The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Leave a Legacy

Dr Alfred Wiener created a lasting legacy

Dr Alfred Wiener at his home in Golders Green, London, 1950s.

Dr Alfred Wiener at his home in Golders Green, London, 1950s.

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From 1919 Dr Alfred Wiener worked against the rising tide of right-wing extremism across Europe. His work setting up the Jewish Central Information Office (JCIO) and subsequently making these resources available to the British government, was unprecedented and far-reaching. After the war the JCIO adopted the name Wiener Library as Dr Wiener recast it as a place of learning and memory. Today the Library is the most important resource in Britain for serious study of the Nazi era and the Holocaust, and is increasingly seen as an indispensable collection relating to the history of other genocides. The Library plays a crucial role both as a public repository of evidence, and as a hub for researchers, educators and activists opposing genocide, racism, religious intolerance and political extremism. Dr Wiener’s legacy lives on...

… what might your legacy be?

How your legacy could make a difference

Alfred Kessler, Kindertransportee and Sarah Putz, Acquisitions Librarian in the Wolfson Reading Room

Alfred Kessler, Kindertransportee and Sarah Putz, Acquisitions Librarian in the Wolfson Reading Room

Absolutely anyone can make a gift in their will to The Wiener Library and it is an extraordinarily valuable way of supporting our work.  The Wiener Library is a registered charity and, with no taxpayer funding, we depend for our continued existence on the voluntary support of individuals and organisations.  Your legacy gift can help us rise to the challenges of the future, ensuring the Library is able to create ever greater access to our collections through our unique combination of teaching, exhibitions, research and outstanding resources.

Here are just some of the ways your legacy could help us:

Safeguard our collections - Keeping original material safe and intact for the future is essential. Your donation could cover the cost of conserving fragile historic pamphlets or digitally preserving precious original documents.

Inspire the next generation - Our public education and outreach programme enables hundreds of visitors, young and old, to visit and experience this unique institution every year. Your gift could enable more workshops and activities at schools and community groups, or put on a major exhibition at the Library.

How do I leave a legacy to The Wiener Library?

We strongly recommend that you seek independent legal advice when writing your will to ensure it is legally valid and reflects your intentions. If you have already made your will and you decide you would like to leave a legacy to the Library, we suggest you speak to your solicitor about using a codicil form. This allows you to make amendments to your will without having to rewrite the whole will.

Leaving a part or your entire estate to charity can reduce, and in some situations, eliminate the Inheritance Tax liability. If you leave something to charity in your will, then it won’t count towards the total taxable value of your estate. This is called leaving a ‘charitable legacy’.  You can also cut the Inheritance Tax rate on the rest of your estate from 40% to 36%, if you leave at least 10% of your ‘net estate’ to a charity.

There are different options you may wish to consider:

Residuary legacy: A gift of the remainder of your estate, or a percentage (after all debts, taxes and expenses and other bequests have been made). Residuary legacies keep pace with inflation and are an effective way to divide the value of an estate between a number of people and causes.

Pecuniary legacy: This is a fixed sum of money decided by you.

When including a legacy to The Wiener Library it is very important to include our correct full name, our exempt charity reference 313015 and the correct registered address:
The Wiener Library
29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

Get in touch

If you would like further information on legacy giving please contact the Development Coordinator at The Wiener Library on 020 7636 7247 or development [at] wienerlibrary.co.uk.

Or write to the Development Coordinator at
FREEPOST RSTE-SSXY-ZTLT
The Wiener Library
29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

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