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Since 3 May 2021, the archive and library have been reopened to visitors with strict hygiene measures. Appointments are necessary. The museum is also open to the public again (max. three persons at the same time).

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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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-110

 

Éva Kovács (Head of Academic Affairs)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-120

 

Prof. Dr., sociologist.
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 ten volumes, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-curated exhibitions in Budapest, Berlin, Bratislava, Krems, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw. 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 and Academic Programme Director at the VWI between 2012 and 2020.

Publications

 

Greta Anderl (Office and Event Management)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-100

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.

 

René Bienert (Archive)

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

MA, studied ethnology, cultural history, and sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Since 2017, he has been responsible at the VWI among other things for increasing the accessibility and dissemination of the Simon Wiesenthal Archive as well as the Holocaust-related parts of the Archive of the Jewish Community of Vienna. Prior to this, Bienert worked among other things as the deputy head of research and education at the International Tracing Service (ITS, today called the Arolsen Archives), where he focussed on Displaced Persons. Following this, he was a research associate at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, where he worked on a project to redesign the permanent exhibition “Buchenwald: Exclusion and Violence 1937–1945” at the Buchenwald Memorial. Most recently, he was an EHRI Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. and a visiting lecturer at the University of Vienna. His work currently focusses aside from archival questions on research and dissemination relating to forced migration and Displaced Persons as well as the (juridical) reckoning with Nazi crimes after 1945.

 

Sandro Fasching (Research Assistance, Museum, Web Editor)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-160

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.

 

Kinga Frojimovics (Project Collaborator)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-220

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Philipp Rohrbach (Research Associate)

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Philipp Rohrbach, MA, studied history, Slavic studies, and contemporary history at Vienna University, where he is currently working on his PhD.

He has been a research associate at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies since 2010. He has moreover collaborated on numerous projects and curated various exhibitions, including recollecting (MAK, 2008), Goldscheider (LBI NY, 2009), Kampf um die Stadt (Wien Museum, 2009), SchwarzÖsterreich. Die Kinder afroamerikanischer Besatzungssoldaten (Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, Vienna, 2016), Ungarisch-jüdische Zwangsarbeit in Wien 1944/45 (VWI, 2015-2018), and Lost in Administration. Die Geschichte der Kinder afroamerikanisch Gis in Österreich (University of Salzburg, 2015-2017). He currently heads the project Austrian Heritage Archive (Verein Gedenkdienst/VWI) together with Mag. Adina Seeger und Tom Juncker, MA. His research interests include Jewish Austrian emigration to the USA and to Palestine/Israel, oral history, children of war, racism after 1945 and adoption studies.

Publications

Dissertation

 

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.

 

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

 

Mirjam Wilhelm (Project Collaborator)

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Dr. des., studied art history and curatorial studies at Trier University and Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. PhD at the Institute of Art and Visual Culture at Carl-von-Ossietzky-University Oldenburg. At the VWI since January 2021 as a project collaborator for EHRI-PP and EHRI-3.

She has worked as a research assistant at the department of Jewish Studies and Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Yale University, New Haven, U.S. (2018), as a project collaborator for the interdisciplinary Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre and its project-database (2015-2016), and as a curatorial assistant in London, UK (Brick Lane Gallery) and Frankfurt am Main (Städel Museum).

Research interests: Art History, Gender and the Holocaust (especially NS-“Euthanasia“), Women Artists, Jewish Modernities, Avantgarde Art of the 1920s-1930s in the Post-Habsburg Context, Digital Humanities

 

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.

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