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Executive Board

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MEMBERS OF THE EAHS EXECUTIVE BOARD
Alicja Białecka is a museum curator. She holds the position of Representative for the New
Main Exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Between 2006 and 2012
she was the Head of Educational Programmes at the International Centre for Education
about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (ICEAH). She is the co-author of the methodological
concept and educational mission of the ICEAH, as well as of the International Holocaust
Remembrance Alliance guidelines for study visits in Holocaust-related museums and
memorial sites.
Dr. Shirli Gilbert is Karten Associate Professor of History and Deputy Director of the Parkes
Institute for the Study of Jewish / non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton in
the UK. Her book Music in the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2005; paperback 2006)
was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and has been translated into Spanish and
Japanese. She has published widely on themes relating to Holocaust history and memory,
and her current research focuses on Jewish responses to racism after the Holocaust, and
Holocaust memory in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Dr Gilbert is also a member
of the executive board of the recently founded British Association for Holocaust Studies.
Marta Simo Sanchez holds a degree in Sociology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
(2000) and an MA in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University,
Kraków (2005), specializing in Jewish identities and the Holocaust. Since 2011, she has
been a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona working on a thesis about
Spaniards and the Holocaust. Since December 2013, she has been a member of the
Multilingual Expert Team of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for its
Education Research Project.
Katarzyna Suszkiewicz (Secretary, EAHS) holds an MA in European Studies from the
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and is currently a PhD candidate at its Institute of European
Studies and the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Her thesis deals
with perceptions of the Holocaust in the political history of Israel. She gained most of her
academic experience collaborating with the Centre for Holocaust Studies. She was a
coordinator of the international seminar ‘Antisemitism and Racism in Europe – Fascist
Ideology and Practice’ (2008) and the project ‘Polish Prisoners in Norway during the Second
World War’ under the supervision of the Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Centre in
Norway (2010/2011). Sha was also a recruiter for the International Teachers’ Summer
Institute Teaching about the Holocaust (2008-2012).
Dr. Piotr Trojański is a historian, an assistant professor at the Institute of History of the
Pedagogical University of Kraków (a former deputy director and current head of the Division
for Ethnic and National Minorities), and a lecturer at the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the
Jagiellonian University. Since 2006 he has been working as an academic advisor for the
International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-
Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim and a director of its postgraduate programme on
“Totalitarianism – Nazis – Holocaust”). He is the vice-chairman of the Polish-German
Association in Kraków. In 2008 the President of Poland honoured him with one of Poland's
highest awards - the Order of Rebirth of Poland (Polonia Restituta) - for his outstanding
achievements in discovering, collecting and disseminating the truth about the Holocaust.
Prof. Jonathan Webber (Chair, EAHS) is a British social anthropologist specializing in
Jewish and Holocaust Studies and an associate professor at the Institute of European
Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Before moving to Poland in 2011, he had
taught for twenty years at the University of Oxford, followed by eight years as the UNESCO
Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is a co-
founder of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, where he was the co-curator of its
permanent exhibition ‘Traces of Memory’ and an author of its companion volume titled
Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (Littman Library of
Jewish Civilization, 2009). Prof. Webber is also a founding member of the International
Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. He has been the acting chairman of the
European Association for Holocaust Studies since his first idea of creating such an
association a few years ago.

MEMBERS OF THE EAHS EXECUTIVE BOARD

Alicja Białecka is a museum curator. She holds the position of Representative for the New Main Exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Between 2006 and 2012 she was the Head of Educational Programmes at the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust (ICEAH). She is the co-author of the methodological concept and educational mission of the ICEAH, as well as of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines for study visits in Holocaust-related museums and memorial sites.

Dr Jo Pettitt is an associate lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. She was awarded the Fulbright-Elon Scholar Award in 2017 and has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Bern and the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in London. Her work focuses on representations of Holocaust perpetrators in literature; her monograph Perpetrators in Narratives of the Holocaust: Encountering the Nazi Beast has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr Pettitt is the secretary of the British Association for Holocaust Studies and a member of the executive board of the European Association for Holocaust Studies. She is also co-editor-in-chief of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.

Marta Simo Sanchez holds a degree in Sociology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2000) and an MA in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (2005), specializing in Jewish identities and the Holocaust. Since 2011, she has been a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona working on a thesis about Spaniards and the Holocaust. Since December 2013, she has been a member of the Multilingual Expert Team of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for its Education Research Project.

Dr Piotr Trojański (Vice-Chair, EAHS) is a historian, an assistant professor at the Institute of History of the Pedagogical University of Kraków (a former deputy director and current head of the Division for Ethnic and National Minorities), and a lecturer at the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Since 2006 he has been working as an academic advisor for the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim and a director of its postgraduate programme on “Totalitarianism – Nazis – Holocaust”). He is the vice-chairman of the Polish-German Association in Kraków. In 2008 the President of Poland honoured him with one of Poland's highest awards - the Order of Rebirth of Poland (Polonia Restituta) - for his outstanding achievements in discovering, collecting and disseminating the truth about the Holocaust.

Prof. Jonathan Webber (Chair, EAHS) is a British social anthropologist specializing in Jewish and Holocaust Studies and an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Before moving to Poland in 2011, he had taught for twenty years at the University of Oxford, followed by eight years as the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is a co-founder of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, where he was the co-curator of its permanent exhibition ‘Traces of Memory’ and an author of its companion volume titled Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2009). Prof. Webber is also a founding member of the International Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. He has been the acting chairman of the European Association for Holocaust Studies since his first idea of creating such an association a few years ago.

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
Katarzyna Suszkiewicz (Secretary, EAHS) holds an MA in European Studies and a PhD in political science from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Her thesis deals with perceptions of the Holocaust in the political history of Israel. She gained most of her academic experience collaborating with the Centre for Holocaust Studies. She was a coordinator of the international seminar ‘Antisemitism and Racism in Europe – Fascist Ideology and Practice’ (2008) and the project ‘Polish Prisoners in Norway during the Second World War’ under the supervision of the Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Centre in Norway (2010/2011). She was also a recruiter for the International Teachers’ Summer Institute Teaching about the Holocaust (2008-2012). She has worked for Galicia Jewish Museum's exhibition department.