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The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. Please join us for a 90 minute tour around the stores and Reading Room, with a chance to see some interesting items from the collections followed by a Q&A session.

23/05/2019
When: 23/05/2019
10:30
Where: The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
London, Greater London  WC1B 5DP
United Kingdom


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GIG Visit to the Wiener Library  

 

Thursday 23rd May 10:30-12:00

 

The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era.  Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. Please join us for a 90 minute tour around the stores and Reading Room, with a chance to see some interesting items from the collections followed by a Q&A session.

www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

The Wiener Library traces its roots back to Germany in the 1920s. Dr Alfred Wiener, a German Jew, having fought in WWI, returned to Germany in 1919 and was horrified at the surge of right-wing antisemitism, which blamed Jews for the defeat. Dr Wiener worked with the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith to combat antisemitism, writing, lobbying and speaking publicly. From 1925 (the year Hitler published Mein Kampf) he perceived a greater threat from the Nazi Party than any other antisemitic group or party. Under his influence an archive was started just to collect information about the Nazis, which formed the basis of campaigns to undermine their activities. Dr Wiener and his family fled Germany in 1933 and settled in Amsterdam.  Dr Wiener’s first archive is believed to have been destroyed. Later that year he set up the Jewish Central Information Office at the request of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association.  The JCIO essentially continued the work of the earlier archive. Following the November Pogrom of 1938, Wiener prepared to bring his collection to the UK. It arrived the following summer and is believed to have opened on the day the Nazis invaded Poland.

Today, the collection is among the largest and most respected in the world and continues to grow. In 2011 it moved to new premises in Russell Square and began a programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve access and open its collections to the widest possible audience. 

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