Category Archives: other items of interest

Lecture: The Music of Theresienstadt (Professor Adam Gorb)

On Thursday 8th September, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm, a lecture will be given at the Wiener Library by eminent composer and scholar Professor Adam Gorb of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on the subject of the music scene at Theresienstadt … Continue reading

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Exhibition Focus: Finding Treblinka with Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls and Michael Branthwaite (Exhibition talk, guided tour)

On 19th July 2016, 6:00-8:00pm, The Wiener Library’s new exhibition Finding Treblinka explores the Nazi labour and extermination camps of Treblinka using the ground-breaking research of archaeologist Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls and artistic responses to the topic curated with lead … Continue reading

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Film Showing and Discussion: My Grandmother’s Sitting Room

A showing of My Grandmother’s Sitting Room, a short film depicting the journey to find the grandmother filmmaker Laure Levy never knew. Levy’s grandmother, Franze Levy, was lost in the Holocaust, and in the film Laure visits Franze’s old home … Continue reading

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Panel Discussion: Stepping Off the Map – Healing the Wounds of History (Dr Merrilyn Thomas with Ian Bruce and Mike Carmody)

The Coventry/Dresden reconciliation project of 1965 was organised by Coventry Cathedral and the German organisation Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF). Its aim was to heal the wounds of a past war. Unknown to most of those involved, it became the means of making a new war less likely, … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz (Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams)

In 1944, members of the Sonderkommando—the “special squads,” composed almost exclusively of Jewish prisoners, who ensured the smooth operation of the gas chambers and had firsthand knowledge of the extermination process—buried on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau a series of remarkable eyewitness accounts of Nazi genocide. This careful and penetrating study examines … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Alban (Dr Shannon Woodcock)

Dr Shannon Woodcock’s new book, Life is War: Surviving Dictatorship in Communist Albania, turns to the small nation of Albania. From sheltering Jewish refugees from genocide in World War Two, this book explores how the multicultural and multi faith Albanian community was attacked by the Communist … Continue reading

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Lecture and Reception: A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H.G. Adler: Lecture by Nikolaus Wachsmann

Taking the research and writings of the scholar and Holocaust survivor H. G. Adler as its starting point, this lecture explores the history of the Nazi concentration camps, from their inception in 1933 through to their demise in the spring of 1945, focusing on the shifting function of the camps, as well as the experiences of prisoners, perpetrators … Continue reading

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Dr Ana Antic: Fraenkel Prize Lecture: Wounded minds: Experiencing the violence of the Nazi New Order in Yugoslavia

In WWII, death and violence permeated all aspects of everyday lives of ordinary people in Eastern Europe. Moreover, almost entire populations were drawn into fierce and uncompromising political and ideological conflicts, and many ended up being more than mere victims … Continue reading

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Book talk: Before the Holocaust: New Histories of the Concentration Camps

This programme, co-hosted with the Centre for German Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex and co-sponsored by Harvard University Press, will include Kim Wünschmann and Christopher Dillon in conversation with Nikolaus Wachsmann on recent publications focused on the Nazi camp system. A reception will follow the presentations … Continue reading

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Lecture by Professor Erika Hagelberg: Is there such a thing as a Jewish genome?

New developments in DNA technology are having a huge impact on industry, medical science and forensic identification. They have also opened new opportunities for research in archaeology and human evolution, as we have seen in the recent identification of the skeleton of Richard III, and the advances … Continue reading

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