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improvements don’t end with a better location. The library has acquired a farmore spacious and brighter reading roomwith more books on open access and better computer facilities. The main novelty of the new premises

is the library’s welcome area that will feature regularly changing temporary exhibitions. Entitled ‘Children of the Swastika’, their first exhibit will focus on the Nazi indoctrination of children through books and games. The new location and larger space will

TheWiener Library is one of the world’s largest collections of Holocaust-related archivalmaterial as well as a specialist library of antisemitismandmodern Jewish history. The library has recentlymoved to new premises at 29 Russell Square.


Development Director BridgetMcGing talked to JR about the benefits of themove. “With the new building situated

conveniently near to the central London universities, we are hoping to attractmore students and researchers” – but the

Two significant events of the last century that have a haunting contemporary resonance took place in the same year 75 years ago. Explored in the JewishMuseum’s permanent collection, the anniversaries of the Battle of Cable Street and the Spanish CivilWar are now being commemorated with a programme of events that will explore themes such as inter-community collaboration in the fight against fascism, what we have learned in 75 years and, crucially, what we still have to learn. Highlights of the programme include

the official launch ofYoav Segal’s filmNo Pasaran with testimonies of Jewish veterans of the International Brigade, a reading of Bernard Kops’play on the Battle of Cable Street, and a staging of themusical Goodbye Barcelona. Radical Roots events will run at the Jewish Museum until Thursday 27 October. See What’s Happening page 26 for details.


Thanks to a 10th birthday present from our wonderful printers, Pensord, JR is digitising its archive. By the end of October (a few weeks later than originally scheduled), subscribers will be able to read all back issues of JR online. If we have your email address we will inform you when this facility is available and provide logging on details. If you do not get our email updates it means we do not have your up-to-date email address so please send it to us (email


Now that subscribers can read all back issues, including the Jews of ... for any area they are interested in, JR is an even better gift. Complete the form on page 25 of ‘A Pick of the Decade’ or phone us on 020 8876 1891 or subscribe online at

enable the library to runmore outreach and education projects, including public lectures and workshops on research skills. Reopening on 1 December, theWiener

Library will welcome everyone free of charge (there is amembership fee if you want to borrow books).



Jewish Renaissance held a party for contributors and committee members to celebrate its 10th birthday on 14 September at the Jewish Museum.

From left: Lionel Gordon, JR Chairman, Janet Levin, JR Editor, Rickie Burman, Director of the Jewish Museum

A scene from Judi Herman’s show How theWest End wasWon, a part of the evening’s entertainment.



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