The Wiener Library

The Wiener Library
29 Russell Square
London
Greater London
WC1B 5DP
England

Website

www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

E-mail

info@wienerlibrary.co.uk

Telephone

020 7636 7247

Fax

020 7436 6428

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The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. It provides a resource to oppose anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and racism.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 10.00-19.30

Closed: Bank Holidays
First day of Rosh Hashanah
First day of Yom Kippur
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Free entry to the public.
Photo ID and proof of address/letter of introduction required on first visit.
Only Members or Friends of the Library are permitted to borrow books.

Getting there

By tube:
•Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
•Goodge Street (Northern line)
•St Pancras International (Metropolitan, Northern, Circle, Victoria and Hammersmith & City lines)

By bus:
The following buses stop nearby:
7, 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188

Access:
We have recently moved to new premises in a historic location on Russell Square. At this time, access for some disabled people is limited and we encourage visitors to contact us in advance if they are concerned about access.
•The ground floor exhibition area is accessible only by a flight of five steps. We will be installing step-free access in Spring 2012. Once inside the building, all areas are accessible to wheelchairs via the lift.
•There are adapted toilets on the basement level.
•The nearest step-free underground station is King’s Cross, St Pancras.

The Wiener Library collects material related to the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. The Library has holdings of approx 65,000 items searchable online including books, pamphlets, periodicals and documents. The collection includes rare eye-witness accounts and an extensive press cuttings archive. The Library holds a photo archive of over 10,000 images, in the process of being digitised and made accessible through the website. Up to one third of the collection contains pre-war material and the Library continues to add to its collections.

Collection details

Archives, Photography, Religion, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Wiener Library

The Kaiser's Jewish Soldiers

  • 24 June — 8 October 2014 *on now

Some 100,000 German Jews donned military uniform and approximately 12,000 soldiers died fighting for the German Army between 1914 and 1918. The Holocaust has cast a long shadow over this moment in history, but for many Jews the experience of the First World War was not defined by antisemitism – which was also prevalent in other countries at the time including Britain – but rather by a profound sense of commitment to the German fatherland. The Jewish soldiers whose stories are told in this exhibition had remarkable experiences, performing surgery in Gallipoli, working with casualty dogs in the Ardennes, and setting up book stores on the Eastern Front. The exhibition will explore the lives and legacies of the Jews who served in the German army through the display of striking photographs, postcards, prints and books.
The launch will provide first chance to see these materials and hear from the German ambassador Dr Peter Ammon, who will speak about the significance of the Jewish experience of the First World War in Germany today.
Dr Toby Simpson, curator of the exhibition, said: “The commitment of German Jews to patriotic ideals during and after the First World War is particularly striking as we look back on this moment in history at a distance of 100 years. The later attempts of the Nazis to distort, and even obliterate the contribution of Jewish soldiers to the First World War make the survival and richness of these collections all the more poignant.”
The Library‟s Director, Ben Barkow, said: “The patriotism and attachment to the figure of the Kaiser that characterised so many German Jews - among them Dr Alfred Wiener, the founder of the Library - can appear bewildering to modern eyes, and is certainly poignant in light of subsequent history. Yet their wholehearted commitment to their homeland is fascinating to reflect on as people in Britain debate multi-culturalism and the need for „British values‟ among minority communities. Our exhibition pays tribute to the sacrifice made by Germany‟s Jews, and stimulates us to think about what a successful multi-ethnic society might look like.”
The exhibition runs from 24 June to 8 October 2014

To attend the launch, to obtain publicity images or to arrange an interview with Toby Simpson or Ben Barkow contact Neta Lavee at the Wiener Library
E: nlavee@wienerlibrary.co.uk T: 0207 636 7247

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/The%20Kaiser%E2%80%99s%20Jewish%20Soldiers:%20Loyalty,%20Identity,%20Betrayal

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
women in wiener library archives

Women in the Wiener Library Archives

  • 15 September 2014 2-3pm *on now

As part of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage programme, the Library is holding a special tour exploring the experiences of women within our archives. Researched and delivered by our three volunteer tour guides, visitors will see and handle artefacts from the 1930s up to present day relating to the incredible personal stories of women, particularly focusing on their role in resistance.

Free but booking required due to limited places.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

Free but booking required due to limited places.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=149

Eastern front

Jewish Communities in the Eastern War Zone

  • 18 September 2014 6:30-8pm

This talk by Dr Alexander Watson will examine the experience of Jewish communities that were caught up in the Eastern War Zone between the Central Powers and the Russian Empire. This talk is the second in a series of three lectures marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Watson's current research project is a new history of the First World War. Entitled Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918, the book tells the story of the twentieth century's first 'total conflict' from the perspectives of its instigators and losers. Presenting a mass of new archival research, it explains why Central Europeans fought so hard for so long, and explores how the conflagration changed them. It tells how the war destroyed individuals, their societies and states, ultimately bequeathing a legacy of suffering, bitterness and unredeemed sacrifice which paved the way for the twentieth century's later horrors. The book will be published by Penguin Press, UK and Basic Books, US

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=151

open house

Open House London 2014: The Wiener Library

  • 21 September 2014 1-4pm

The Wiener Library is delighted to be taking part in Open House London for the third year running. We’ll be open from 1pm – 4pm for you to explore our beautiful 18th Century townhouse which houses our new exhibition marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War ‘The Kaiser’s Jewish Soldiers: Loyalty, Identity, Betrayal’. There will also be half hourly behind-the-scenes tours of the basement archives, exploring some of the treasures held within our archive.

Free tea and biscuits.

No need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free, just pop by on the day

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=147

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Online Learning Materials

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/wls.aspx

A selection of the Wiener Library's unique stories and materials are now remotely accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about the Holocaust and the Nazi era. The site allows users to trace different topics interactively, as well as providing background information on connected themes. The materials currently include detailed information on 'Childhood under the Swastika', 'Helping the Survivors' and the fascinating story of German-Jewish factory owner Ludwig Neumann.

Creator

  • The Wiener Library

How to obtain

The Wiener Library Learning Materials are freely accessible to everyone via the Wiener Library website.

Getting there

By tube:
•Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
•Goodge Street (Northern line)
•St Pancras International (Metropolitan, Northern, Circle, Victoria and Hammersmith & City lines)

By bus:
The following buses stop nearby:
7, 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188

Access:
We have recently moved to new premises in a historic location on Russell Square. At this time, access for some disabled people is limited and we encourage visitors to contact us in advance if they are concerned about access.
•The ground floor exhibition area is accessible only by a flight of five steps. We will be installing step-free access in Spring 2012. Once inside the building, all areas are accessible to wheelchairs via the lift.
•There are adapted toilets on the basement level.
•The nearest step-free underground station is King’s Cross, St Pancras.

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