Thousands of Jewish women, men and children brutalised. 25,000 Jewish men deported to concentration camps. Over 1,200 synagogues desecrated. Thousands of Jewish businesses and homes looted and destroyed. Over 100 Jews murdered.
The events of 9-10 November 1938, commonly called Kristallnacht, are the focus of The Wiener Library’s new temporary exhibition. Eighty years on, this exhibition explores exactly how the brutal events unfolded.
Through the eyewitness accounts gathered shortly after Kristallnacht, the exhibition examines responses to this unprecedented, nation-wide campaign of violence. Never-before-seen documents from the Library’s collection demonstrate German and Austrian Jews’ desperate attempts to flee, in many cases as refugees to Britain.
Newly curated by Dr Christine Schmidt and Dr Barbara Warnock, Shattered explores the experiences of Jewish women, men and children whose lives were changed forever after November 1938.
SHATTERED: Pogrom, November 1938 event series
The exhibition run will include a series of events designed to amplify themes in the exhibition. All the events are free but space is limited – please register to attend.
- Curator's Talk: Shattered: Pogrom, November 1938. Dr Christine Schmidt and Dr Barbara Warnock. 18 October 2018.
- PhD a Cup of Tea: ‘Austria is Lost’: British and Austrian Diplomats and their Experience of Anschluß. Timothy J. Schmalz. 6 November 2018.
- Looking into the Abyss: Photos of Kristallnacht. Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller. 8 November 2018.
- Book Talk: Dunera Lives. Prof Jay Winter. 10 January 2019.
- Constantly Rebuilt: The Worms' Synagogue 1034 to 1990s. Dr Susanne Urban. 30 January 2019.
- An accessible toilet is available in the basement and can be reached via the lift.
- For visitors with hearing impairment, an induction loop in the exhibition area and the Wolfson Reading Room is compatible with T-coil equipped hearing aids.
- We welcome Guide and Assistance dogs in the exhibition area and the Wolfson Reading Room.
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