Archival Cartography: The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Refugee Map


Our Content Provider the Wiener Holocaust Library is presenting their new Library’s Refugee Map, which brings to life the intimate stories of hundreds of refugees who fled Nazi persecution in the 1930’s and 40’s, launched in November 2021.

The event will take place online on the 20th April 2022 at 7pm CEST. It is possible to register here:


Helen Lewandowski is Assistant Curator at The Wiener Holocaust Library and the project lead for the Refugee Map. Helen has a curatorial background working in museums, galleries and archives, with an academic speciality in documentary and vernacular photography.

Ed Jones is Co-founder and Director of Humap, a platform to tell stories with maps. He has 20 years’ experience in software development, project and programme management, operations and business analysis.

Miriam Glucksmann is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Essex University and author of “Women on the Line” (2009). Her parents, both scientists, were refugees to England from Nazi Germany and in recent years she has been working on a history/memoir about their different routes to and experiences of being refugees in the wider political/historical context.

Anthony Clavane teaches Media at Essex University is a journalist, author and playwright who teaches Media Studies at the University of Essex. He has written widely about issues of Jewish culture and community and is especially interested in the power of narrative. His books include “Promised Land, and Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?”

Phil Cohen is the research director of Livingmaps Network and author of “Postcards to Grandad:a Jewish family Romance” ( 2020), and editor of “A Long life in the Making: growing up in the Jewish Gorbals and the East End of London between the wars” (2021)

The Wiener Holocaust Library is one of the world’s leading archives of the Holocaust. Founded by Dr Alfred Wiener in 1933, it supports learning and teaching about its causes and consequences, aiming to be “a living memorial to the evils of the past by ensuring that our wealth of materials is put at the service of the future.” The Refugee Map serves that aim.

The papers of the historical section of the “Institut Grand-Ducal” now available in APE

Our Content Provider the Archives nationales de Luxembourg has ingested in APE the manuscript collection of the historical section of the Institut Grand-Ducal, which aims to preseve the historical heritage of Luxembourg and since 1845 has published archive inventories, researches, and proceedings from conferences and other events dedicated to the Luxembourg heritage. The library of the “section historique” includes more than 60000 volumes, preserved at the National Library; the collection also includes important archaeological objects, which are held by the National Museum.

The  very vast collection is now available on APE, inlcuding many digital objects, at this link:


Handschrift mit Noten zu barocken Musikstücken (1643), Notes on baroque music, available at
Dictionnaire alphabétique des auteurs anciens et modernes (1770), dictionary of ancient and contemporary authors, available at

Our British Content Provider The National Archives UK, in collaboration with the UK Intellectual Property Office, have produced new guidelines on the usage and digitisation of copyright material. The guidance suggests ways to register collections and works as “orphan work”, as well as best practice to conduct research on possible rights holders.

The guidance also explores the copyright exceptions and other factors that may allow an archives to proceed with the digitisation and digital publication of work, as well as general information on re-using public-sector information.

The information refer to UK law and the UK archival sector, but they can be a good starting point for reflections in other countries, too.

You can find the guides here:

New A/V collection from France

A new interesting audiovisual collection has become available in Archives Portal Europe, thanks to our Content Provider the Archives départementales des Landes: 57 reels from a citizen of Mont-de-Marsan, Raoul Daries, a grocer born in 1899. The reels have now been restored and digitised, and they are largely available for viewing on the archive’s website.

The collection is a very rare documentation of everyday life (but also of fictionalised events) in the Landes, between the 1930s and 1960s – there are no other audiovisual collections to document life in the area in that period.

The catalogues are now available on Archives Portal Europe at this link – just click on “view in original presentation to access the original document!

Fêtes de Saint-Jean-d’Août (the Feast of St Jean of August), 1940s ca. Available at <>