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 The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.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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Book Launch: The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe by Martin Winstone

  • 20 November 2014 6:30-8pm *on now

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

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Institute of Modern Languages Research Training Seminar

  • 21 November 2014 9:30am-3pm

Archive Skills training with the Wiener Library's longstanding archivist Howard Falksohn. This training session will begin at 10am and last until approximately 12pm. It will help students acquire skills to locate archival material on subjects including: the Holocaust, twentieth-century German history and European Jewish culture. It will also provide skills to access these materials and make use of their content.

The session will be followed at by an optional tour of the Wiener Library. This begins with a group tour of the Library's photography exhibition about the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom in India, following on a tour of the Wolfson Reading Room. After this there will also be an opportunity for smaller groups to visit the library collections in the basement.

Lunch will be followed by a seminar at 2pm led by Dr. Toby Simpson (Wiener Library). The seminar will focus on the November Pogrom of 1938.

For further information see: http://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/research-training/igrs-programme.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=158

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The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation

  • 26 November 2014 6:30-8:30pm

This event will bring prize-winning American author Louise Steinman together in conversation with historian of the Holocaust in Poland, Dr Joanna Michlic. In the winter of 2000 Louise set out to Auschwitz to learn more about the ancestors that were killed in Holocaust in Poland. Her research led her to her grandparent's town of Radomsko, where eighteen thousand Jews were deported or shot during the occupation. Her book describes the process of uncovering the past of the lost community of Jews of the town, and questions what reconciliation means in the context of Polish and Jewish life today.

Louise Steinman is the author of the award-winning memoir The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War and The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance. She curates the ALOUD literary and performance series for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and codirects the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California.

Joanna Michlic, Lecturer in Contemporary History at Bristol University, is an historian whose research has focused on the Holocaust in Poland in its social and cultural dimensions. She is particularly interested in areas relating to gender, childhood, and individual and collective memories of traumatic and dark pasts, such as in the case of the Holocaust. Her most recent edited essay collection (with John-Paul Himka of Alberta University, Canada) Bringing the Dark to Light: The Memory of the Holocaust in Post-communist Europe captures the diverse and dynamic ways in which the Holocaust has been remembered and interpreted in post-communist countries.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free but booking essential as space is limited

Website

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=155

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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