Being Human Festival: Recovering the Personal in Difficult Histories: A Family Research Workshop

Performance Area • Friday 12th November, 1.00pm (UK Time)

This two-day event series will discover the history of a little-known archive, the International Tracing Service (now called the Arolsen Archives), created to find missing people after the Holocaust. We invite historians, family historians, heritage practitioners and anyone interested in the history of the Second World War, the Holocaust and its aftermath to participate and reflect on the legacies of confronting difficult histories, both on the personal and broader, historical level. Find out more about the series here.

Learn how to take the first steps in conducting your own family research using the International Tracing Service archive of the Linen Hall Library’s resources. This workshop will provide a demonstration of the ITS archive and a skills workshop as well as the opportunity for short, one-on-one consultations with the panellists, who will include The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Senior ITS Researchers, Elise Bath and Mary Vrabecz, and the Linen Library’s Assistant Arts and Cultural Programmer, Scott Edgar. Participants can navigate the ITS archive partially from their mobile devices and are invited to bring with them their family trees and research questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Pending easing of restrictions, additional spaces may open close to the event. The Linen Hall Library is an accessible building with a lift to all levels, step-free access to the Performance Area, and seats available for the event.

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This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 11 – 12 November 2021.

In partnership with the Linen Hall Library, the Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London and The Wiener Holocaust Library.