On 23 February we welcomed special guests to the Library for the launch of our latest exhibition, Holocaust Letters. Our speakers for the evening included the Director of the Library Dr Toby Simpson, our Director of Research Dr Christine Schmidt, and those who have generously donated their own family’s Holocaust-era letters and curated a panel of the exhibition.
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A year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Wiener Holocaust Library appeals for support in resisting the weaponisation of history
One year ago, Russia invaded Ukraine, an independent and sovereign nation, justifying their aggression with spurious claims that they were “denazifying” the country. The Wiener Holocaust Library issued a statement at that time refuting the claims and condemning the abuse of the memory the Holocaust and the Nazi era as a weapon of war.
Remarkable exhibition entitled ‘Holocaust Letters’ at the Wiener Holocaust Library demonstrates how “the history of the Shoah is still being written”.
Correspondence shows how families exchanged messages across borders, in the midst of destruction – and reveals how much they understood about the genocide unfolding Etan Smallman At first glance, the […]
Swaminathan Natarajan “Why did they want to kill us? Why did they kill us?” asks Hinta Gheorghe, an 83-year-old Roma and Holocaust survivor. At the age of two, during World […]
This month the Library’s exhibition, ‘There Was a Time’: Jewish Family Photographs before 1939, will be restaged in Paris at UNESCO’s global headquarters.
The Wiener Holocaust Library has always stood firmly against Holocaust denial and distortion. We are the world’s oldest archive dedicated to the open study of the overwhelming documentary record of the Holocaust and we work hard to use our vast and unique collections to put the past at the service of the future.
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.
On Wednesday 23 November the Library hosted the Third Annual Alfred Wiener Holocaust Memorial Lecture at Gresham College. We were delighted that so many attended in-person or tuned in to watch this lecture.
This conference, postponed from 2021, follows six successful conferences, which took place at Imperial War Museum London in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and at Birkbeck, University of London and The Wiener Holocaust Library in 2018. It builds on areas previously investigated, and also opens up new fields of academic enquiry.