered or displaced by war and genocide. Families and communities were torn apart. Many were missing, and some people’s fates remain unclear to this day.

Fate Unknown travelling exhibition
Fate Unknown travelling exhibition

Despite immense logistical challenges, a number of charities, such as the British Red Cross Society and the Jewish Relief Unit, attempted to help find missing people and reunite families. Their efforts came together what became known as the International Tracing Service (ITS) (now called the Arolsen Archives).

Co-curated by Dr Christine Schmidt and Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London), this exhibition tells the remarkable, little-known story of the agonising search for the missing after the Holocaust. Drawing upon The Wiener Holocaust Library’s family document collections and its digital copy of the ITS archive, one of the largest document collections related to the Holocaust in the world, the exhibition considers the legacy of the search for descendants of those affected by the Second World War, and the impact of fates unknown.

This travelling exhibition consists of four, double-sided pop-up banners. It is available to hire with a refundable deposit. The Library’s travelling exhibitions are easy to install and are designed especially for schools, organisations and institutions to educate and inform their own audiences regardless of space and budget.

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Use the following form to submit a booking request. After submitting, a member of our Learning Team will be in touch to confirm and arrange payment for the refundable deposit.

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