The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map


This digital map gives you the opportunity to browse and search the Wiener Library's collections of refugee family papers. Several hundred of these collections have been donated to the Library over the years by Jewish refugees and their families, who escaped Nazi antisemitic persecution by emigrating from Germany and Nazi-dominated countries, including Poland, Austria, and France.

To search the Library’s complete catalogue descriptions of approximately 2,000 document collections, including collections relating to the rescue and rehabilitation of Jews in Europe, pre-war antisemitism and the racial and political persecution of victims of Nazism, please visit the Document Catalogue.

For optimal viewing of this digital resource, please use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, not Internet Explorer.

The Library has made every effort to obtain consent from donors to include materials from their family collections in this digital resource. For those donors who object to their inclusion, please contact us and we will remove them immediately.

Email:    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7636 7247

Search Tips

Learn more about each family:

  • read a short biography about the family
  • view selected digitized items from the collection
  • read translations of non-English language material
  • see where the family lived on historical maps of Berlin and Vienna
  • follow the link to the online catalogue record

Browse the map:

Each icon on the map represents a collection of refugee family papers, which have been geotagged to the families' historical addresses in Europe.

  • zoom into six select cities from the cities tab
  • click directly on each map icon or icon cluster

Search the map:

  • use the Search Box to search collections by keyword or full-text search
  • use one keyword at a time rather than combining keywords with AND/OR
  • use at a minimum of four characters in your search (ie. a search for 'Ury' will not return any results)
  • consult a full list of subject and geographical keywords used on this resource to find collections relevant to your research
  • use the same keywords (and more) to search our Collections Catalogue for more materials in your area of interest, including books, additional document collections, and photographs
  • search 'watch' to find collections from the AJR Refugee Voices audio-visual archive and to hear audio excerpts from the interviews


Do you speak another language represented in these collections, including German, Polish, or Hungarian? Practise your translation skills and improve access to these valuable documents by becoming a translation volunteer.

The Library continues to build and develop its collections and welcomes donations of any original material related to the Holocaust and Nazi era. If you have materials that may be of interest to the Library, see how you can 'Help Build the Collection.’

As we continue to improve this digital resource, we appreciate any feedback you may have on the descriptions of individuals, families, and communities represented in these collections. If you have found any errors or know any additional information that would be helpful to those using this resource, please email us at