The Wiener Library

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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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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 antisemitism 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:
In 2011 the Library moved to new premises in a historic location in Russell Square.
• There is a disabled lift outside of the building, and once inside the building, all floors are accessible via the indoor 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.
Flyer for upcoming Wiener Library exhibition

On British Soil: Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands

  • 19 October 2017 — 9 February 2018

During the German occupation of the Channel Islands 1940–1945, many thousands of people were persecuted, including slave labourers, political prisoners and Jews. Their story has been largely omitted from a British narrative of ‘standing alone’ against Nazism and celebrations of British victory over Germany.

This exhibition tells the stories of these persecuted, drawing upon The Wiener Library’s rich archival collections, files recently released by The National Archives, and items belonging to the victims of Nazi persecution themselves.

From the experiences of a young Jewish woman living quietly on a farm in Guernsey and later deported to Auschwitz, to those of a Spanish forced labourer in Alderney, and the story of a man from Guernsey whose death in a German prison camp remained unknown to his family for over 70 years, this exhibition highlights the lives of the persecuted, and the post-war struggle to obtain recognition of their suffering.

Produced in collaboration with Dr. Gilly Carr of Cambridge University, and with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/?unique_name=On-British-Soil

Frank Falla’s briefcase © Gilly Carr

Frank Falla versus the Foreign Office: the Fight for Compensation for Victims of Nazi Persecution

  • 7 November 2017 6:30-8pm

In this lecture, Dr Gilly Carr will explore the campaign by former political prisoner Frank Falla to obtain compensation for Nazi persecution. In 1964, the West German government awarded one million pounds as compensation for British victims of Nazi persecution. Falla, a Guernsey resident sent to Frankfurt and Naumburg prisons for working on underground newsletter 'GUNS', was the Channel Islands' 'unofficial official' in helping his fellow former prisoners in their applications. But the Foreign Office, who administered the claims, were not always as sympathetic as Falla might have hoped.

Dr Gilly Carr, the co-curator of The Wiener Library’s On British Soil exhibition, has conducted extensive research in The National Archives Nazi compensation claims files, which were only released in 2016. Dr Carr is a University Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. She has worked in the field of Conflict Archaeology, Heritage Studies and POW Archaeology since 2006. Amongst her more than 60 publications are Legacies of Occupation: Archaeology, Heritage and Memory in the Channel Islands (2014) and, with Paul Sanders and Louise Willmot, Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands, 1940-1945 (2014).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free admission. Registration via The Wiener Library website essential

Website

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/?unique_name=Whats-On&item=349

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.
Book cover for 'Goodbye Berlin': group of black and white photograph of some young children with book title

Book Talk: Goodbye Berlin

  • 18 October 2017 6:30-8pm

24th of March 1939 was a poignant day for twelve-year-old Gerald Wiener. He was on a train pulling out of Berlin and he was on his way to the UK to escape persecution in Nazi Germany. He was one of the thousands of unaccompanied children saved by the Kindertransport. Looked after by two sisters in Oxford, his abilities as a scholar became apparent, and from an early age, he was set on the road to academic achievement.

In Goodbye Berlin, Margaret M. Dunlop traces the life of her husband, Gerald Wiener, and explores how one man’s life and achievements mirror the great events of the second half of the twentieth century and the opening years of the new millennium.

Admission

Free admission, registration via The Wiener Library website essential.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=341

The Wiener Library Document Section 532

The Vilnius Komitet and the Destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1941

  • 25 October 2017 6:30-8pm

The Library is pleased to partner with the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies in welcoming Miriam Schulz to present her recent publication Before The Bow That Was Drawn: The Vilnius Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41 - a pioneering study of the very first Jewish historical committee in Eastern Europe documenting the destruction of Jewish communities in Poland since September 1939. Her study is based on The Wiener Library collection of reports and statements on the persecution of the Jews in Poland.

In November 1939, a group of 60 Jewish journalists and writers, refugees from recently occupied Poland, founded the Komitet tsu zamlen materialn vegn yidishn khurbn in Poyln 1939 (Committee to Collect Documents on the Destruction of Polish Jewry 1939) in still independent Vilnius. Without delay, they embarked on a mission to gather documents and eye-witness accounts about the destruction of Polish Jewry until June 1941––when the Wehrmacht invaded Lithuania and killed leading members of the Committee. Miriam Schulz will present the history and legacy of this committee

Admission

Free admission, registration via The Wiener Library website essential

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=345

Film poster for Regina

Film Screening: Regina

  • 26 October 2017 6:30-8pm

The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Regina Jonas (1902-1944) made history by becoming the world's first woman rabbi. Constructed from a single surviving photograph, using archival materials, this poetic documentary of devotion, faith, and struggle is set in 1930s Berlin when Orthodox Jewish laws prevented women from ordination. It is perhaps fate’s irony that Regina officially receives her synagogue commissions just as her rabbi colleagues are emigrating or arrested. At age 37, she met the love of her life, Rabbi Josef Norden; only their love letters survived the Holocaust.

Regina won the Lia Award for Jewish Heritage at 30th Jerusalem Film Festival in 2013.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission. Registration via The Wiener Library website essential.

Website

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=346

Book cover for Rachel Century's 'Female Administrators of the Third Reich'

Book Launch: Female Administrators of the Third Reich

  • 31 October 2017 6-7:30pm

The Library is pleased to partner with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to launch Dr Rachel Century’s new book, Female Administrators of the Third Reich, published by Palgrave Macmillan UK.

This book compares female administrators who specifically chose to serve the Nazi cause in voluntary roles with those who took on such work as a progression of established careers. Under the Nazi regime, secretaries, SS-Helferinnen (female auxiliaries for the SS) and Nachrichtenhelferinnen des Heeres (female auxiliaries for the army) held similar jobs: taking dictation, answering telephones, sending telegrams. Yet their backgrounds and degree of commitment to Nazi ideology differed markedly. Century explores their motivations and what they knew about the true nature of their work. These women had access to information about the administration of the Holocaust and are a relatively untapped resource. Their recollections shed light on the lives, love lives, and work of their superiors, and the tasks that contributed to the displacement, deportation and death of millions. The question of how gender intersected with Nazism, repression, atrocity and genocide forms the conceptual thread of this book.

Dr Rachel Century is the HMD Development Manager for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She completed her doctorate in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, specifically focusing on the female administrative workers of the Third Reich. In addition, she has an MA in Holocaust Studies from UCL and is a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free admission, reserve tickets via The Wiener Library website

Website

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=338

Book cover for The Addis Ababa Massacre

The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy's National Shame

  • 1 November 2017 6:30-8pm

In February 1937, following an abortive attack by a handful of insurgents on Mussolini’s High Command in Italian-occupied Ethiopia, ‘repression squads’ of armed Blackshirts and Fascist civilians were unleashed on the defenceless residents of Addis Ababa. In three terror-filled days and nights of arson, murder and looting, thousands of innocent and unsuspecting men, women and children were roasted alive, shot, bludgeoned, stabbed to death, or blown to pieces with hand-grenades. Meanwhile the notorious Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani, infamous for his atrocities in Libya, took the opportunity to add to the carnage by eliminating the intelligentsia and nobility of the ancient Ethiopian empire in a pogrom that swept across the land.

In a richly illustrated and ground-breaking work backed up by meticulous scholarly research, Ian Campbell reconstructs and analyses one of Fascist Italy’s least known atrocities, which he estimates eliminated 19-20 per cent of the capital’s population. He exposes the hitherto little-known cover-up conducted at the highest levels of the British government, which enabled the facts of one of the most hideous civilian massacres of all time to be concealed, and the perpetrators to walk free.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission free but registration via The Wiener Library website essential

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=342

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:
In 2011 the Library moved to new premises in a historic location in Russell Square.
• There is a disabled lift outside of the building, and once inside the building, all floors are accessible via the indoor lift.
• There are adapted toilets on the basement level.
• The nearest step-free underground station is King’s Cross, St Pancras.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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