Written by guest blogger Emma Allison
Picture shows HRH The Princess Royal in the reading room opening the new home of the Wiener Library on 1st December 2011 (courtesy of the Wiener Library twitter page).
Some of my colleagues andI visited the Wiener Library, our newest neighbour in Russell Square, last Wednesday. It was a genuinely fascinating visit which gave us an insight into the library and archive which began in 1933 when Alfred Wiener, a German Jew, started the collection sensing that the movement towards Nazism in Germany at that time needed documenting. The Wiener library is the ‘oldest holocaust memorial institution’ and was a valuable resource for IOE researchers in creating some of the Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP) materials. The library has an astonishing collection of holocaust materials, most of which are in German and relate to genocide, extending to other countries beyond those in Europe. The senior librarian showed us a mixture of rare, primary material including pamphletswritten to question the movement, and children’s textbooks written to enforce and instil the Nazi ideals. For students and researchers of education, this is certainly a rich resource and definitely worth exploring, the range of their collection extending far beyond our own holdings. We have added the link to our website under Other Library catalogues and you can follow the library at @wienerlibrary to keep updated on acquisitions, events and projects. The library, which recently moved from Devonshire Street, has tours on Tuesdays and welcome new readers so why not pay them a visit either in person:
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide
29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP