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Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today

The arrest, trial and imprisonment of Jewish French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus on false charges of espionage became a sensation in the 1890s in France and across Europe, galvanising both antisemites and their opponents. This exhibition draws upon the archives of The Wiener Holocaust Library to explore some of the individuals, organisations and campaigns that have fought back against antisemitism in France, Britain and Germany since this critical moment.

Open House London 2023: Weekend opening on Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September

We are delighted to announce that the Wiener Holocaust Library is participating in this year’s Open House Festival. The Open House Festival offers an opportunity for people to visit and gain access to a significant number of buildings, landscapes and neighbourhoods across London. As the world’s oldest Holocaust archive and Britain’s largest, this event gives the opportunity for visitors to enter and explore the Library and its collections.

The Gathering Storm

1 February 1923 From Munich’s Dark Days… Hitler’s flag-raising ceremony is over[1]. He was unable to carry out his threats against the Parliament, the government and the Jews. There is […]

The Wiener Holocaust Library at 90: Spotlight on Digitisation

As we mark our 90th anniversary, we recognise that although the Library is an institution rooted in the past, we remain oriented towards the future. In the spirit of modernisation, in the 2020s the Library has embarked on a major digitisation project in order to conserve, and make even more accessible, our unique collections.

‘I am sitting on a dead branch’: Dr Hedwig Leibetseder’s letters from Lichtenburg

In 1936, Dr Hedwig Leibetseder (née Abranowicz 1900-1989) jumped from the rear window on the 5th floor of no. 14 Düsseldorfer Strasse in Berlin.  She had just travelled to Prague to retrieve a microphotography copy of the indictment of the first trial against Neu Beginnen, the anti-Nazi resistance group to which she belonged, but the Gestapo were lying in wait to seize the document upon her return. 

Refugees, Family Papers, and the Value of Shifting Our Perspective

On 23 November Professor Marion Kaplan delivered a fascinating talk at the Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial Lecture, hosted by Gresham College in London. She spoke to a full and captivated audience on the subject of ‘Lives in Limbo: Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940-1945’.

Professor Kaplan vividly described the experiences of the tens of thousands of Jews who pursued this perilous but exceptional escape route out of Nazi-occupied Europe at the height of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Heritage Fund The Association of Jewish Refugees Federal Foreign Office
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