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On British Soil: Victims of Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands
19 October 2017 – 9 February 2018
During the German occupation of the Channel Islands 1940–1945, many thousands of people were persecuted, including slave labourers, political prisoners and Jews. Their story has been largely omitted from a British narrative of ‘standing alone’ against Nazism and celebrations of British victory over Germany.
Reading Room Exhibition: Words of Resistance
8 November 2017 - 8 February 2018
The Wiener Library’s current reading room exhibition was created by the Youth Champion Board from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and features items which demonstrate the power of words.
Reading Room Exhibition: The Contributions of Jewish Refugees to British Life
7 September - 31 October 2017
The Wiener Library’s current reading room exhibition features some exhibits from our collections illustrating the theme of the contribution to Britain made by Jewish refugees from Nazism.
Reading Room Exhibition: Theatre and Literature in Concentration Camps
10 August - 6 September 2017
This mini Reading Room exhibition, Theatre and Literature in Concentration Camps, was curated by Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator Chloe Turner, to tell the story of the cultural, artistic and intellectual activities in concentration camps including Theresienstadt.
Reading Room Exhibition: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
25 April 2017 – 9 August 2017
This mini Reading Room exhibition was curated by Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Sidebotham, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
Science + Suffering: Victims and Perpetrators of Nazi Human Experimentation
17 May 2017 – 29 September 2017
Medical experiments conducted on human beings during the Nazi period are often associated with notorious SS doctors and concentration camps. The experiments have been described as ‘pseudo-science’ and viewed as a precursor to the killing centres of the Holocaust.
One Family, Three Cities, Six Years of War: A Family of Artists During the War and the Holocaust
1 March 2017 – 28 April 2017
This exhibition, co-curated with Jasia Reichardt, tells one family's story of separation, persecution and survival during the Second World War and the Holocaust: the family of Jasia and her aunt Franciszka Themerson. The exhibition features artworks produced by the family, and a display of sixteen drawings called 'Unposted Letters', made by Franciszka Themerson in London between 1940 and 1942.
A Bitter Road: Britain and the Refugee Crisis of the 1930s and 1940s
27 October 2016 - 17 February 2017
This newly curated exhibition examines how Britain responded to Jewish refugees in the 1930s and 1940s, including governmental policy, the activities of aid organisations and the actions of the Anglo-Jewish community. Highlighting The Wiener Library's rich resources on refugee history, the exhibition explores the experiences of refugees themselves through their own voices and artefacts.
6 July 2016-30 September 2016
This exhibition explores the Nazi labour and extermination camps of Treblinka using the ground-breaking research of Staffordshire University archaeologist Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls, and features specially comissioned artworks curated by Michael Branthwaite as well as highlights from the Library's collections.
Dilemmas, Choices, Responses: Britain and the Holocaust
14 April 2016 - 23 June 2016
This exhibition, co-curated by the Holocaust Educational Trust's Regional Ambassadors and The Wiener Library, explores the British public's responses to the Holocaust, as well as antisemitism within British society; information about the Holocaust in the press, and the stance of the British Government regarding the unfolding violence against Jews in Europe.
Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering the Armenian Genocide
The Armenian world was shattered by the 1915 genocide. Not only were hundreds of thousands of lives lost but entire families across multiple generations were permanently forced from their homes. The narrative threads that connected them to their own past and homelands were often severed forever. Many have been left with only fragments of their family histories: a story of survival passed on by a grandparent who survived or, if lucky, an old photograph of a distant, silent, ancestor. By contrast the Dildilian family chose to speak. Two generations gave voice to their experience in lengthy written memoirs, in diaries and letters, and most unusually in photographs and drawings. This exhibition at The Wiener Library, co-curated by the Dildilian family descendant Armen T. Marsoobian, uses a range of these fascinating historical sources to tell their story and, in doing so, brings to life the pivotal moments in Armenian and Ottoman history leading to and following the genocide of 1915. Unlike most Armenians, the Dildilians were allowed to convert to Islam and stayed behind while their friends, colleagues and other family members perished in the death marches of 1915-1916. Their remarkable story is one of survival against the overwhelming odds and survival in the face of peril.
Humanity after the Holocaust: The Jewish Relief Unit, 1943-1950
This newly curated temporary exhibition at The Wiener Library will focus on our outstanding collections relating to the post-war relief and rehabilitation work of the Jewish Relief Unit.
Memory in a Digital Age: a virtual reconstruction of Bergen-Belsen
The Wiener Library, in cooperation with Bergen-Belsen Memorial and the SPECS research group, are offering a unique installation for display to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. This installation is a unique 3D reconstruction of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as it stood on 15 April 1945, when it was liberated by the British Army.
Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map
This exhibition will accompany an exciting new digital resource has been developed by The Wiener Library as part of its four-year outreach project Keeping Truth Alive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Into The Light - The Joy of Painting
Into the Light, The Joy of Painting features artwork by Holocaust survivors and refugees from Jewish Careâs Holocaust Survivors Centre (HSC).
The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered
Marking the 30th anniversary of the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the Wiener Library is delighted to feature the work 1984: Jis tann lãgé soee jãné by photographer Gauri Gill. The images and texts from the artist's 1984 notebooks reflect upon the pogroms and their ongoing impact in India.
The Kaiser's Jewish Soldiers: Loyalty, Identity, Betrayal
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide presents a new exhibition marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
David Graham Rwanda Portraits with Streets Ahead
This year The Wiener Library is proud to be participating in the twentieth annual 'Kwibuka' commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. 'Kwibuka' is the Kinyarwanda word for 'remember'. More than one million Rwandans, mostly Tutsis, were killed in the genocide between April and July 1994. Almost 80% of the Tutsi population were wiped out. David Graham's remarkable photographic portraits made with the Rwandan charity Streets Ahead will be on display in our Exhibition Area from 7 April until 2 May. On 1 May the Library's activities for Kwibuka 20 will be culminating with an evening of testimony and reflection at The Wiener Library hosted by Dan Godshaw of the Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico).
Four Thousand Lives: The Kitchener Camp Rescue
The story of the Kitchener camp is not as well known as that of the Kindertransport, but it is in many ways equally remarkable. Through the display of the Wiener Library's exceptionally rich collection of photographs and original documents as well as specially loaned original artworks, this exhibition gives a vivid impression of the history and life of the camp.
Hans Gál: Music In Exile
The Wiener Library's new exhibition Hans Gál: Music in Exile explores the life and music of Austrian composer Hans Gál, who was forced to emigrate from Vienna to Britain in 1938 as a result of Nazi persecution of Jewish musicians. Gál was arguably the last major composer in the Germanic tradition of classicism that ran directly from Bach through Beethoven to Brahms.
International Book Art Exhibition 2014
21 select works from The Wiener Library's first International Book Art Competition, including the 2014 winning and commended entries, will be on display with free entry in our Reading Room until 17 April. Also showing is a film Barbara Greisman kindly put together, of one or two images per artist, to illustrate the strong competition and variety of entries.
Child Refugees: Five Portraits from the Kindertransport
13 June - 6 November 2013. A new exhibition explores five stories of child refugees who came to Britain on the Kindertransport.
Rescues of the Holocaust: Remembering Raoul Wallenberg and Lives Saved
4 October 2012 - 15 February 2013