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Book Talk: I Seek a Kind Person, Julian Borger

In 1938, Jewish families were scrambling to get out Vienna. In desperation, children were advertised in the Manchester Guardian. The right words in the right order could mean the difference between life and death. I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts that Helped them Escape the Holocaust is a powerful and personal investigative memoir of survival and loss, spanning generations within families shaped by the long shadow of history.

Daniel Finkelstein in conversation with Debórah Dwork at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York

This special event hosted in partnership with the Centre for Jewish History will see British journalist and politician, Daniel Finkelstein OBE, in conversation with Prof Debórah Dwork in celebration of Two Roads Home: Hitler, Stalin and the Miraculous Survival of My Family, Daniel Finkelstein’s remarkable new book. Learn more about the legacy of the Wiener Library and the tragic personal histories embedded in its founding.

Their Finest Hour ‘Digital Collection Day’: A nationwide campaign to preserve Second World War and Nazi-era memories and artefacts

The Wiener Holocaust Library is looking for people to bring their stories and artefacts relating to the Second World War, the Nazi era and/or the Holocaust to a ‘Digital Collection Day’ on Friday 10 November (10am – 3pm). The event is part of a nationwide campaign organised by Their Finest Hour, a team based at the University of Oxford and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is collecting and preserving the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War.

Wiener Holocaust Library joins nationwide campaign to preserve Second World War and Nazi-era memories and artefacts

The Wiener Holocaust Library is looking for people to bring their stories and artefacts relating to the Second World War, the Nazi era and/or the Holocaust to a ‘Digital Collection Day’ on Friday 10 November (10am – 3pm).

The event is part of a nationwide campaign organised by Their Finest Hour, a team based at the University of Oxford and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is collecting and preserving the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War.

Hybrid Book Talk: The Box with the Sunflower Clasp – Jewish flight to Shanghai

As part of our Family History events series, the Library is pleased to host Rachel Meller talking about her first book, The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, which relates the flight of her aunt and grandparents from Nazi-run Vienna to the unlikely haven of Shanghai. She will describe the resilience and enterprise of the 20,000-strong Jewish community within the challenging surroundings of the war-torn Chinese port.

The Kerr Family in Flight

The Kerrs took refuge first in France, where they lived until 1936 before moving to London. Judith remained in Britain after the war and went on to study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts after winning a scholarship. She would go on to author many children’s books, including a trilogy of books about her experiences fleeing from Nazi Germany and living in France and then Britain, including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.   
Heritage Fund The Association of Jewish Refugees Federal Foreign Office
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