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ArchiveLibrary, and Museum remain closed until 7 December 2020.

 

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Team

 

The Board of Directors delegates some of its competencies and operative tasks to the management of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI). The Board of Directors may decide on the extent and details of these tasks in its order of business.

 

The management coordinates the administration as well as overseeing, in cooperation with the Board of Directors and the International Academic Advisory Board, the concept, co-ordination, and realisation of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute’s entire research, documentation, and education programme. Beyond that, the management participates in the meetings of the General Assembly, of the Board of Directors, and of the International Academic Advisory Board.

 

The Managing Director is supported by a team that is responsible for the establishment and inventory of the library, digitalisation of the Holocaust-related parts of the IKG Vienna archive on the basis of the loan agreement from November 2009, public communications, and office management. The team also supports the VWI management in all tasks related to both content and organisation of events, projects, and academic support.

 

Angelika Brechelmacher (Head of Financial and Administrative Affairs)

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Éva Kovács (Head of Academic Affairs)

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Prof. Dr., sociologist. Academic Programme Director at the VWI since October 2012.

Kovács studied sociology and economics at the Corvinus University in Budapest, PhD 1994, Habilitation 2009. She is also is Research Chair in the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her research fields are the history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, research on memory and remembrance, and Jewish identity in Hungary and Slovakia. She has authored five monographs, edited nine volumes, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-curated exhibitions in Berlin, Vienna, Krems and Budapest. She is the founder the audio-visual archive “Voices of the Twentieth Century” in Budapest. She was a member of the VWI International Academic Advisory Board from 2010 to 2012.

Publications

 

Béla Rásky (Permanent Senior Fellow)

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Dr., historian. Managing director of the VWI from January 2010 to September 2020.

Rásky studied history and history of art at the University of Vienna. He has contributed to numerous projects and exhibitions in contemporary history, including the organisation of the estates of Felix Hurdes, Emmerich Czermak, Vinzenz Schumy, and Christian Broda; research on the attitudes of successive Austrian parliaments towards National Socialism; numerous translations of historical works from Hungarian into German, including István Bibó’s “The Jewish Predicament in Post-1944 Hungary” and “The Miseries of East European Small States” as well as Jenő Szűcs’ “The Three Historical Regions of Europe”; co-organisation of the exhibitions “Die Kälte des Februar”, “3 Tage im Mai”, “Flucht nach Wien”, “Wien um 1930”; and many years of contribution to the Österreichische Kulturdokumentation. Internationales Archiv für Kulturanalysen. Until 2003, Rásky was director of the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Budapest, before working freelance and at the Wien Museum.

Publications

 

Marianne Windsperger (Research Associate)

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Mag.a phil., studied Comparative Literature and Romance Languages (Spanish and French) at the University of Vienna. Since March 2018 research assistant at the VWI. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as a predoctoral assistant at the Institute for German Studies (University of Vienna), most recently she was employed at the Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft, since 2018 member of the board at the Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft. Marianne Windsperger attended the Uriel Weinreich Program for Eastern European Jewish History and Culture at the YIVO Institute in New York. Research interests: literary representations the Holocaust, Yiddish literature, cultural theory and memory studies.

Publications

 

 

Greta Anderl (Office and Event Management)

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Mag., General Linguist. In charge of office management at the VWI.

Anderl studied General Linguistics as well as Italian and Spanish Linguistics in Vienna, Budapest, and Albuquerque (New Mexico) from 1992 to 1997.
She worked previously as Executive Assistant to Directors-General/Chairmen of the Board and Human Resources Generalist.

 

Barbara Grzelak (Library)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-300

 

B.Sc., academic library and information specialist, business administration. In charge of the library at the VWI since September 2010.

Grzelak studied business administration at the Business University Vienna with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses as well as production management, and has command over the Russian, Czech, and Slovak languages.

 

René Bienert (Archive)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-400

 

M.A., historian and cultural scientist, archivist at the VWI since June 2017.
Bienert was a research associate at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen focussing on DPs and working on the project for re-designing the permanent exhibition “Ausgrenzung und Gewalt 1937–1945” in Buchenwald.

 

 

Jan Kiepe (Archive)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-401

 

Dr., historian and archivist, since January 2020 Kiepe is responsible for organising and cataloguing the answered correspondence of Simon Wiesenthal at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI).

Prior to that, he was among other things a research associate at the State Archive of the Canton of Zurich (Switzerland) and a freelance collaborator at the Workstation for Historical Anthropology of the Max Planck Institute for History at the University of Erfurt (Germany). His research and publications focus on National Socialism, judicial reckonings with the crimes of National Socialism, as well as the postwar history of the Federal Republic and Democratic Republic of Germany from an everyday and micro-historical perspective.

 

 

Jana Starek (Press Officer/Copy Editor)

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Dr., historian, translator. Press Officer at the VWI since September 2010.

She studied history and Slavic studies at the University of Vienna. She co-founded and worked at the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights from 1982 to 1990 and was Director of the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Brno from 1991 to 2004. She has taught at the Masaryk University in Brno and at the University of Vienna. She is the author of studies and co-author of anthologies on the history of Austro-Czech relations. She has contributed to projects on contemporary history, including at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Republic Academy of Sciences: “Documentation of the Fates of Opponents to the Nazi Regime who had to leave Czechoslovakia after the Second World War”.

Publications

 

Sandro Fasching (Research Assistance, Museum, Web Editor)

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In charge of microfilm digitalisation and hosting and developing the Websites since September 2010. Responsible for The Future of “Memory – Museum Simon Wiesenthal” since October 2016.

He is a student of history at the University of Vienna. Fasching has contributed to various Wien Museum exhibitions: “Wien um 1930”, “Römermuseum”, “Der Dombau von St. Stephan – Die Originalpläne aus dem Mittelalter”, “Virgilkapelle”; he worked on the inventory of the Wien Museum archaeological collection and on several excavations with Stadtarchäologie Wien. He spent one year abroad in Mexico (UNAM), Cuba, and Guatemala.

 

Philipp Rohrbach (Research Associate)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-140

 

M.A., Historian, PhD candidate at the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. Working at the VWI since 2010.

Curator of and collaborator in different projects and exhibitions: "recollecting" (MAK/Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, 2008), "Kampf um die Stadt" (Wien Museum 2009), "Black Austria. The children of African-American GIs" (The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, 2016); "Forgotten Children" and "Lost in Administration. Afro-Austrian GI Children – A Research Project" (University of Salzburg, 2013-2014, 2015–2017); together with Mag. Adina Seeger, since 2013, head of the project "The Austrian Heritage" (Verein GEDENKDIENST/VWI).

Publications

Dissertation

  

Manfred Huber (Project Collaborator)

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Manfred Huber is a cameraman, photographer, and image editor. He has collaborated on numerous scanning projects for scholarly institutions, including the Austrian National Library, the Austrian State Archives, the Vienna City and State Archive, the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), and the Archive of the Jewish Community of Vienna. At the VWI, he is responsible for digitising partial collections and series from the Simon Wiesenthal Archive (SWA). This includes the photo collection, telefaxes, and the case files on Nazi perpetrators. By digitising these collections, the VWI is taking another important step towards becoming a modern, user-friendly archive corresponding to international standards.

 

Wolfgang Schellenbacher (Project Collaborator)

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Wolfgang Schellenbacher studied history at Vienna University. From 2010 to 2019, he was employed at the Jewish Museum in Prague, where he worked primarily for EHRI as well as for the editorial project BeGrenzte Flucht. Since 2018, he has worked on projects relating to Jewish refugees in Central Europe in the 1930s as well as on a mobile web application on the history of the Holocaust in Prague at the Masaryk Institute and the Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He also works at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), where he heads the digital archival project Memento Wien, which makes information about the victims of the Nazi dictatorship in Vienna visible on mobile devices. At the VWI, he has been collaborating on the project EHRI-3 since September 2020, for which he is currently working on online editions as well as curating the EHRI Document Blog.

 

Kinga Frojimovics (Project Collaborator)

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Dr., historian and archivist, project leader at the VWI since February 2020.

Frojimovics studied history, archival studies, and archaeology at ELTE University in Hungary, and Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She is the former director of the Hungarian Jewish Archives (Budapest, 1993-1997), and was head of the Hungarian Section of the Yad Vashem Archives (Jerusalem, 2006-2018). From 2010 she is member of the Commission for the Designation of the Righteous among the Nations of Yad Vashem (Jerusalem, Israel), and from 2011 Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA, USA). Her research fields are the history of the Holocaust in Hungary, Jewish religious life in Hungary, and cataloguing of Jewish and Holocaust-related archival collections. She has authored six monographs, edited four volumes, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Working on the project entitled The History of Hungarian Jewish Forced Labour in Vienna, 1944/45 (project I 4666-G of the Austrian Science Fund) since February 2020. 

 

Nicole-Melanie Goll (Project Collaborator)

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Dr., historian, Studied history, Italian, and museology, PhD in 2014.

2010–2017 research assistant at the Department of Contemporary History at the Institute of History of the Karl-Franzens University Graz, 2010–2013 OeAD scholarship at the doctoral college of the Andrássy University Budapest, 2013 external fellow at the Center Austria of the University of New Orleans, 2017–2019 research assistant at the House of History Austria (hdgö). Lectureships at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz and the Pedagogical University of Styria, curatorial activity at the Universalmuseum Joanneum and the hdgö.

Research interests: Social and cultural history of the war with a focus on the First World War (civil internation, propaganda, war experience of minorities and hero construction) and the Second World War (aerial warfare, propaganda, Nazi end-stage crimes, post-war justice and memory culture).

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