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'Fate Unknown': Co-Curated Wiener Library Exhibition Opens 22 February

Posted on 08/02/2018
A photograph of Zuzana Knobloch

Learn about global efforts made after the Holocaust to find Zuzana Knobloch and millions of others like her. © WL Photo Archive

'Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing after the Holocaust', co-curated by HRI Director Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt (Wiener Library), will open at The Wiener Library, London, on Thursday 22 February 2018.

By the end of World War II, millions of people had been murdered or displaced by war and genocide. Families and communities were torn apart. Many were missing, and some people’s fates remain unclear to this day.

Despite immense logistical challenges, a number of charities, such as the British Red Cross Society and the Jewish Relief Unit, attempted to help find missing people and reunite families. Their efforts came together what became known as the International Tracing Service (ITS). This exhibition tells the remarkable, little-known story of the agonising search for the missing after the Holocaust. Drawing upon The Wiener Library’s family document collections and its digital copy of the ITS archive, one of the largest document collections related to the Holocaust in the world, the exhibition considers the legacy of the search for descendants of those affected by World War II, and the impact of fates unknown.

The exhibition runs until Wednesday 30 May 2018. Admission is free.

For more information about the exhibition and a series of related events taking place over the next few months, please visit The Wiener Library website.

An exhibition catalogue is also available to purchase online and at the Library.


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