The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Competitions & Prizes

The Wiener Library is constantly looking for new ways to promote learning about the Holocaust and genocide and to reward excellence in related fields of the arts and sciences. Please sign up to our newsletter to keep track of our latest activities, or contact if you are interested in running a competition or awarding a prize in partnership with us.

The Wiener Library Ernst Fraenkel Prize

The Wiener Library Translation Competition (closed) 

International Artists' Book Competition and Exhibition (closed)

Creative Writing Competition (closed)

Ernst Fraenkel at The Wiener Library, c. 1998

Ernst Fraenkel at The Wiener Library, c. 1998

The Wiener Library Ernst Fraenkel Prize (WLEFP)

Please note: the deadline for submission to this year's The Wiener Library Ernst Fraenkel Prize is Friday 6 July 2018.

The WLEFP is a prestigious annual competition for book-length academic manuscripts on the Holocaust, its context and implications, and twentieth century and post-Holocaust genocides.

As the Prize reached its 25th anniversary in 2014, we wanted to re-evaluate its remit to ensure that it continues to reflect the Library’s fields of interest, which have evolved over the years. Following the death of Ernst Fraenkel OBE in late 2014, the Prize was suspended for a year in 2016 and we took this opportunity to work with our trustees and with the Fraenkel family to revise the rules of the competition and the subject areas it covers.

Please note there are no longer two categories; WLEFP is a single prize of £5,000, open to anyone who has not published more than two books (monographs). Please refer to the list of eligible subject areas and restrictions before sending your submission.

The following subject areas are eligible:

  • The History of Antisemitism
  • The History of Nazism
  • Refugees and Exiles
  • The Holocaust
  • Genocide
  • Jewish History in the twentieth century as it pertains to the Holocaust
  • World War Two
  • Studies of post-Holocaust issues, for example memory, commemoration, justice, Holocaust literature and art, philosophical and theological responses etc.


  • Entry is restricted to an author’s first or second book (monograph)
  • The manuscript must be unpublished at the closing date for submissions
  • The work must be written in English
  • English translations of books previously published in another language will not be eligible
  • Book manuscripts submitted in previous years may not be resubmitted in any following year
  • The panel reserves the right not to consider any work that falls outside the specified subject areas or fails to meet entry requirements.

See a listing of our previous winners

Entries should be sent to along with a copy of your CV prior to the deadline.

2015 award ceremony, presented by Michael Morpurgo

2015 award ceremony, presented by Michael Morpurgo

© Keith Barnes

The Wiener Library Translation Competition

Please note: the deadline for submission to this year's Translation Competition was 21 April 2017. 

The Wiener Library Translation Competition is part of the Round 2 competitions in the annual Oxford German Olympiad. The competition is open for Undergraduates (in their second year or above) and graduates of German studying at a UK or Irish university.

The Wiener Library has taken part in this competition for the past three years and hopes to continue in the future. Read more about this partnership in a blog post written by our Head of Digital Toby Simpson, who attended the 2015 awards ceremony presented by author Michael Morpurgo.

In this annual competition entrants are invited to translate and write a commentary on an original document from the library. The text that was selected for the 2017 competition was Der Führer spricht - a parody of a speech by Hitler taken from the archives of The Wiener Library. The competition will be co-judged by members of the Oxford German Network and The Wiener Library. The winner will receive a prize of £100 and will be invited to a ceremony at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, in June 2017.

Uprooted by Julia Mason

"Uprooted" by Julia Mason

International Artists' Book Competition and Exhibition (Displaced)

On World Book Day 2014 (6 March), we announced the winners of our International Artists' Book Competition.

The winners were:

“Uprooted”, the winning altered book entry by Julia Mason is a haunting depiction of refugees rising out of a partially burnt book. Depicting men, women and children, some with luggage, greyish with flakes from the burnt pages the piece clearly illustrates the eternal link between violence and refugee movements.

“12”, the winning artist book entry by is a collaboration between Simona Noli and Toby Martinez de las Rivas. The main themes of the book are absence, loss, violence and the importance of commemoration. A complex piece, bound with rusty iron sheets to evoke the remains of camps can be seen on YouTube. 

The two commended entries are:

“The White Maiden Male” by Jeff Morin, one of two commended entries, weaves together a German folk tale and the story of Rudolf Brazda, a gay camp survivor. In beautifully poetic language the book narrates how Nazi repression of homosexuality and his subsequent deportation to Buchenwald in 1942 impacted on his life.

“The Purple Velvet Bag” by Judy Tova Wilkenfeld, one of two commended entries, was made in memory of her father. A perspex box with four compartments holds a book telling the story of his flight across Europe, Tefillin and a Tallit, and Siddur texts. Not only were Jewish people displaced but, so too, the religious items that were for so many, fundamental to their day-to-day living.  

Explore a selection of the entries on our Pinterest page.

Creative Writing Competition

In September 2014, The Wiener Library teamed up with drama and creative writing group, Rewrite for their annual creative writing competition. Taking inspiration from a brilliant creative writing session with Rewrite in June 2013, where students looked at documents from the Kindertransport and children's drawings from Darfur, Rewrite and the Library decided on the competition theme of 'War and Peace'.

Rewrite received a large number of entries from keen writers of short plays, poetry, prose and spoken word, who were living in London and aged 11-21.

The winners had their pieces performed by professional actors and received certificates and vouchers from Rewrite and the Wiener Library. Here are the winning entries by age group:

11-15 category
1st place: Visions of Hell by Mikolaj Blangiewicz Rafael
Runner up: Death – a criminal of terror by Mohammed Saaqib Tanwir Hussain

16-19 category
Joint winners:
The War Within by Adeolu Adeoye
The Ultimate Dream by Naomi Mankrado

Katy Jackson, Community and Outreach Officer, attended Rewrite's Annual Celebration eveving at the Lost Theatre to present the prizes to the winners (photographed above).

Rewrite fights prejudice and injustice by bringing young people together from different backgrounds through the power of drama and creative writing.  Our work to date explores issues around refuge and asylum, oppression and freedom and what it means to be a young person today in Britain.

Visions of Hell by Mikolaj Blangiewicz Rafael