by | 12 December 2022 | Blog, Exhibitions, News

Holocaust Letters, 22 February 2023 – 16 June 2023

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

‘Departed without leaving a forwarding address’ – the German Reichspost used this stamp to return post to its sender when the item’s recipient had been deported, Wiener Holocaust Library Collections

Through letters held in the Wiener Library’s archive and in private collections, the exhibition will uncover how people exchanged information across borders, in defiance of censors and in the midst of chaos, deportations and destruction.

How did survivors and relatives preserve or come to safeguard letters from the wartime period, and how did these seemingly ordinary objects transform into precious and extraordinary symbols of what was lost?

As one of the world’s leading archives of the history of the Holocaust, the Wiener Holocaust Library houses many collections of Nazi-era family letters.

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience these and to find out what persecutees knew about the events unfolding around them. It illustrates powerfully how knowledge about the Holocaust was produced and exchanged by correspondents across many countries during the Second World War and in the immediate post-war era.

Holocaust Letters is curated by Christine Schmidt and Sandra Lipner, with advisory by Dan Stone, for the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership (HGRP), an initiative of The Wiener Holocaust Library and the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of LondonThe exhibition will be on display at the Wiener Holocaust Library from 22nd February to 16th June 2023.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the Ernst Hecht Charitable Foundation, the Stuart Rossiter Trustthe Holocaust Research InstituteTechne, and Friends and supporters of the Library.