Testaments to the Holocaust

An online searchable database of rare and unique historical material from The Wiener Library, London, which provides documentary evidence for the study of Nazi Germany and its crimes against the Jews from many perspectives. The Wiener Library is the oldest institution in the world established to document the Nazi regime and its crimes against Jewish people.

The material is organised into 4 sections:

Original Nazi propaganda materials: Scarce materials which command high prices from dealers and at auction. Access to this information is essential for serious study of this period and reading secondary accounts of Nazi propaganda can never take the place of confronting the material directly.

Eyewitness accounts: Unique insights into almost every aspect of the Holocaust. There are two collections: accounts gathered in the weeks and months after the November pogrom of 1938, and accounts assembled after 1955 (interviews, letters, documents and especially-written accounts). The latter is of particular interest having been assembled during the 1950s and early 1960s, an era when interest in the Holocaust was at a low and when terms such as ˜Holocaust" had either not been coined at all or were not in general use.

Photographic material:
Included for its information, its immediacy and impact. Nothing can communicate the essential horror of what occurred in Europe during the war more than the image of, for example, a uniformed German aiming his rifle at a defenceless woman as she clutches a child in her arms. Confronting this material is painful. It is vital, nevertheless, in terms of promoting a sound understanding of what took place.

Wiener Library publications:
Covering a time span from the early 1930s to the mid 1960s. Much of the material reports on events in Germany and Europe as they were unfolding. This early material also testifies to Jewish efforts to resist the onslaught of the Nazis. The post-war publications document the slow emergence of Holocaust-related issues as topics of academic discourse. The Wiener Library Bulletin, in particular, remains an invaluable source of information on virtually all aspects of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.