TEAM AND CONTACT PERSONS

MUSEUM MANAGEMENT

Porträt von Mirjam Wenzel
Director of the Jewish MuseumProf Dr Mirjam Wenzel +49 (0) 69 212 38805 A vibrant, open and globally networked museum, where visitors can experience the diversity of Jewish culture and its history is how Prof Dr Mirjam Wenzel sees the museum. Her objective, moreover, is to inspire her team and the public to embrace this vision with her. Since 2016, she has been at the helm and shaping the future of the oldest Jewish Museum in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mirjam Wenzel obtained a PhD in general and comparative literature, political science and theatre studies after studying in Berlin and Tel Aviv; she also worked as a research associate at the University of Munich. From 2007 to 2015, she was in charge of provision of information on Jewish history and culture in digital and printed media at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Porträt von Werner Hanak
Deputy DirectorDr Werner Hanak +49 (0) 69 212 38804 In his capacity as deputy director, Dr Werner Hanak heads and coordinates the teamwork on exhibitions, collection, education, information provision and communication.
He holds a degree in theatre and film studies as well as media science. From 2011 to 2018, Werner Hanak was head curator of the Jewish Museum in Vienna, where he curated the permanent exhibition opened in 2013, in addition to numerous temporary exhibitions.
Porträt von Michael Lenarz
Deputy DirectorMichael Lenarz +49 (0) 69 212 38546 Michael Lenarz has played an important role in shaping the Jewish Museum Frankfurt since its founding. As museum deputy director, he heads and coordinates teamwork in the library, archive and Frank Family Centre, as well as in administration, building maintenance and visitor services. He is currently supervising the museum’s rehabilitation works as well.
He holds a degree in history and German studies and has been involved since 1985 in a large number of the museum’s exhibition, publication and research projects.
Porträt von Julia Zinser-Hoffmann
Main office and visitor servicesJulia Zinser-Hofmann +49 (0) 69 212 38805 Julia Zinser-Hofmann has managed the museum’s main office since June 2018. She is responsible for planning and organising events and for ensuring that all visitor services run smoothly. She has a degree in English studies and Romance languages from the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg, in addition to which she also holds professional qualification in hospitality management.
Porträtfoto von Jutta Keller
Office ManagementJutta Keller +49 (0) 69 212 75294 Jutta Keller joined the Jewish Museum staff in 2007 and is in charge of administrative tasks at the main office.
Upon completion of her foreign language and secretarial training, Jutta held several jobs – among them that of Secretary to the Museum Director at the Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt.
Porträt von Christine Wern
Friends and Supporters OfficeChristine Wern +49 (0) 69 212 34856 Christine Wern joined the Jewish Museum Frankfurt shortly after it opened its doors in 1988. She is in charge of the main office contacts and heads the museum’s friends and supporters office.
Christine is applying her library science degree to expanding the museum’s library and its current holdings. She has also been involved from the very beginning in many administrative areas of the museum.

COMMUNICATION

Porträt von Sarah Fischer
Head of CommunicationSarah Mirjam Fischer +49 (0) 69 212 39220 As press and public relations and affairs officer, Sarah Fischer is responsible for the Jewish Museum’s public communication.
She studied Jewish studies, art history and history in Frankfurt, Berlin and Tel Aviv as well as completing additional training in museum management. Sarah headed media communications and public relations at the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation until 2013. After returning from an extended stay in the United States in 2018, she worked as an editor for the DeGruyter academic publishing house.
Porträt von Korbinian Böck
Online Editorial OfficeKorbinian Böck +49 (0) 69 212 70751 Korbinian Böck coordinates and shapes the museum’s digital communication. He is a key contributor to social media, has realised the website relaunch and is responsible for the museum’s online presence on other platforms.
Korbinian holds a degree in history and Islamic studies from the University of Freiburg i.B., and has worked at the regional history institute of the Westphalia-Lippe’s regional association ( LWL-Institut für westfälische Regionalgeschichte). He joined the Jewish Museum in 2016.

EXHIBITIONS

Porträt von Sabine Kößling
Head of ExhibitionsSabine Kößling +49 (0) 69 212 33959 Sabine Kößling is the Chief Curator of permanent exhibitions in both the Rothschild Palais and Museum Judengasse, and is also in charge of the museum’s exhibition area.
With a degree in Jewish Studies and Modern German Literature, Kößling has curated a number of Jewish Museum exhibitions. She takes a special personal interest in interactive presentations and projects for children.
Porträt von Kata Bohus
Research AssociateDr Kata Bohus +49 (0) 69 212 49582 Dr Kata Bohus has been at the Jewish Museum since 2016. She is responsible for the first temporary exhibition in the new museum and is curating the room dedicated to the Senger family history in the permanent exhibition.
She earned her doctorate at the Central European University and worked at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg - The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study of Georg August University in Göttingen as a post-doctoral researcher until 2016.
Porträtfoto von Sonja Thäder
SCIENTIFIC MUSEUM DOCUMENTATIONSonja Thäder Telefon: +49 (0) 69 212 38806 Sonja Thäder is responsible for expanding the online collection of the museum; she also curates the permanent exhibition rooms on the Rothschild family history. She is a member of the social media and online communications team. She also conceives and oversees events such as the Pop Up Monument.
Thäder obtained her degree in Jewish Studies and Art History in Heidelberg. From 2009 to 2013, she worked as an art historian at the Oldenburg city museum and for the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel regional complex of museums.
Porträt Irina Ginsburg
Research TraineeIrina Ginsburg +49 (0) 69 212 30068 Irina Ginsburg is a volunteer in the framework of the museum scholarship "Cultural Diversity and Migration". For the permanent exhibition, she develops target-group-specific offers with a view to the diverse approaches and perspectives of a diverse society. She studied politics and sociology and worked in different areas of political education.
Porträt Janis Lutz
Research TraineeJanis Lutz +49 (0) 69 212 33959 Janis Lutz has been a research trainee at the Jewish Museum since August 2019. Part of his traineehsip is the realization of the third temporary exhibition, which will be on display in our new extension building.
He studied Cultural Studies with a historical focus in Leipzig and Frankfurt (Oder) - with study visits in Lyon and Wroclaw. During his studies he worked a.o. for the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Porträt Yael Ungar
Freelance Staff Project ManagementYael UngarIn her capacity as a freelance contractor, Yael Ungar works in project management related to the permanent exhibition. She develops design ideas aimed at children and young adults and oversees their implementation into the museum’s new exhibition and children’s program.
Yael specialised in exhibition design in her interior design studies in Hamburg; she has worked on a wide variety of creative projects.
Porträt Sabine Paukner
Exhibition coordinator "Our Courage"Sabine Paukner +49 (0) 69 212 49582 Sabine Paukner is an art historian, cultural scientist and goldsmith. As a freelancer she coordinates the first temporary exhibition in the new Jewish Museum.
She has worked as a historical consultant for international film productions and has worked with museums, galleries and cultural forums in Vienna, London and New York City.

COLLECTION

Porträt von Eva Atlan
Head of the Collection, Judaica, ArtDr Eva Atlan +49 (0) 69 212 33329 Dr Eva Atlan manages the Judaica holdings and part of the visual arts collection of the Jewish Museum. She has curated and realised numerous exhibitions for the Jewish Museum Frankfurt since 2005. In charge of the permanent collection, she is currently leading efforts to redesign its presentation. Eva considers identifying new artistic trends and rediscovering forgotten artists an important responsibility.
She studied art history, Romance languages, and classical archaeology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt and wrote her dissertation on the artist Samuel Bak.
Porträt von Erik Riedel
Ludwig Meidner Archive, Art in ExileErik Riedel +49 (0) 69 212 40746 Erik Riedel manages the Ludwig Meidner Archive at the Jewish Museum. Among its many holdings, the museum maintains artistic legacies of numerous artists in exile, including Ludwig Meidner and his wife. Erik has curated many exhibitions on 19th- and 20th-century art, for instance on Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Ludwig and Else Meidner, Charlotte Salomon, and Arie Goral.
He studied art history, history and philosophy in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and originally joined the museum in 1991 as a freelancer.
Porträt Sara Soussan
Curator of Contemporary Jewish CulturesSara Soussan +49 (0) 69 212 70333 Sara Soussan has been at the Jewish Museum as curator of the museum’s outreach to contemporary Jewish cultures since January 2018. She is establishing a new collection area on the basis of this work. Sara is also responsible for one of the oldest holdings of the museum – the Hebraica and Judaica collection.
As a specialist in Jewish studies and educator, she was active in the field of Jewish religious education until 2013, from which time she has participated as a freelancer in a wide variety of projects.
Porträt von Linda Wiesner
Provenance ResearcherLinda Wiesner +49 (0) 69 212 39218 Linda Wiesner has been the Provenance Researcher of the Judaica collection since May 2018. She has a degree in Jewish Studies and German Studies and has worked as a research associate at the Jewish Studies University Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg and at the Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Schwaben.

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE

Porträt von Franziska Krah
Head of Frank Family CenterDr Franziska Krah +49 (0) 69 212 39219 Franziska Krah is head of our archive, library, and Frank Family Center and is responsible for the academic conception and strategic development of these departments.
She studied history in Freiburg, and earned her PhD in Potsdam with a dissertation on the history of anti-Semitism in Germany from 1900–1933. She previously worked at the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as for different archives.
Valentino Massoglio
Library and ArchiveValentino Massoglio +49 (69) 212 39219 Valentino Massoglio works in the library and archive. He studied history, sociology and political science in Frankfurt and Bologna. He wrote his thesis about the historian of the Jewish Frankfurt Paul Arnsberg. He then completed a postgraduate course in librarianship in Vienna and worked in the scientific book trade.
Porträt von Heike Drummer
Research AssociateHeike Drummer +49 (0) 69 212 38207 Heike Drummer has worked at the Jewish Museum since 1988. She began as a freelance exhibition curator, author, and editor, then joined the museum team staff as a Research Associate in 2014.
After completing a degree in archiving, Heike studied medieval and modern history, theatre, film and television studies, and French literatures, language, and culture.
Porträt von Philipp Groß
Freelance StaffPhilipp GroßIn his capacity as a freelancer, Philipp Groß is mainly responsible for digital recording of the archive holdings. He studied medieval and modern history as well as political science in Frankfurt am Main. He previously worked for the Historical Museum Frankfurt.
VolunteerKarola NickKarola Nick supports the museum by recording and transcribing the hand-written documents in the holdings of the museum’s archives. She was awarded the Medallion of the City of Frankfurt in 2017 for her many years of volunteer work.

EDUCATION

Porträt Kathrin Schön
Head of audience developmentKathrin Schön +49 (0) 69 212 47747 As head of Education and Information Services, Kathrin Schön is responsible for strategic planning and conceptual development related to education with a special focus on extracurricular offerings. Some of Kathrin’s recent projects include the "Unsichtbare Orte" (Invisible places) app, the children’s program, and the museum’s film events. She curated a room for Jewish religious history for the permanent exhibition and co-developed two of the museum’s temporary platforms: The Pop Up Boat and Open House.
She has a degree in Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Art History, and Judaism from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt and the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris.
Porträt Manfred Levy. Foto: Helmut Fricke, © Fritz Bauer Institut
Head of EducationManfred Levy +49 (0) 69 212 70726 Manfred Levy’s main areas of expertise are contemporary Jewish life, religious foundations of Judaism, comparitive religion, and forms of anti-Semitism, as well as commemoration and remembrance of the Holocaust.
Manfred studied English language and literature and political science. He was a teacher and director at a number of different schools and has been a member of the Education Centre staff since 2010.
Dr. phil. Türkân Kanbıçak
Prevention of Extremism, Anti-RacismDr Türkân Kanbiçak +49 (0) 69 212-49562 Since she was appointed to the Education Centre as a teacher in 2013, Dr Türkân Kanbıçak has developed formats for teaching about Islam and Judaism, as well as conceiving strategies for anti-racist educational work and prevention of anti-Semitism. She co-developed the outreach education program of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and heads the cultural educational program
"AntiAnti –Museum Goes School" on prevention of extremism in vocational schools. She studied education, psychology, and sociology and was a vocational school teacher.
Porträt Sophie Schmidt. Foto: Helmut Fricke, © Fritz Bauer Institut
Historic-political educationSophie Schmidt +49 (0) 69 212 74238 Sophie Schmidt is responsible for historic-political education on the topics of National Socialism and the Holocaust. She develops the primary school program and the educational offers of the future museum library, which combine literature and museum.
As a teacher of political science and English at secondary school levels I and II she was appointed to the Education Centre in 2015 and to the Jewish Museum since 2019.
Porträt von Eugenie Frank
Project Coordinator for "AntiAnti"Eugenie Frank +49 (0) 69 212-39341 Eugenie Frank is in charge of communication, educational programs, and follow-up as well as coordinating the workshops for school children in the cultural education program "AntiAnti –Museum Goes School."
Eugenie studied social sciences with a specialisation in intercultural relations in Fulda. While earning her degree, she was actively involved in different areas of political education.
Porträt Fenja Fröhberg
Lab.Bode TraineeFenja Fröhberg +49 (0) 69 212 36573 Fenja Fröhberg is a research trainee at the Jewish Museum in the lab.Bode programme, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation to strengthen museums’ information provision services. Fenja is developing target group-focused art information services for the permanent exhibition and is responsible for visitor evaluations.
She studied history, art and communications in Flensburg and has experience working as a freelancer in the Jewish Museum Rendsburg; she joined the Jewish Museum Frankfurt in 2018.

ADMINISTRATION

Porträt von Dorothea Spillmann
Head of AdministrationDorothea Spillmann Humpert +49 (0) 69 212 33593 Dorothea Spillmann has been Head of Administration at the Jewish Museum since 2012.
Her main responsibility consists of Finance and Controlling.
Dorothea studied Business Administration at the University of Zurich and worked for several years in management accounting functions at Swiss asset management banks. In 2010, she earned an additional degree in Linguistics, Modern German Literature, and Japanese Studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.
Michaela Dittrich
AdministrationMichaela Dittrich +49 (0) 69 212 47456 Michaela Dittrich joined the staff at the Jewish Museum in 2019 and is mainly in charge of accounting, contracts and personnel administration. Before that, she worked for many years at the Frankfurter Bund für Volksbildung GmbH and the Volkshochschule Frankfurt am Main in the field of "Cultural Education".

FACILITY MANAGEMENT

Porträt von Ersen Demirgöz
Technical DirectorErsen Demirgöz +49 (0) 69 212 36231 Ersen Demirgöz heads facilities management and building services, plans technical measures for the exhibition projects and events, and is in charge of occupational health and safety.
A master installation technician and heating engineer as well as business economist, he has been employed at the museum since 2017. Ersen was previously responsible for technical services at the Mainz City Hall.