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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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

The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered - Exhibition Open Day

  • 2 November 2014 11am-2pm

The genocidal pogroms against the Sikh people in India in November 1984 left thousands dead. In many of the outer areas of the capital, New Delhi, whole neighbourhoods were wiped out. Women were raped in large numbers. Senior politicians of the Congress (I) party led mobs, assisted by the police and administration. Thirty years on no memorials exist to the dead and the perpetrators continue to enjoy complete impunity. But the silence is slowly breaking. Not just about the damage caused to the justice system, memory and language in India, but also about the individual and collective trauma that exists within Sikh communities across the world.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the Wiener Library is delighted to feature the work 1984: Jis tann lãgé soee jãné by photographer Gauri Gill. The images and texts from the artist's 1984 notebooks reflect upon the pogroms and their ongoing impact in India. The images are from the resettlement colonies of Trilokpuri, Tilak Vihar and Garhi - various sites across Delhi - as well as protest rallies in the city. The accompanying texts by leading artists, poets, filmmakers and writers from Delhi remark upon the event, via the images, in thoughtful ways.

The exhibition also contains photographs of the pogrom as it occurred in November 1984 itself, and are drawn from the work of Indian photographers, Ashok Vahie, Ram Rahman and Sondeep Shankar.

Contributors to this project include contemporary Indian artist Arpana Caur; Senior Advocate and Human Rights activist, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, academic Dr Navsharan Singh; eminent historian Dr Uma Chakravarti; prizewinning Canadian author Jaspreet Singh and Parvinder Singh of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The exhibition will be open between 29 October and 23 December 2014. A special weekend Open Day will be held on 2 November 2014 between 11am and 2pm, with a short period of silence and reflection for the victims of the pogrom to be observed at 12pm.

Admission to this event is free

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=157

himmler

The Normality of Terror: the Heinrich and Margarete Himmler Correspondence

  • 3 November 2014 6:30-9pm

After decades in which the correspondence was presumed to be lost, the private letters sent between Margarete and Heinrich Himmler have re-emerged and been published. The letters cover the period from 1928, when the pair first met, until April 1945. They expose the imperturbability of a German married couple who believed themselves to be taking part in an historic mission, seemingly incapable of recognising the enormity of their crimes. Historian and academic Professor Michael Wildt, who has worked closely with the letters, believes they are in no sense harmless and banal. Although genocide only emerges from the letters by insinuation, it does so in the language of petty-bourgeois hatred and violence toward Jews. As such they offer an unparalleled glimpse into the mentality of the most notorious and important perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Two days after the lecture, there will be a special non-commercial film screening at JW3 cinema, showing 'The Decent One', a documentary film based on the Himmler correspondence, directed by Vanessa Lapa.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=159

Elfriede Starer

My Story: Elfriede Starer

  • 4 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

We're delighted to welcome Kindertransportee Elfriede Starer as the second speaker in our Autumn 'My Story' series of personal histories. Elfriede will speak about the interlinked chain of events that led to her deportation to Poland from Germany. She will also discuss how, because of a tragedy in her family, Elfriede came to be eligible to come to England on an offshoot of the Kindertransport, six weeks before the war.

Refreshments provided.

The talk will be followed by an optional free tour of the Library's exhibition and basement archives. Just meet at reception at 1pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=161

himmler

Film Screening: The Decent One

  • 5 November 2014 8:30-10:30am

The Wiener Library is delighted to offer a non-commercial preview screening of Vanessa Lapa's documentary film 'The Decent One' in conjunction with the Pears Annual Lecture by Michael Wildt, 'The Normality of Terror: The Heinrich and Margarete Himmler Correspondence'. The lecture will take place at The Wiener Library on 3 November 2014, two days before the screening, which will take place at the JW3 cinema.

The film is a cinematic exploration of a recently rediscovered archive of personal papers belonging to Heinrich and Margarete Himmler. Described as "haunting and illuminating" by the New York Times, the film has already met with considerable critical acclaim in Germany and the United States and is due to be released in the UK later this year.

Admission to this event is free, but booking is essential as space is limited.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=162

deportation

Photographic Archives Workshop

  • 7 November 2014 12:30-1:30pm

As part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s arts programme, we’re delighted to be hosting a workshop on our photographic archives.

Led by our Photo Archivist, Marek Jaros, participants will explore the image collections of the Wiener Library and learn about their preservation, storage and digitisation. Additionally, Marek will lead a discussion on the use of images in Holocaust education as well as explaining issues surrounding access for researchers and publishers.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=167

archives tour

Explore Your Archives Tour: WW1 in the Wiener Library Archives

  • 11 November 2014 1-2pm

As part of the National Archives ‘Explore your Archive’ initiative, and to mark Armistice Day, our usual public Tuesday tour will focus on the First World War. The tour lasts for approximately 1 hour and will feature artefacts from the Wiener Library archives relating to the personal experiences of soldiers who fought for Germany during World War One.

Free but booking required due to limited places. Please gather in reception to begin the tour at 1pm.

If you're interested in bringing a group to the Library for a tour, please contact the Learning Team

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=163

humanitarian

Morality and Geopolitics: The challenge of humanitarian intervention

  • 12 November 2014 6:30-8pm

The terms of debate on humanitarian intervention in Britain shifted dramatically between the 2011 military intervention in Libya and parliament’s vote against intervention in Syria in August 2013. As Anne Perkins argued in the Guardian earlier this year ‘the full impact of the UK’s vote against intervention in Syria has yet to be felt’ in terms of Britain’s ability to intervene in international humanitarian crises. Where does this leave Britain in light of the commitment made as part of the Stockholm Declaration on the Holocaust, article 3 of which states that: ‘with humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, anti-semitism and xenophobia, the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils’?

This special lecture on the challenge of humanitarian intervention will be given by the Rt Hon Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College London, a post he has held since 1982. His most recent books are A Choice of Enemies: America confronts the Middle East (2009) and Strategy: A History (2013).

The event will be chaired by Phillipe Sands QC, barrister in the Matrix Chambers professor of international law at University College London.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=165

nazi flag raised

Book Launch: The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe by Martin Winstone

  • 20 November 2014 6:30-8pm

The General Government, the Nazi colony created out of Poland's historic core including Warsaw, Kraków and Lublin, was the principal 'racial laboratory' of the Third Reich and the central killing ground of the Holocaust. In this talk, based on his new book The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe: Nazi Rule in Poland under the General Government, Martin Winstone will discuss the tragic history of this outpost of the Nazi East where more than one million people were murdered in less than five months, whilst guidebooks invited German tourists to enjoy the culture and nightlife of cities 'now free of Jews'. Addressing such issues as the creation of ghettos, the nature of the killing process, the identity and motives of the perpetrators, and the reactions of both Jews and non-Jews, he will reveal how this history challenges many widely held preconceptions about Nazism.

Martin Winstone is an Education Officer for the Holocaust Educational Trust and the author of The Holocaust Sites of Europe: An Historical Guide.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=164

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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