Recovery & Repair: Supporting Jewish Family Histories of the Holocaust in Britain

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November 24, 2022 to November 25, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, European History / Studies, Research and Methodology, Archival Science, Jewish History / Studies

This is an in-person event taking place at Leeds Central Library on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November.

The Wiener Holocaust Library is home to the UK’s International Tracing Service digital archive, which holds millions of documents related to the Holocaust and Nazi era. The archive preserves the shared past of victims and survivors of the Holocaust and helps support family research of Nazi persecution. Our free, two-day programme includes the chance to view our pop-up exhibition, Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the archive. We welcome historians, archivists, family historians, heritage practitioners, and anyone interested in Jewish and Holocaust history and its aftermath.

I. Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust, Thursday 24 November, 4-5.30pm

Join the co-curators of the Fate Unknown exhibition, Prof Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt, who will explore the remarkable, little-known story of the search for the missing after the Holocaust. Fate Unknown draws upon The Wiener Holocaust Library’s family document collections and the International Tracing Service archive to illustrate the legacy of the ongoing search for missing victims. They will be joined by Professor Stuart Taberner (Director of the Horizons Institute, University of Leeds) where they will discuss the development of the exhibition and reflect on some of the issues and themes it highlights.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.


II. Fate Unknown Travelling Exhibition Launch and Drinks Reception, Thursday 24 November, 6-8pm

Take part in an exciting launch event that will feature talks by the co-curators, Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt, special guests, a drinks reception, and an opportunity to view the Fate Unknown travelling exhibition.

Speakers will include Laurence Saffer, Director of Leeds Jewish Representative Council (LJRC) and Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds North West.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.


III. Family History Research Workshop, Friday 25 November, 10.30-1.30pm

This workshop will help you take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service digital archive, including using sources freely available online. Join our Senior ITS Archive Team Manager, Elise Bath and ITS Researcher Ian Rich as they demonstrate the uses of this important archive.

The workshop will also feature family research support services available from Leeds-based partner organisations, soon to be announced. Bring along your family trees and research questions!

Participants will also have the chance to sign up for one-on-one consultations with The Wiener Holocaust Library’s expert researchers. Please indicate your interest at the registration link below.

This event is free but space is limited. Please register here.

Contact Info: 

The Wiener Holocaust Library