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MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Members of the IAC (4th Term of Office)

Grzegorz Berendt - Chairman

Polish historian, Head of the National Education Office at the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Gdańsk (2008-2013), History lecturer at the University of Gdańsk, member of the Scientific Council of Jewish Historical Institute, Deputy Scientific Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk (2017-2021), since 2022 Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. 

Dani Dayan – Deputy Chairman

Director of the Yad Vashem Institute since 2021. Until recently, Consul General of Israel in New York. He also served the function of the Head of the Yesha Council, a political group representing the interests of Israeli settlers on the occupied Jordanian West Bank. 

Albert Stankowski - Deputy Chairman

Polish historian, member of the Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland (2011-2015), co-founder of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN, former Head of the Non-Material Collections Department. Advisor for contacts with the Jewish community at POLIN, originator and founder of the Virtual Shtetl website, since 2018 Director of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum. 

Marek Zając – Council Secretary

Journalist and commentator. Graduate of Jagiellonian University in Cracow, specializing in religious and social matters. Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Council. 

Colette Avital

Israeli diplomat and politician of Romanian origin, Holocaust Survivor. She was a Knesset Deputy on behalf of the Israeli Labor Party and One Israel (1999-2009) and among others Consul General of Israel in New York. She managed the Centre of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. 

Zanet Battinou

Director of the Museum of the History of Greek Jews. Member of the Greek delegation at International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The Museum that she manages commemorates among others the tragedy of Greek Jews in the period of German-Italian occupation and the death of Jews deported among others to KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Michael Berenbaum

Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University, lecturer at Jewish Community Leadership. He was also the executive publisher of the second edition of Encyclopaedia Judaica as well as Project Director supervising the establishment of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Then he assumed the function of President and CEO of Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. 

Sara Bloomfield

Director of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1999. Co-founder of National Institute for Holocaust Education as well as Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Member of IAC (2006-2012). 

Piotr Cywiński

Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Doctor of humanities, medieval historian, graduate of Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, the Catholic University of Lublin, and the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Science. 

Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim since 2006. Vice President of the Warsaw Catholic Intelligentsia Club from 1996-2000, President in the years 2000-2010 and Member of its Board since 1996. Vice President of the Council of the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (2005-2014). Author of numerous publications about the Holocaust. Member of IAC and its Secretary (2000-2006).

Jan Erik Dubbelman

Retired employee of the Anne Frank House/Stichting in the Netherlands. Since 1982 he has initiated and supervised over 5000 programs and presentations in 85 countries all over the world. 

Rev. Paweł Gałuszka, Ph.D.

President of the Board of the Foundation of the Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Oświęcim. Ordained to the priesthood in 2007. In the years 2010-2016 he studied at the Lateran University in Rome. The person recommended for IAC by the Archbishop’s Curia in Cracow. 

Andras Heisler

President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary. Vice President of World Jewish Congress.

Christoph Heubner

He graduated from the Faculties of German Philology, History and Politics in Marburg and Kassel. Writer and poet, he cooperated for many years with the Action Reconciliation for Peace. Co-founder of the International Youth Meeting Center, Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee. 

Artur Hofman

Born in 1959. Polish activist of the Jewish community in Poland, President of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland since 2006, editor in chief of the “Słowo Żydowskie” (Jewish Word) monthly magazine, representative of the Jewish minority in the Joint Committee of the Government and National and Ethnic Minorities; Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN, Member of the Board of the European Jewish Association. 

Tomáš Kraus

Director of the Theresienstadt Initiative Institute. Co-founder of European Shoah Legacy Institute. One of the leaders of the Federation of Jewish Communes in the Czech Republic.  

Roman Kwiatkowski

Co-founder and Chairman of the Roma Association in Poland. Author of cultural and popular science publications, founder of the magazine “Dialog — Pheniben”, member of its editorial board. He is the organizer of annual events commemorating the liquidation of the Roma camp, so called Zigeunerlager at KL Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Ronald Lauder

Chairman of the World Jewish Congress. Founder of the Lauder Foundation. He has supported the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site for several decades. Thanks to his support professional conservation workshops were formed within the Memorial.

Hannah Lessing

Secretary of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for the Victims of National Socialism. Since May 2001 she has been managing the General Settlement Fund for the Victims of National Socialism and since 2010 the Fund for the Renovation of Jewish Cemeteries in Austria. She took part in negotiations concerning the indemnities within the framework of the Joint Statement signed in Washington in January 2001.

Romani Rose

Roma activist, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. Thirteen members of his family were murdered in German concentration camps. Together with the chairmen representing other national minorities in Roma, Rose leads the Minority Council established in September 2004.

Marian Turski

Marian Turski (born on June 26th 1926 as Mosze Turbowicz in Druskienniki) — Polish historian, journalist and social activist of Jewish origin, in the years 1956-1957 editor in chief of the "Sztandar Młodych” journal, since 1958 head of the historical department and journalist of the “Polityka” weekly magazine. In the period of German occupation displaced to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto (1942) and then incarcerated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Extermination Camp (1944-1945). Since 2000 member of the International Auschwitz Council, since 2009 Chairman of the Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN in Warsaw; since 2021 Chairman of the International Auschwitz Committee. 

Igor Shchupak

Director of the Ukrainian Institute of Holocaust Studies "Tkuma" (1999-2002, 2004- now) and the Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” in Dniepr (2010-now). He was the editor in chief of the “Premier”magazine (Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine) as well as editor in chief of the “Forum” weekly magazine (Toronto, Canada). Igor Shchupak is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Institute for Euro-Asian Jewish Studies (EAJC) in Israel as well as member of the Scientific Council of the science magazine “Wojna i Pamięć” (War and Memory) of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. 

Rabbi Szalom Dow Ber Stambler

He was born in Kefar Chabad in Israel and in 2005 he came to Poland together with his family. He established and manages the Chabad Lubawicz Center in Warsaw as well as the Chai Foundation. Together with journalist Filip Memches he wrote the book “Ekonomia w judaizmie” (Economy in Judaism). Rabbi Szalom Dow Ber Stambler is one of the leaders of Jewish community in Poland.

Mateusz Szpytma

Vice President of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). Graduate of the Jagiellonian Institute. Founder and originator of the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II that he managed in the years 2015-2016. He is the author and co-author of numerous scientific and historical publications. 

Ada Willenberg

Krystyna (Ada) Willenberg (née Lubelczyk) is a daughter of Samuel Willenberg who escaped from the extermination camp in Treblinka. Ada Willenberg herself escaped from the Warsaw ghetto. She lives in Israel since 1950. Ada Willenberg is the author of the book "Skok do życia”(A Jump to Life). 

Stanisław Zalewski

Arrested by the Germans at the age of only 18 years, incarcerated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Mauthausen camps. He currently holds the function of the President of the Polish Association of Former Prisoners of Nazi Prisons and Concentration Camps.