The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP, until 15 June 2016
Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm, Tuesdays until 7.30pm
A moving and thought provoking new exhibition exploring British reactions to the Holocaust and antisemitism co-curated by the Wiener Library and the Holocaust Educational Trust Regional Ambassadors, young people who work with the Trust to encourage their peers to learn more about the Holocaust.
The exhibition, Dilemmas, Choices, Responses: Britain and the Holocaust, uses the Wiener Library’s own collections as well as the first-hand testimony of Holocaust survivors who settled in Britain after the war to chart the actions, and inactions, of the British press, public and government to the events of the Holocaust as they unfolded. It also seeks to address commonly held misconceptions about British responses to the Holocaust, including the belief that Britain entered the war to save Jews.
Britain and the Holocaust includes a wide range of artefacts including Red Cross telegrams between Kindertransport refugee Hannele Kuhn in Britain and her parents in Germany, a poster advertising a British fascist rally, and a copy of a deportation list of a Jewish victim from the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands to Auschwitz via the Drancy transit camp.