NIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust- en Genocidestudies

  • NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
  • NIOD


Issues related to war violence generate a lot of interest from society and demand independent academic research. NIOD conducts and stimulates such research and its collections are open to all those who are interested.

The Institute was founded on 8 May 1945 to write the history of the Second World War in the Netherlands and in the former Dutch East Indies through independent research. Since 1 January 1999 the Institute is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

On 9 December 2010 NIOD merged with the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and it now operates under the name NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

NIOD’s area of work covers the 20th and 21st century, with a focus on research into the effects of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and society.

More information about the institution itself can be found here, more about the history of the NIOD can be found here

Records Management and Collecting Policies

NIOD collects, makes accessible and preserves archives and collections. NIOD regularly receives new archival materials from private persons and organisations and new items for the library are purchased. Through the ‘Don’t throw it away!’ campaign NIOD, together with fifteen Dutch war and resistance museums and war memorial centers, seeks to preserve material from the Second World War owned by individuals and organisations in the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies. More information about this campagin can be found here.

Archival and Other Holdings

NIOD manages over 2,500 meters of archival materials. These archives refer to the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, including the pre-war years and the aftermath. Among other things, you will find the descriptions of the archives of:

  • The German occupation administration
  • Ministries in The Hague and London
  • Resistance groups
  • Jewish and National Socialist organisations
  • Prison camps in both Europe and Asia.

The library also holds publications on the Second World War in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies, as well as books about the Second World War outside the Netherlands, and material about the run-up to and the aftermath of the Second World War. Also, there is a growing collection of books and magazines about extreme war violence and genocides in the 20th and 21st century.

Furthermore, NIOD manages an imagebase containing more than 175,000 images about the Second World War. The images are part of the collections of several Dutch war and resistance museums, war memorial centres and NIOD. Included are a very wide range of images, drawings and posters; from the German invasion in May 1940 to the Canadian liberation of Amsterdam and the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Information on the various archives and collections can be consulted through the search engine. The image database can be found here.

Opening Times

NIOD’s Reading Room is open on Mondays from 1pm to 5.30pm and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5.30pm.

Conditions of Access

NIOD’s archives and collections are accessible for all interested parties. Digitally or in the reading room.

A large part of the archive collection is fully public. However, certain archives have access restrictions due to the privacy protection of people who are still alive. In these cases visitors will be asked to sign an archive declaration or to ask written viewing permission from our director. In the inventories of our archive collections under the heading 'access’ you can see if there are any viewing restrictions for a specific archive.


It is strongly recommend to use public transport to reach the NIOD as parking space is limited and costly. From the Central Station you can take tram 1, 2 or 5 and get off at tram stop Spui. From there it’s a 200-metre walk to the NIOD via the Wijde Heisteeg and the Singel. The NIOD is accessible to people with physical disabilities. Parking facilities in the immediate vicinity of the institute are few and expensive. The parking rate is 5 euro an hour. Parking garages within reasonable distance are: the Stopera, the Bijenkorf, the Europarking, the Museumplein and the De Kolk.

Research Services

In the reading room visitors can consult NIOD collections and conduct historical research.

Visits to the reading room are free of charge and staff members in the reading room are available to answer questions about the collection.

More information on the reading room can be found here

Reproduction Services

Visitors can make their own photo copies or ask a staff member to do it.

More information on reproduction services can be found here

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