The Online Wiener Archive, Tel Aviv University

Sheri Shamaev Discussion

We would like to draw the attention of researchers and students to the Wiener Library digitization project. Since the initiation of the project in 2015, it has significantly expanded. Currently, it includes several collections and tens of thousands of documents related to the Nazi era and its aftermath.

The core of the project is the Wiener Collection. Beginning its coverage with the Germany of the late 1920's, the collection comprises official correspondence of Nazi agencies from the 1930's and 1940's; official documents from concentration camps; official documents of various Jewish agencies and associations that were active before and during the war; personal letters that illuminate the condition of Jews in occupied Europe and as refugees after the war. An additional section of the collection focuses on the activities of Nazi courts. It includes hundreds of transcripts of trials conducted in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia against civilians accused of 'crimes' against the regime.

About a year ago, the digitization project of the judge "Hadassa Ben-Itto Collection" was completed. The uniqueness of the documentation is in the extensive information and diverse sources it offers about the distribution of the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." It also sheds light on the use of the Protocols as a propaganda tool against the Jewish people, and particularly on the legal battles conducted against their distribution during the 1930's. This collection complements and enriches the thousands of documents on the Protocols included already in the Wiener Collection.  The documents are catalogued and are available to search in the DATA system. Each item or group of items has a summary in English and a list of subjects, and offers access to the PDF file.

We are convinced that those interested in this significant period of history will find extensive and fascinating documentation in the Wiener collections. 

Please click here to watch a video guide on the Wiener Online Archive and to enter the database