Virtual visit to the Wiener Holocaust Library Exhibit – Fate Unknown: The Search for the Missing After the Holocaust
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. Co Curators Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr. Christine Schmidt (Deputy Director/Head of Research) guide us through this remarkable and little known story of the agonizing search for the missing after the Holocaust.
Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he has taught since 1999. He is the author of some 80 scholarly articles and author or editor of 18 books, including: Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010), The Liberation of the Camps: The End and Aftermath of the Holocaust (Yale, 2015), and Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2019). His next book, Fate Unknown: Tracing the Missing after the Holocaust and World War II, will be published by OUP, and he is currently finishing a book on the Holocaust for Penguin’s Pelican series.
Christine Schmidt is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Wiener Holocaust Library, London, where she oversees academic programming and outreach. Her work has focused on post-World War II tracing and documentation gathering, the concentration camp system in Nazi Germany and comparative studies of collaboration and resistance in France and Hungary. Her recent publications include ‘“We are all Witnesses”: Eva Reichmann and the Wiener Library’s Eyewitness Accounts Collection’ in Agency and the Holocaust: Essays in Honor of Debórah Dwork, edited by Mary Jane Rein and Thomas Kühne (Palgrave, 2020) and ‘Those Left Behind: Early Search Efforts in Wartime and Post-war Britain’ in Tracing and Documenting Nazi Victims Past and Present, edited by Henning Borggräfe and Christian Höschler (De Gruyter, 2020).
This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors.