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Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map - A New Digital Resource

The Wiener Library’s new digital resource, ‘Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map’, has been developed as part of the Library’s four-year outreach project Keeping Truth Alive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Library’s refugee family papers are among its most valuable educational and research resources, and that is why we have made great efforts to bring these materials to a wider audience, especially those who are not able to travel to the Library. 

Thanks to the effort of Wiener Library staff, interns, and volunteers, we have selected, digitised, and uploaded over 350 collections for inclusion in the map. This digital resource will allow everybody who has access to an online device the opportunity to browse and search a wide selection of The Wiener Library's collections of refugee family papers as well as clips from the AJR Refugee Voices audio-visual archive. Several hundreds of these collections have been donated to the Library over the years by Jewish refugees and their families, who escaped Nazi antisemitic persecution by emigrating from Germany and other Nazi-dominated countries, including Poland, Austria, and France. 

To celebrate the launch of ‘Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map’ we will be curating a temporary exhibition that showcases a selection of the original materials that have recently been scanned for inclusion on the map. This exhibition will run for three months from the week of Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, highlighting the history of the Jewish communities of cities that feature prominently on the digital map.

We will continue to add new collections to this resource on a regular basis as we accession and catalogue new donations. With help from new and existing translation volunteers, we will continue to add new translations of primarily German-language documents, including correspondence, legal documents, and manuscript materials. Another way to participate is to determine the contemporary map coordinates for the historical addresses of families represented on the map, so we can improve the accuracy of where we place their collections. Read our blog post, Mapping Historical Addresses - Breslau, to learn more. In addition, we welcome any feedback you may have on the descriptions of individuals, families, and communities represented in these collections, as we work to improve and enhance this resource and the corresponding catalogue records. If you have found any errors or know any additional information that would be helpful to those using this resource, please email us at

Added: Thursday 29th January, 2015