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Cooperative Projects with the Wiener Library, London

A workshop for graduate students as well as the planned cooperation regarding the development of pedagogical materials for university teaching took Dr. Susanne Urban, Head of the Research and Education Branch at the International Tracing Service (ITS), to London for a visit at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide.

This institution that was founded by Alfred Wiener and David Cohen as  “Jewish Central Information Office” (JCIO) in Amsterdam in 1933 has been located in London since 1939 and is the oldest establishment worldwide documenting the Nazi rule and its crimes. The Wiener Library is one of the copyholders of the digital ITS archives and the person in charge is Dr. Christine Schmidt. The US scholar Elisabeth Anthony, responsible person for research in the digital collections of the ITS at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, also participated in the events organized at the Wiener Library.

Subject-Related Research in the ITS Documents

On the one hand, the workshop was geared towards an exchange between graduate students and scholars. On the other hand, it was dedicated to the question whether and which documents in the ITS archives could be of use for a refined definition of specific research issues. Dr. Susanne Urban chiefly focused on the subject areas “Displaced Persons” and “children’s files” of the Child Search Branch as well as the special situation of persecuted Sinti and Roma.

Educational Modules with ITS Documents

In addition to the workshop, the agenda of the meeting of Dr. Christine Schmidt, Dr. Susanne Urban and Elisabeth Anthony included the development of pedagogical materials. The three scholars who all have excellent knowledge of the ITS documents would like to co-publish a series of twelve booklets for undergraduates at American and British universities.

Evening Lectures Rounded off the Event

At the invitation of the Wiener Library, Dr. Susanne Urban and Elisabeth Anthony wrapped up their visit by presenting current research projects to 35 guests: The German historian talked about “Early Testimonies and the Voice of the Individual”, the American scholar delivered a lecture about “The Return of Viennese Jews after 1945”. “It is gratifying that the cooperation between the three institutions is so intensive and collegial,” Susanne Urban underlined after her stay in London.