Wiener Library – Berlin Branch
Documenting the Nazi Era and Its Crimes
A branch of the Wiener Library was opened at the Jewish Museum Berlin in fall 2007.
The Wiener Library is the oldest institution worldwide documenting the Nazi era and its crimes. Alfred Wiener, one of the leading politicians of the Central Association for German Citizens of the Jewish Faith, founded the Jewish Central Information Office in Amsterdam, where he had taken refuge, in 1933. He moved the collection to London in 1939, where it became known as the Wiener Library. It remains there to this day.
The library and archival holdings of the Wiener Library provide research material on a wide range of themes: the rise and fall of Nazism, Jewish history in Germany prior to 1933, refugees and exiles in Great Britain, the Kindertransport (children's transport) efforts, resistance against the Nazi regime, the Shoah, war crimes and war crime trials, and antisemitism.
The collection is made up of books, brochures and flyers, newspapers and magazines, eyewitness accounts, personal bequests, photographs, and films. Approximately 500 microfilm reels of these materials are available in the Reading Room at the Jewish Museum Berlin.