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Wiener and Wolff viewing texts

Alfred Wiener and the librarian Ilse Wolff (around 1960)
© Wiener Library

A dependency of the Wiener Library was opened at the Jewish Museum Berlin in fall 2007.

The Wiener Library is the oldest institution worldwide documenting the Nazi era and its crimes. Alfred Wiener, one of the leading politicians of the Central Association for German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, founded the Jewish Central Information Office in his place of refuge, Amsterdam in 1933. He moved the collection to London in 1939 where it soon became known as the Wiener Library and where it has remained to this day.

Library and archive holdings of the Wiener Library provide research material on a wide range of themes: The rise and fall of Nazism, Jewish history in Germany prior to 1933, refugees and expatriates in Great Britain, children's transports (Kindertransporte), resistance against the Nazi regime, Holocaust, war crimes and war crime trials, and anti-Semitism. The collection is made up of books, brochures and flyers, newspapers and magazines, eyewitness accounts, personal bequests, photographs, and films.


Aubrey Pomerance
Head of Archives JMB/Leo Baeck Institute
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 556
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409

Approximately 500 microfilms of these materials are available in the Reading Room at the Jewish Museum Berlin. These holdings are listed in the Wiener Library's online catalog: http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Collections.

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