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Edward Serotta

Edward Serotta

Director, Centropa

Edward Serotta is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker specializing in Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Edward has worked in Central Europe since 1985. Between 1996 and 1999, he produced three films for ABC News Nightline. Edward has published three books – Out of the Shadows, Survival in Sarajevo and Jews, Germany, Memory. He has contributed to Time Magazine, The L.A.Times, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Ed founded Centropa in 2000.

Éva Kovács

Éva Kovács

Research Programme Director, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

Prof. Dr., sociologist. Research 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.

Hannah M. Lessing

Hannah M. Lessing

Secretary General, National Fund of The Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism

Mag. a Hannah M. Lessing is responsible for the administrative and organizational management of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism since 1995 and of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism since 2001. Since 2010 responsible for the Fund for the Restoration of the Jewish Cemeteries in Austria.
Mag. Lessing is head of Delegation of Austria to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and Austrian Representative to the International Committee of the Auschwitz Foundation.

Lessing participated in the negotiations on compensation topics conducted by Under-Secretary of State Stuart Eizenstat, member of the Austrian delegation headed by Ambassador Sucharipa for the Joint Statement signed in Washington in January 2001.
Mag. Hannah Lessing lectured extensively on the National Fund and the General Settlement Fund, as well as in connection with international commemoration activities regarding the Holocaust.

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