Susanne Berger (B.A.) earned a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the American University in Washington DC. Her research focuses on the political and economic aspects of Raoul Wallenberg’s humanitarian mission in Budapest and their impact on the study of his disappearance. She has also focused on the fate of other disappeared Swedish citizens in the Soviet Union after 1945. From 1995 to 2001 she was an advisor to the Swedish-Russian working group on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg.
Since 2009, S. Berger has been a consultant for the campaign to free the Swedish-Eritrean writer Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without charge or trial since 2001. She is the initiator and coordinator of the Raoul Wallenberg Research Initiative (www.RWI-70.de) and has written over a hundred reports and articles on R. Wallenberg. RWI-70 has conducted three successful “Raoul Wallenberg International Roundtables” in Budapest (May 16), Moscow (October 16) and Stockholm (September 17), bringing together legal experts, family members, victims and historians for discussion.
Jakob Gatzka (MAG.) concentrated on film studies during his master’s degree in German and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He wrote his master thesis on Stanley Kubrick’s last film “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999). From 2004 to 2005 J. Gatzka studied at the University of Television and Film (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, Munich). He was assistant to the German film and television director Dominik Graf.
Later J. Gatzka worked for FreeX, an agency for authors and directors, and as a writer for German television (“Soko Wismar”, ZDF). Currently J. Gatzka is developing several documentary and other fictional film projects, among others for the non-profit BUXUS STIFTUNG. Since 2012 J. Gatzka has been intensively researching the refugee movement to Europe and is working on a documentary film about an Afghan boy and his flight to Germany: “My Way”.
Jennifer Haas (B.A.) studies English, German and History in the interdisciplinary Master’s program Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MaRS) and works as a research assistant for the non-profit BUXUS STIFTUNG. She contributes to the evaluation of the “Political Archive” in Bochum for the e-learning platform ” bo-digital-engaged” as well as to the conception of the e-learning platform.
She gained practical experience in archive research mainly in seminars within a semester abroad at the University of Reading, as well as in a workshop series on Jewish remembrance culture. She also gained experience in exhibition conception during an internship at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg.
As a research assistant at the Ruhr University in Bochum, she has contributed to initiative projects to promote student teaching and research.
PD Dr. Irmtrud Wojak is the founder and director of the BUXUS STIFTUNG; she is a historian and curator. Her research focuses on political memory cultures and a historiography that explores resistance as a struggle for human rights. As a Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University), she studied the history of individuals who, in the face of prevailing prejudice and political discrimination, maintained a standpoint based on legal norms and humanity. She initiated the research and education project of an interactive Fritz Bauer Library. Named after Fritz Bauer (1903-1968), the lawyer and human rights advocate who brought Auschwitz to justice, the project is dedicated to researching the history of the survivors’ resistance and thus contributing to a more just and humane world.
2004 curated I. Wojak curated the first major exhibition on the Auschwitz trial (1963-1965), and in 2009 she published the authoritative Fritz Bauer biography. In 2008 she completed her habilitation and received her venia legendi at the University of Hanover. Until 2005 she was deputy director at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. She was Head of the History Department of the International Tracing Service (Bad Arolsen) in 2007/08 and Founding Director of the “NS-Documentation Centre” Munich in 2009/11.
Fritz Bauer Library (FBL) and “Human Rights Fighters” collection
The Fritz Bauer Library with its collection “Human Rights Fighters” is supported and further developed by a Bochum-based working group since 2018. The working group organized the event for the online launch of the interactive website of the Fritz Bauer Library at the Volkshochschule Bochum in 2019.
Former associates in the development of our Fritz Bauer projects
Stefan Schuster (MA.) has a degree in therapeutic pedagogy. He worked as a research associate at the BUXUS STIFTUNG until March 1, 2021 and is guest author of the Fritz Bauer Blog. He is currently doing his doctorate at the Faculty of Education at the University of Duisburg-Essen and is investigating the socio-historical processes of alienation and reification that have led to the exclusion of disabled people. He is also a lecturer at the University of Koblenz-Landau in the Distance Learning Course on Inclusion and Schools and at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in the course of study Integrative Curative Education.
He gained practical experience in the field of pedagogy in a workplace and a residential home for disabled people, a boarding school for young people who are described as “difficult to educate” and in a youth hostel for unaccompanied minors who are refugees.