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Ben Barkow (born 1956) is the director of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide and a writer.

Barkow was born in Berlin but lived in London from the age of four.[1] He studied at the Middlesex Polytechnic and at University College London. After employment as a researcher at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, he started to work for the Wiener Library Institute of Contemporary History and is today its director. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Jewish Renaissance magazine.[2]


Barkow is the author or editor of these books:

  • Alfred Wiener and the Making of the Holocaust Library (1997) (ISBN 0-85303-328-5)
  • Testaments of the Holocaust, series 1 – 3 (editor) (1998–2000)
  • Philipp Manes, Als ob’s ein Leben wär: Tatsachenbericht Theresienstadt 1942-1944 (editor with Klaus Leist) (2005)
  • Novemberpogrom 1938: Die Augenzeugenberichte der Wiener Library, (with Raphel Gross and Michael Lenarz) London (2008)
  • Philipp Manes, As Though it were a Life (with Klaus Leist, in preparation)


  1. ^ Watts, Peter (7 May 2008). "Inside the London Holocaust library". Time Out. London. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Jewish Renaissance. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.

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