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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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

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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