Rudolf Vrba Holocaust Reading Room

Rudolf Vrba Holocaust Reading Room

Established in October 2015, the Rudolf Vrba Holocaust Reading Room serves as a resource accessible to students, staff, and visitors to the University of Alberta who are interested in Holocaust studies. Named in honour of Holocaust survivor Rudolf Vrba, the Reading Room was made possible by the generous contribution of Dr. William Pearce and Jarka Sedlacek who donated a carefully curated collection of texts, manuscripts, films, and archival documents to the Wirth Institute in 2015. The Reading Room houses over 250 scholarly volumes and will continue to grow more comprehensive in years to come. Plans are also in place for the future development of an associated short-term research fellowship.

The Holocaust Reading Room features a cartographic representation of the geographical extent of the Holocaust. Commissioned by the Wirth Institute and completed in 2015 by the cartographer Michael Fisher, this map will be updated and extended in the upcoming years to assist students and scholars focusing on the topic.


Reading Room hours to follow the regular operating hours of the Wirth Institute unless otherwise posted (i.e. scheduled events, winter holiday closure, etc.).

Monday - Friday

9:30am to 3:00pm

A loaning system is in development, but currently books may not be removed from the Institute.

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