Anne-Lise BOBELDIJK (1989) is a member of the organization team of the 21st workshop and holds a MA degree in Eastern European Studies and German Studies, both from the University of Amsterdam. During the 20th workshop she presented her research proposal for her MA thesis on the civilian internment camp Ozarichi in Belarus in 1944. Anne-Lise worked as a research assistant at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. In addition, she has conducted research for the Dutch Resistance Museum for the exhibition ‘Names, not Numbers’ on Dutch political prisoners in concentration camp Dachau. She currently works at the Dutch Resistance Museum and is a volunteer for the educational project ‘Names, not Numbers’. Her research interests are national socialist camps in Belarus and in other parts of the former Soviet Union, forced labor and oral history.
Juliette CONSTANTIN was born 1991 in Strasbourg. She studied in a French class for preparing the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the main disciplines were history, social sciences, economics, philosophy, literature and German civilisation. She studied in a French-German Master about interdisciplinary French-German studies at the University of Aix-en-Provence (France) and at the University of Tübingen (Germany). She wrote her Master thesis in History about the memory of the concentration camp of Buchenwald in France through the history of the association of former deportees from Buchenwald. Currently, she does a PhD about the history of activities for young people organized by associations of former deportees in France since 1945. She did an internship in the pedagogical department of the Buchenwald Memorial (Germany), an internship in the Grafeneck Memorial for the victims of Nazi Euthanasia (Germany) and volunteered one year in the documentation center of the former concentration camp Oberer Kuhberg in Ulm (Germany). She works as a free-lancer in the Grafeneck Memorial and the documentation center Oberer Kuhberg and as a youth guide in the memorial of the concentration camp of Tailfingen-Hailfingen (Germany).
Karoline GEORG, born 1980, studied Political Sciences in Berlin, Germany and York, England. Since 2006, she has been involved in research about the persecution of Jews in Berlin at the German Resistance Memorial and The Silent Heroes Memorial in Berlin. She has also been working on the education against antisemitism and has been managing a project in Berlin aiming at new approaches of holocaust education in a multiethnical society.Since 2011, she has also been working on the history of the early persecution in national socialist Berlin. In 2013, she co-curated the exhibition “Why is the world still silent?!” Prisoners in Berlin’s Columbia-Haus Concentration Camp 1933 to 1936.Currently, she is a Hans-Böckler-Foundation scholarship holder and is finishing her dissertation on „The Jewish Inmates of the of the Columbia-Haus Concentration Camp 1933-1936 in Berlin“.
Verena MEIER, born in 1988, studies History, English, European Art History, and Philosophy at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. She wrote her final thesis in History on the topic of the economic exploitation policy of the Nazi regime towards Soviet prisoners of war, looking at a regional example of the powder factory Eibia GmbH in Liebenau. Meier is a member of the association Pulverfabrik e.V. , which is working on establishing a memorial site at the former territory of the factory and Arbeitserziehungslager. She also participated in a project by the “Arbeitsbereich Minderheitengeschichte und Bürgerrechte in Europa” and the city of Heidelberg on the topic of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews from Heidelberg to Gurs in October 1940 and co-organized a ceremony on the Annual International Day of Commemoration to Honour Holocaust Victims and an exhibition on the Deportation of the Jews and Sinti of Heidelberg in 1940. She voluntarily co-writes history related articles for the magazine “Schalom-Шалом” of the orthodox Jewish religious community. Verena Meier participated in the “20th Workshop in Minsk: Occupation – Forced Labor – Extermination” as a speaker and also spoke at the symposium “An die Arbeit! Minderheiten und Erwerbserfahrungen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert“ in 2015.
Paula OPPERMANN (1988) studied history and Baltic languages at Greifswald University for her BA and finished her MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Uppsala University in 2014. During her studies she did internships at the Museum of Occupation of Latvia in Riga and at the Wiener Library in London, and volunteered at the Holocaust Centre in Moscow for one year. Currently she is working as a research assistant at the Documentation Centre “Topography of Terror” in Berlin. She is particularly interested in the Holocaust and its aftermath in Eastern Europe, mainly in Latvia. Lastly, she researched Jewish initiatives commemorating the Holocaust in Latvia during the time of the Soviet occupation of the country, and she presented the results of this research at the workshop in Minsk 2015.