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Heritage Minister visits very important collection

The Wiener Library today welcomed Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey MP to our new premises in Russell Square. The Minister was shown around the Library, the current Kindertransport Exhibition and our unique and vital collection by Director Ben Barkow and Trustee David Lewis.

Ben Barkow, Director, said:

“Being able to show the Minister key items in our collection and showcase our outreach and learning activity was of great importance to us. In our 80th year, and as the generation of Holocaust survivors and refugees passes away, we made it clear that The Wiener Library’s role in Holocaust education and remembrance is only going to intensify.”

In June this year, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced that The Wiener Library had successfully secured a Catalyst:Endowment. Our ‘Match a Million’ campaign aims to raise £1million and every £1 donated will be matched by £1 from the HLF to sustain The Wiener Library’s highly regarded Learning and Outreach activity for many years to come.

Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey MP, said:

“I was fascinated by the exhibition, documents and archive I was shown today and struck by the extraordinary potential of the collections as an educational tool for understanding the legacy of the Holocaust. The Wiener Library is home to a very important collection, not only as a vital heritage asset for the UK but as a warning from history and signpost to a better future."

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Added: Thursday 10th October, 2013