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The Wiener Library

29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP, England
+44 20 7636 7247
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We had never heard of the Wiener until their latest exhibition was reviewed in 'the Telegraph' It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SouthWalesTeapot
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Swansea
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We focus so much on the Holocaust that very little is said about those who survived and their own... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
wingate
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London, United Kingdom
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The Wiener Library is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. The Library traces its roots back to Germany in the 1920s. Dr Alfred Wiener, a German Jew, having fought in WWI, returned to Germany in 1919 and was horrified at the surge of right-wing antisemitism, which blamed Jews for the defeat. Dr Wiener worked with the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith to combat antisemitism, writing, lobbying and speaking publicly. From 1925 (the year Hitler published Mein Kampf) he perceived a greater threat from the Nazi Party than any other antisemitic group or party. Under his influence an archive was started just to collect information about the Nazis, which formed the basis of campaigns to undermine their activities. Dr Wiener and his family fled Germany in 1933 and settled in Amsterdam. Dr Wiener's first archive is believed to have been destroyed. Later that year he set up the Jewish Central Information Office at the request of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association. The JCIO essentially continued the work of the earlier archive. Following the November Pogrom of 1938, Wiener prepared to bring his collection to the UK. It arrived the following summer and is believed to have opened on the day the Nazis invaded Poland. Throughout the War the JCIO served the British Government as it fought the Nazi regime. Increasingly the collection was referred to as ‘Dr Wiener's Library' and eventually this led to its renaming. Post-war, the Library assisted the prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trial, amassed early survivor testimony and helped to shape the emerging academic study of the Holocaust. Today, the collection is among the largest and most respected in the world and continues to grow. In 2011 it moved to new premises in Russell Square and began a programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve access and open its collections to the widest possible audience.
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29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never heard of the Wiener until their latest exhibition was reviewed in 'the Telegraph' It was a little difficult to locate being effectively a single house of several floors. Whist we would not suggest others make this Library a priority on a London...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We focus so much on the Holocaust that very little is said about those who survived and their own fruitless search for loved ones.This a moving and sad exhibition.I thought I would be there for a quarter of an hour,but I was there nearly an...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

I called into see the exhibition “Fate Unknown” on the search for the missing after the Holocaust. The exhibition is laid out in the walls and in cases in the Reception Area. The exhibits were clear and, sadly, informative of what happened in the chaotic...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I´d never been so just thought I´d pop inside for a quick look. The current exhibition on the Occupation of the Channel Islands was something I´d never been aware of before. There are some devastating stories there that need to be told, and I think...More

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Wiener_Library, Public Relations Manager at The Wiener Library, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Many thanks for the kind review. We're glad you found your visit worthwhile.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Their exhibition of Science and suffering was incredible and so eye opening. Truly awful things on display but need to be seen.

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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Located in Russell Square and close to the British Museum. This free entry museum is well worth a visit if the history of the holocaust is what you are looking for. On the upper floor, with views over the Square, this is a very nice...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

I went in to the Wiener Library on the off-chance - I saw a placard outside of the library about its exhibition and that it was free to the public. That was enough to draw me in. The exhibition was on the displacement of Jews...More

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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This is a small but very informative museum/library. There is a great deal of information of the holocaust and the impact it had on people especially people coming to England. If you get chance it's worth your time.

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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

A vast and incredibly rich collection of all sorts of material relating to the Holocaust and other genocides. It hosts a few temporary exhibitions and has a wonderful reading room. It is a place for scholars, students, and anyone interested in how infamous racism and...More

1  Thank Dr_Max_P
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Alfred Wiener started collecting anti semitic materials before 1933 when Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Since then survivors of the holocaust and history have provided the most complete library of the destruction of minorities from 1933-1945. a modern building that is fascinating and enlightening and...More

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