The Library’s refugee family papers and audio testimonies are among its most valuable educational and research resources, and that is why we have made great efforts to bring these materials to our online audiences, especially those who are not able to visit the Library in person.
Originally developed in 2014, our digital map enabled users to browse and search a wide selection of The Wiener Library’s collections of refugee family papers as well as extensive clips from the AJR Refugee Voices audio-visual archive. Hundreds of these collections have been donated to the Library over the years by Jewish refugees and their families, who escaped Nazi antisemitic persecution by emigrating from Germany and other Nazi-dominated countries, including Poland, Austria, and France.
In 2020, The Wiener Holocaust Library was awarded a generous grant from Arts Council England‘s Designated Development Funding towards improving and access to our collections and re-developing this important resource. This process includes cataloguing and conservation of the collections, increasing engagement and learning through exhibitions and events, digitisation and redevelopment of the map itself.
Whilst redevelopment is ungoing this resource is temporarily unavailable. We thank you for your support and encourage you to sign up to our newsletter below to receive updates.
Picturing Refugee Families, Helen Lewandowski, 3 September 2020.