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For the last fifteen years the Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship (WATS) has been the main forum where Turkish, Armenian and other historians conduct an informed debate about the destruction of... [Event]
Following the Amsterdam conference by Armenian and Turkish scholars (WATS), the NIOD institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the International Institute for Social History (IISH) will... [Event]
Five exhibitions of posters, photos and other documents 1. The Bund in pictures2. The Bund and Elections in Interbellum Poland3. Yiddish Revolutionary Propaganda  4. Socialist-revolutionary and... [Exhibition]
Gypsy life is highly imaginative. Gypsies are generally portrayed as lazy and unreliable: they live by begging and poaching, stealing chickens and robbing children. But the stereotype of the gypsy is... [Image gallery]
The Chinese people who arrived in the Netherlands from around 1900 onwards were nearly all seafarers and, in particular, stokers. Yet the Dutch did actually not see much of them. After all, they... [Image gallery]
The IISH has a unique and manifold collection of Yiddish material consisting of books, brochures, periodicals and pamphlets of the early Jewish socialist and anarchist movement in Eastern and Western... [Collection guide]
Yiddish letters can be found in several archives which were acquired by the IISH in the course of time. Some of these are from archives bought to or deposited in the IISH shortly after its founding... [Collection highlight]
Recently three collections on the history of Papua were acquired by the IISH.  In 2008 the archive of the Foundation Aid to Papuans in Trouble (HAPIN) arrived. HAPIN is mainly concerned with... [Collection highlight]
From Berlin the IISH received a typescript of more than 200 pages by Leopold Grünwald. Grünwald, born in 1901, was a Sudeten German of Jewish descent. Around 1930 he was secretary of the... [Collection highlight]
This guide contains useful advices and addresses for emigrants to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, South-Africa, Palestine and Autralia. [Collection item]