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The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide Gains National Quality Accolade, Issues Call for Personal Collections

Posted by Leah Sidebotham, Monday 20th November, 2017


The Wiener Library is proud to announce that we have been officially awarded Designated status by the Arts Council England, in recognition of the outstanding quality of our collections, our extensive public engagement programme and our sensitive handling of a very challenging subject matter. All The Wiener Library’s collections have been recognised.

We hope that this Designation, which identifies the pre-eminent collections of national importance held in England’s non-national museums, libraries and archives, will assist in our mission to actively rescue evidence of the Holocaust and other genocides for future generations.

Ben Barkow, Director, commented: “Achieving this prestigious recognition for the collections of The Wiener Library is a source of immense pride for the Trustees, the team, our volunteers and all our many supporters. Designation of our collections will hopefully encourage the families of survivors and refugees to consider donating their archives, safe in the knowledge that the Library is the pre-eminent holder of such materials in the UK – truly the UK’s Holocaust Library. We are so grateful to the Arts Council for this award, which enables us to look to the future with confidence and hope.”

We are grateful that the unique nature of The Wiener Library’s collection has been formally recognised. As Britain’s national archive on the Holocaust, we hold a number of items which cannot be examined elsewhere. In addition to our family papers, our rare holdings include the collection of Tarnschriften (camouflaged anti-Nazi writings), which are the largest collection of its kind outside of Germany, and our collection of material relating to British fascism, which make the Library an indispensible resource for researchers.

We recognise that this accolade could not have been achieved without the support of the wider public. We are keenly aware that as Holocaust survivors and refugees age and their legacy shifts to the next generation, the time to collect first-hand evidence about the Holocaust is quickly passing. We are therefore eager to accept donations of family papers while it is still possible to capture information about the origins of the material and are grateful to those who have already done so.

We urge supporters to search their attics for printed materials to fill gaps in our collections. Exile and refugee newsletters from around the world, as well as circulars published in internment and Displaced Persons camps are of particular interest to us.

The Wiener Library is committed to the promotion of its remarkable collection, for the enjoyment of generations to come. Nevertheless we need your support to fulfil our vision for the future - to collect, preserve and share our archive with the world.


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