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UK Government Announces Support for Wiener Library 'Testifying to the Truth' Project

As part of £1.5 million in funding announced by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Wiener Library has been granted £100,000 to preserve and make accessible its invaluable collections of Holocaust eyewitness testimonies.

This funding will facilitate the expansion of current work to translate, fully catalogue and digitally preserve the unique collection of eyewitness testimonies gathered by Wiener Library staff in the 1950s. 

The project was the initiative of Eva Reichmann (pictured), head of research at the Library from the end of the war until the 1960s. The intention was to acquire as many reports as possible from those who had lived through the period. Advertisements were placed in the British press, and later in the European press, for eyewitnesses to come forward. Some 1,300 submissions were collected at a time when relatively few people were actively gathering evidence of the Holocaust from the perspective of survivors. You can read more about the collection here.

We are hugely grateful for this injection of funding for the Library's crucial digitisation and translation work, which will help ensure that the voices of earlier generations of survivors will not be forgotten.

Edited: Friday 12th May, 2016

Added: Friday 10th April, 2015