Located in Bloomsbury, at the heart of academic London, the Pears Institute is within walking distance of excellent research resources, such as the renowned British Library and University of London Library as well as specialist archives. The Institute of Historical Research located just around the corner from the Institute, hosts seminars convened by Birkbeck staff and other academics through the year. The Pears Institue also has close links with the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Wiener Library. The School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, a leading centre for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including Israel, is close by.
The Wiener Library, located next door to the Pears Institute, is one of the world’s leading archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. It provides an exceptional resource for the study of: the history of German and Central European Jewry; the crimes of Nazi Germany; the Holocaust and its aftermath; and religious and racial intolerance more broadly.
In this first complete history of the Nazi concentration camps, Nikolaus Wachsmann combines the political and personal in an examination of this immense genocidal machine, whilst drawing a vivid picture of life inside the camps for the individual prisoner.
Nikolaus Wachsmann, KL. A History of the Concentration Camps, Little, Brown, April 2015Find Out More »