The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide


The Wiener Library has a wealth of material across all our collections on refugees from the Nazis.  Many of our document collections were donated by former refugees, detailing the process of emigration and their lives as “friendly aliens” in Britain and elsewhere.

Our printed collections hold contemporary pamphlets for, about and against refugees as well as secondary literature regarding government policy and German-Jewish cultural life in Britain.  In our periodicals collection we have newsletters published by refugee communities across the world, and we host Refugee Voices, a collection of 150 interviews of refugees and survivors in Britain.

In The Wiener Library's Collections

Publications, interviews, unpublished memoirs, photographs, journals and documents related to refugees can be found on our catalogue by searching for ‘Refugees'.

You might also be interested in searching for the following subjects:

  • Exile
  • Survivors
  • Kindertransport (See subject guide)
  • Kitchener Camp
  • Internment

In the Wolfson Reading Room

Any material located in your catalogue search can be consulted in the Wolfson Reading Room.  In addition, you may wish to:

  • Watch and read the transcripts of audio-visual interviews (in English) included in:
  • The Association of Jewish Refugees, Refugee Voices
  • The Girls Project
  • Browse books on open access in the section ‘S' for Refugees
  • Consult our Press Cuttings - ask the Librarian at the Enquiry Desk.

Any further questions? Ask a Librarian

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us in the Wolfson Reading Room, by calling 020 7636 7247, or send us a message via the contact form.