Crimes Uncovered. The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers.

Coming soon (June 18, 2021): an online presentation of the exhibition by the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference and the Touro College in Berlin in cooperation with the Wiener Library in London

© Nationaal Archief/Collection Spaarnestad Photo
Im Institut für Kriegsdokumentation in Amsterdam ordnet de Jong Dokumente über die deutsche Besatzung der Niederlande, 1950. / De Jong organizing and cataloguing documents at the State Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam, 1950.

This exhibition traces the stories and the legacies of the individuals and institutions who worked during and immediately after the Holocaust to record and collect information of atrocities and bring perpetrators to justice.

During the Holocaust, in camps and in ghettos, the incarcerated documented the facts and gathered evidence. After the war, in a variety of countries and organisations, this work continued, and attention turned towards prosecution of perpetrators and towards prevention of future genocides. The collection of evidence and research was also an important aspect of the huge post-war task of tracing the missing after the Holocaust, and has been a feature of the work of commemorative institutions ever since.

This exhibition reveals, amongst others, the stories of

  • Emmanuel Ringelblum and Rachel Auerbach, whose Oyneg Shabbos organisation gathered and concealed evidence from inside the Warsaw Ghetto;
  • Raphael Lemkin, who used the information he amassed about the atrocities of the Holocaust to develop the legal concept of genocide;
  • Vasily Grossman, who documented the extermination of Soviet Jews;
  • Alfred Wiener, founder of The Wiener Library, who collected and disseminated evidence of Nazi activities from the mid-1920s onwards, as well as the Library’s Eva Reichmann, who launched one of the earliest projects to collect eye-witness testimonies to the Holocaust

The exhibition will be launched online on June 18, 2021.