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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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

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.
international womens day

International Women's Day Tour: Women in the Wiener Library Archives

  • 5 March 2015 12-1pm

To mark International Women's Day 2015, the Library is holding a special tour exploring the experiences of women within our archives. Researched and delivered by one of our volunteer tour guides, visitors will see and handle artefacts from the 1930s to present day exploring a selection of women's fascinating personal stories.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free but booking required due to limited places.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=188

rescues of the holocaust

Rescues of the Holocaust - Launch Event with Holocaust Survivor John Dobai

  • 10 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

To launch a new resource on the subject of rescue from The Wiener Library, Holocaust survivor John Dobai will speak about how he narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz in 1944 under the protection of the Swedish rescuer Raoul Wallenberg. John was only nine when the Nazis began mass deportations of Jews from Hungary. He continues to tell the story of what he witnessed to this day, visiting sixth forms across the country.

This event marks the launch of a resource developed by The Wiener Library to accompany its travelling exhibition: ‘Rescues of the Holocaust: Remembering Raoul Wallenberg and Lives Saved’. The resource consists of a booklet and PowerPoint presentation complementing the exhibition, including a selection of resources based on primary source material from the Library’s collection, a subject-specific bibliography and timeline, and points for discussion and further activities. The exhibition is freely available to hire from the Library and has already toured venues including: the Care Quality Commission, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy and the Wimbledon and District Reform Synagogue.

The Library hopes to facilitate teaching about rescue efforts during the Holocaust, in order to help to develop wider understanding of how and why a minority bravely resolved to rescue others despite the great risks involved. Rescue can teach a great deal about diversity, as rescuers came from many different walks of life. The ‘Rescues of the Holocaust’ travelling exhibition and new accompanying resource feature and explore several remarkable stories of notable rescuers, including: Raoul Wallenberg, Ida and Louise Cook, Irena Sendler, Bertha Bracey and Wilfrid Israel.

The launch event is open to the public, and will be of interest in particular to young people, students, teachers and educators who may wish to make use of the resource. Please note, however, that John requests that any young people attending should be aged 16 and over. This follows John’s own judgement about the best approach to giving his testimony. The talk will begin at 6.30pm and be followed by an informal reception and refreshments.

The ‘Rescues of the Holocaust’ resource, exhibition and launch event have all been made possible through the generous support of the Rivers Charitable Foundation.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=184

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Mark Gardner: 'Contemporary Antisemitism in Britain'

  • 23 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

This talk is the second in the Wiener Library's 2015 Lecture Series The New Jewish Question? The Holocaust, Israel, Antisemitism. To read more about this series please visit the News page on the Library's website.

Mark Gardner will discuss contemporary antisemitism, including developments from the 1990s to the present day and whether or not it is accurate to state that antisemitism is increasing. This will draw upon much of Mark’s own experience at CST, including the threat of antisemitic terrorism, the actuality of antisemitic race hate attack levels and the development of discourse against Jews and about Jewish issues.

Mark Gardner has worked full time for Community Security Trust (and its predecessor, Community Security Organisation) since 1989. Having been Director of Research, he is now Director of Communications and Deputy Director of Operations: positions he has held since 2005.

As Director of Communications, Mark plays a lead role in co-ordinating UK Jewish media and political responses on CST’s core issues of antisemitism, policing, security and terrorism. He is frequently quoted in Jewish, UK and international media; and speaks regularly at public meetings and conferences on these subjects.

Mark has represented CST and the Jewish community to Government and international bodies on numerous occasions, including the 2006 Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, and various European Union committees and anti-racism research projects. He was awarded a Metropolitan Police commendation for his advisory role on behalf of all London's minority communities during the Nazi nail bombing campaign of 1999.

Mark has authored many articles and CST reports on antisemitism, policing, security and terrorism.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=189

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Professor Stuart Foster with Dame Helen Hyde: 'Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust in School: Challenges and Issues for Contemporary Society’

  • 31 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

This event is the third event in The Wiener Library's Lecture Series The New Jewish Question? The Holocaust, Israel, Antisemitism.

Stuart Foster's presentation will draw on the results of two landmark research studies to explore key contemporary issues and challenges associated with teaching the Holocaust in English secondary schools. The first study (2009) offers fascinating insights into the perspectives and practice of more than 2,000 teachers. The second study (due to be published in June 2015) explores students’ knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust. It is the world’s largest study of its kind and involves more than 9,000 secondary school students. Together these two studies provide a compelling portrait of what is being taught and learned in our schools and raises important questions about the significance and meaning of the Holocaust in contemporary society. The presentation will be chaired by Dame Helen Hyde.

Stuart Foster has specialist knowledge and expertise in history education and is also Executive Director of the UCL Institute of Education's Centre for Holocaust Education. Stuart has worked at the IOE since 2001 and has taught across a broad range of courses and programmes. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Head of the Academic Department of Arts and Humanities.

Dame Helen Hyde was appointed as a member of the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission and Chair of its Expert Group for Education in 2014. Dame Helen has been a DfE Quality Assurance Advisor, visiting a variety of schools in various counties, an External Advisor to School Governors and an Executive Mentor to a number of Headteachers. Dame Helen sits on various committees on a local and governmental level.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=191

Jennifer Teege

Book Launch: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege

  • 9 April 2015 6:30-8pm

Jennifer Teege will be giving a talk about her forthcoming book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, soon to be published by Hodder & Stoughton. The book tells the compelling story of Jennifer, a mixed-race German woman with a family and a career in advertising who discovered a shocking truth about her family history.

Jennifer had been adopted as a child, and at the age of 38, she noticed a red book on a library shelf by complete chance. In it she recognised her biological mother's photograph, leading to the discovery that her biological grandfather was in fact the infamous Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth. This revelation turned her life upside-down, beginning a journey of self-discovery to Poland and to Israel, to pay homage to the people whose lives were taken or destroyed by her grandfather.

Goeth had overseen the clearing of the Krakow ghetto in 1943 and the brutal regime of the Plaszow camp. He was chillingly portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in Stephen Spielberg's classic film Schindler's List. In 1946, after the end of the Second World War, he was found guilty of genocide and war crimes and was hanged.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Admission is free, but booking is essential as space is limited.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=187

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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