Featured Resources

Highlighted resources, selected by our expert team of staff.

Our current selection is for: Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2022

Alfredo Jaar 'The Sound of Silence' 2006 installation by Marc Wathieu - Flickr (CC-by-NC-SA-2.0)

What is Holocaust Memorial Day?

“Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27th January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides that followed in later decades in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognize that genocide does not just take place on its own – it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at immediate risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.”hmd.org.uk



To find books in our main collection search relevant key words: e.g Holocaust AND Art (you can narrow your results by first selecting ‘physical’ and ‘online’ or by using the left-hand side-bar menu to select categories such as ‘resource type’).

Recommended artists of interest: 

Jimmie Durham / Judy Chicago / Ori Gersht / Fiona Tan / Alfredo Jaar / Rachel Roggel / Mona Hatoum

Recommended books in our collection:

  1. After Auschwitz : responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art by Monica Bohm-Duchen [Z5055 LON ROY]
  2. Ori Gersht : history repeating by Al Miner [Z5020 BOS MUS]
  3. Tomorrow is the question : Alfredo Jaar, Allora & Calzadilla, Cao Fei, Doug Aitken, Edward Burtynsky, Hito Steyerl, Julian Charrière, Mona Hatoum, Olafur Eliasson, Qiu Zhijie, Raqs Media Collective, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Simon Denny, teamLab, Tomás Saraceno by Luise Faurschou, curator [Z5062 AAR HUS]


  1. Art from trauma: genocide and healing beyond Rwanda by Rangira Béa Gallimore (E-book Central)
    2. They can live in the desert but nowhere elese: a history of the Armenian genocide by Ronald Grigor Suny Genocide: a history by William Rubenstein (E-book Central)
    3. After Genocide: How Ordinary Jews Face the Holocaust by Sue Lieberman (E-book Central)
    4. Genocide and mass violence in Asia: an introductory reader by Jacob Frank (DOAB Directory of Open Access books)
    5. Rwanda genocide stories: fiction after 1994 by Nikki Hitchcott (E-book Central)

E-Journals & articles

  1. The Politics of Holocaust Representations on Film – From the Peaceful Landscape to the Death Gaze: Resnais, Lanzmann, and Farocki by Marija Ratković (DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals)
  2. Exposing Violence, Amnesia, and the Fascist Forest Through Susan Silas and Collier Schorr’s Holocaust Art by Brett Ashley Kaplan (EBSCO host)


The Libraries hold the archives of a number of art historians who were forced to leave Nazi-controlled Germany. These include a collection of letters from Johannes and Julia Wilde during the period they were interned and imprisoned by the British and Canadian authorities. The letters were gifted to The Courtauld by the son of the picture frame maker Paul Levi
and Paula Fuchs.

Libraries has recently contributed to AIM25’s Mapping Jewish London project, itself part of the wider Yerusha programme to unite Jewish archive heritage across European in a single online platform. You can explore the collections through the AIM25 catalogue and our
Special Collections pages.

Film & Video

Kanopy is an excellent resource for films and documentaries.

Our picks:

  1. After Auschwitz – profiling six extra-ordinary Holocaust survivors and their lives after the war
  2. Yogoslav wars: Milosevic and Balkan strife
  3. 7 days in Kigali: the 1994 Rwandan genocide

Artfilms Digital  is a comprehensive database for art films, containing: documentaries, interviews, performance art, animation and many more.

Alexander Street databases (via Senate House) give you access to primary sources and video.

To register or renew your membership, please follow the instructions on our Senate House Library page.


  1. Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume III, Judaism
  2. Human Rights Studies Online
  3. Holocaust (89 titles)

Internal Events

To mark Holocaust Memorial day, Caroline Kleiner (MA History of Art) has helped the Libraries team create a small display of relevant texts from the library collections. You can find the exhibition in our Wellbeing Nook between the Indigo and Amber Rooms in the library at Vernon Square, where there is space to read and reflect on the works. Our thanks to Caroline Kleiner for assisting with this.

External Resources

External Events

  1. Free talk by Professor Shirli Gilbert at UCL- ‘Music on the Brink of Destruction’ on Wednesday 26th January 13:00 – 14:00
  2. Islington Council are holding a virtual ceremony on Thursday 27th January from 10:00 – 11:00. Free to attend
  3. United Nations calendar of events, including sign-up to receive a reminder to live stream the ceremony on Thursday 27th January from 11:00 – 12:30 (EST)

Free Resources

  1.  ‘Learning From Genocide Podcast’ made by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
  2.  Read touching and inspiring survivor life stories on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, like that of Helen Aronson Bem.
  3. Watch ‘Survivors: Portraits of the Holocaust’ on BBC 2 at 9pm on Holocaust Memorial Day
  4. Watch a short film by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust- ‘Nazi Persecution of Black People’ (1:52 mins)
  5. Refugee Voices Archive by the Association of Jewish Refugees is a comprehensive digital archive of interviews, films and maps put together by countless Jewish voices across europe

Social Media


@holocaustmemorialdaytrust (UK based)