Ben Barkow

Ben Barkow is Director of The Wiener Library and the author of Arthur Wiener and the Making of the Holocaust Library.
Philipp Manes: A Thresienstadt Chronicle
Philipp Manes spent two years in the Czech ghetto of Theresienstadt, where he played a minor role in the Jewish self-administration. He also organised over 500 cultural events, ranging from lectures, to play-readings, poetry competitions and concerts. These helped to maintain the morale and integrity of his fellows’ identity in a way that can now be recognised as offering resistance to the Nazis. In his last months he wrote an extraordinary 986 page account of his experiences, which breaks ...
Berlin at War

Roger Moorhouse’s bird’s eye-view of life in Berlin under Nazism using memoirs, diaries and interviews charts the violent humbling of a once-proud metropolis: the fear, the cruelty, the petty heroism and the individual tragedy. Daniel Silver retraced the amazing story of the Jewish Hospital, which miraculously functioned throughout the war. They told Ben Barkow some of the amazing stories they discovered.