Events & Exhibitions

Current 28 June 2023

Red Cross messages had been introduced during the First World War, when an urgent need developed for a means that would re-establish the communications that had been severed by the conflict, for example between prisoners of war and their families at home. During the Second World War, as conventional means of communication were increasingly denied to Jews trapped in the Third Reich, Red Cross messages came to play a vital part in what remained of the contacts between those Jews and their family members who had escaped abroad; little systematic attention has, however, as yet been devoted to them.

Current 12 June 2023

The 1930s/40s saw thousands of German-Jewish refugees seek asylum in locations across the world, with the by-product being the enforced fracturing of family networks and the shared world in which they inhabited. During this period, contact between separated family members continued, albeit minimised, with the aim of gaining information on the health and location of loved ones being of primary importance. Abruptly, space was injected into close familial relationships, with letters acting as the bridge between separated parties and thus creating their own metaphysical ‘epistolary space’ often in replacement of physical spaces. Conversations on emigration efforts, familial life and geopolitical concerns moved from within the home on to pieces of paper, as family units dispersed. Discussions altered and adapted into a new epistolary space, albeit one often burdened with the ineffability of their situation.  

Current 6 June 2023

Join the curators of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership’s latest exhibition, Holocaust Letters, to learn more about how they developed the exhibition. Their talk will discuss key letters on display, the ethics and practice of curating personal document collections, the role of the archive in mediating the past, and reflections on co-curating with historians and families.

Current 5 June 2023

In this hands-on lunchtime talk, Jenifer Ball will demonstrate how she translated a German letter on display in the exhibition. She will discuss how she approaches linguistic and cultural questions in personal papers and researches references to contemporary social life to create richly contextualised texts.

Current 1 March 2023

Between 1939 and 1944, thousands of Jews and non-Jews petitioned Josef Tiso, President of the Slovak State, about the “Jewish question”.

The authors of this correspondence came from all over the nation and all walks of life, including priests. As authority figures, thought leaders, and pillars of society, priests represent an interesting social category. For this reason, it makes sense to look at their correspondence with Jozef Tiso, who was himself a Roman Catholic priest.

Current 22 February 2023

This exhibition, launching on 22 February 2023, will examine Holocaust-era correspondence for evidence of how Jewish persecutees understood what was happening to them as events of the Holocaust unfolded.