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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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

Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

  • 15 January 2015 6:30-8pm

Glenn Kurtz, the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, will be coming to The Wiener Library discuss his book, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November 2014. This special talk will include a screening of the family film footage that inspired the book.
The book concerns a 16mm, colour family film shot by the author's grandfather in 1938 in the small Polish town of Nasielsk. Of the town's three thousand Jews, fewer than one hundred survived the Holocaust. In the course of researching the book, the author met a man who appeared in the film as a 13 year old boy. This man became the book's 'Rosetta stone', in the words of the author, allowing a process by which the history of this lost world began to emerge.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is free, but booking is essential due to limited places.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=173

camera man

Film Screening: Night Will Fall

  • 21 January 2015 6:30-8:30pm

This special screening of Night Will Fall will be introduced by the film's acclaimed Director Andre Singer and Executive Producer Richard Melman. Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration camps, which will be widely commemorated across the world in this 70th anniversary year. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the Allies encountered in 1945.

The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now, 70 years on, has it been completed.

Andre Singer has been a documentary filmmaker for over forty years. He ran the BBC Documentary Department's Independent Unit in the 1990s where he founded the award-winning documentary strand Fine Cut (now Storyville). Andre was the Executive Prodcuer of the 2014 BAFTA-award winning and Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing.

Richard Melman became a Producer and Director making films for the BBC, Channel 4 and other major broadcasters, inclduing the BAFTA nominated series 'Cold War' commissioned by Ted Turner for CNN. He was one of the instigators and then Channel Director for Artsworld (now Sky Arts) and Channels Director and Head of Programming in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission is free, but booking is essential due to limited places.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=174

stephanie shirley

Let it Go: Dame Stephanie Shirley

  • 26 January 2015 6:30-8pm

Dame Stephanie Shirley will be delivering a special talk at The Wiener Library in the week of Holocaust Memorial Day. Dame Stephanie will discuss in particular the story of her life and her experience as a child refugee from Nazism. She has recently published an autobiography Let it Go: The Story of an Entrepreneur Turned Ardent Philanthropist. The book goes back to her childhood memories of being sent away at the age of five to escape the Nazis, on one of the last Kindertransport trains out of Europe.

As a young refugee, Stephanie Shirley found love and acceptance with an English foster family, and vowed that she would repay them by living 'a life worth saving'. Dame Stephanie's subsequent career - which included breaking through barriers of sexism in the workplace to build a leading software company, and providing national leadership in championing charitable giving - was in many ways defined by these childhood experiences.

Dame Stephanie's talk at The Wiener Library will tell a moving and uplifting life story of survival and success that will provide valuable inspiration as we enter the 70th anniversary year of the liberation of the Nazi camps and ghettos.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Attendance at this event is free but booking is essential as space is limited.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=175

holocaust memorial day

How useful is social media for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive?

  • 28 January 2015 6-7pm

If you’re aged 16-25 we’re inviting you to attend our annual social media debate at the Library on Wednesday 28 January 2015. As part of our Holocaust Memorial Day event programme, the debate is hosted by the Wiener Library’s Young Volunteers and we will be discussing the following question:


How useful is social media for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive?

We’ll be live-tweeting the discussion using the hashtag #WLdebate, so join in the discussion online. We’ll be discussing and responding to the tweets we receive during the debate.

Refreshments will be served.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 18+

Admission

Free but limited places so please email kjackson@wienerlibrary.co.uk to register.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=171

Bea Green

My Story: Bea Green

  • 3 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm

We're delighted to welcome Kindertransportee, Bea Green, to speak about her life as part of our 'My Story' programme of personal histories.

Bea remembers witnessing the aftermath of a brutal attack on her father in 1933. She later escaped on the Kindertransport in June 1939 and was fostered by a family in Winchester. Bea will talk about her life in detail at the event.

Refreshments served from 11am.

There is an optional free public tour of the Library and archives at 1pm. Meet at reception.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free but booking required due to limited places.

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=172

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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