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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.

 

Following a recommendation by the International Academic Advisory Board, Béla Rásky was instituted as Managing Director by the Board of Directors as of January 2010 and is also in charge of the institute’s administrative and business tasks.

 

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.

 

Béla Rásky (Managing Director)

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

 

Dr., historian. Managing director of the VWI since January 2010.

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.

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Éva Kovács (Research Programme Director)

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

 

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

Kovács studied sociology and economics at the Universities of Economics in Pécs and Budapest, PhD 1994, Habilitation 2009. Éva Kovács is Head of Department of Methodology and History of Sociology 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 eight volumes, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She co-founded the audio-visual archive “Voices of the Twentieth Century” and was a member of the VWI International Academic Advisory Board from 2010 to September 2012.

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Greta Anderl (Office 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.

 

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.

 

Jana Starek (Press Officer/Copy Editor)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-150

 

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”.

 

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.

 

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).

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Kinga Frojimovics (Project Collaborator)

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Tel.: 0043-1-890 15 14-210

 

Dr., Historian and archivist, in charge of archiving the correspondence of Simon Wiesenthal at the VWI since March 2017.

Different diplomas in history, archaeology, and archival sciences at ELTE University Budapest, PhD at Bar-Ilan University on the religious tendencies of Judaism in Hungary, Head of the Hungarian Department oft he Archives at Yad Vashem since 2016.

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