Hybrid Curators’ Talk: Holocaust Letters with Christine Schmidt, Sandra Lipner

Tuesday 6th June 2023



This event is organised as part of the Holocaust Letters exhibition events series. Participants can register to attend in person or online.

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.

About the Speakers:

Dr Christine Schmidt is the Deputy Director and Head of Research at The Wiener Holocaust Library. Her research has focused on postwar tracing and documentation efforts, the concentration camp system in Nazi Germany, and comparative studies of collaboration, rescue and resistance in France and Hungary. Her current project focuses on a collection of survivor accounts recorded by the Library and led by Eva Reichmann in the 1950s.

Sandra Lipner is a technē (AHRC)-funded doctoral student at Royal Holloway, University of London and a co-curator of the Holocaust Letters exhibition at the Wiener Holocaust Library. Her PhD thesis is a cultural family history based on her German family’s collection of letters and documents from the period 1933-45, and she studies the use of family history in microhistories of the Holocaust to evaluate the place of family history within the historiography of the Third Reich.

Event guidelines for those joining online:

  1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event. Please check your junk email folders.
  2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).
  3. If you would like to ask a question during the event, please type your question into the chat function, and we will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the Q&A. Your webcam will not be seen during this event.
  4. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.


Book here (Tickets available on Saturday 15th April 2023)