*Photograph of Dr. Alfred Wiener in his office in Manchester Square, London, c.1950, Wiener Library Collections
The Wiener Library’s spring 2019 exhibition, Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers, traces the stories and legacies of the individuals and institutions who first collected evidence of the crimes of the Holocaust.
The exhibition commemorates the life and work of some of these pioneers of Holocaust research, including, among others, Emmanuel Ringelblum and Rachel Auerbach, whose Oyneg Shabbos organisation gathered and concealed evidence from inside the Warsaw Ghetto; Raphael Lemkin, who used the information he amassed about the atrocities of the Holocaust to develop the legal concept of genocide; the novelist and writer Vasily Grossman, who documented the extermination of Soviet Jews; Alfred Wiener, founder of The Wiener Library, who collected and disseminated evidence of Nazi activities from the mid-1920s onwards; Eva Reichmann, who launched one of the earliest projects to collect eye-witness testimonies to the Holocaust.
Under the most adverse conditions and often against indifference, denunciation and violence, they shaped the foundations of our knowledge of the Holocaust today.
The exhibition runs from 27 February 2019 until 17 May 2019 and is free to the public.