The team of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt

TEAM AND CONTACT PERSONS

MUSEUM MANAGEMENT

Porträt von Mirjam Wenzel
DirectorProf. 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 theater 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 print media at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Porträt von Eva Atlan
Deputy DirectorDr. Eva Sabrina Atlan +49 (0) 69 212 33329 Dr. Eva Atlan studied art history, Romance languages and literature, and classical archaeology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and wrote her dissertation on the artist Samuel Bak. From 2005 to 2021 she was curator and head of collections at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and curated and realized numerous exhibitions. As deputy director, she is responsible for collections, exhibitions, library and archive and is the contact person for our historical Judaica. Publications and 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 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 organizing 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.

COMMUNICATION

Theresa Gehring
FREELANCER IN COMMUNICATIONTheresa Gehring +49 (0) 69 212 39220 Theresa Gehring studied cultural management at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar and worked as a project manager in marketing and events at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Since 2014, she has managed many cultural projects in Frankfurt as an independent cultural manager and has worked for the Jewish Museum since 2018.
FREELANCER IN COMMUNICATIONMartin Frenzel +49 (0) 69 212 39220 Martin Frenzel has been working for the Jewish Museum in the communication departement since October 2021.
He studied political science, medieval and modern history, German language and literature, and sociology in Mainz and Heidelberg. From 2003 to 2014 he worked as city editor, deputy press spokesman and speechwriter for the city of Darmstadt, and since 2014 as head of the program department for political-historical and cultural adult education at the Volkshochschule Darmstadt. In addition, since 2003 he has devoted himself intensively, both professionally and voluntarily, to remembrance work and city history, in particular Jewish life/Jewish history/Jewish culture.
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 realized 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.
Freelancer in CommunicationSara Nasraty +49 (0) 69 212 70751 Sara Nasraty has been supporting the museum's digital communications since 2021.
She is studying German literature in her master's degree at Goethe University Frankfurt and, in addition to her work at the Jewish Museum, also works at the Historical Museum Frankfurt.

COLLECTION AND EXHIBITIONS

Porträtfoto von Sonja Thäder
Head of Collections and CuratorSonja Thäder +49 (0) 69 212 38806 Sonja Thäder is head of collections and is responsible for expanding the online collection of the museum and the museum documentation. 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 von Erik Riedel
Head of Exhibitions & Collection CuratorErik Riedel +49 (0) 69 212 40746 Erik Riedel ist our head of exhibitons and is curator of our art collection. 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 Janis Lutz
Curatorial Project Manager ExhibitionsJanis Lutz +49 (0) 69 212 77437 Janis Lutz joined the Jewish Museum in 2019 and played a key role in implementing the new permanent exhibition. He studied cultural studies with a focus on history in Leipzig and Frankfurt (Oder) - with student visits to Lyon and Wroclaw. During his studies he worked a.o. for the Jewish Museum Berlin.
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 the Hebraica collection, contemporary art, and modern Judaica.
As a specialist in Jewish studies and an 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.
Academic TraineeAnnika Friedman +49 (0) 69 212 45695 Annika Friedman has been part of the museum team as an academic trainee since 2021.
She received her Master in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel and her Bachelor at University of British Columbia in Canada. During her studies she was the assistant curator of the art exhibition "Arrivals, Departures - The Oscar Ghez Collection," and a project coordinator in the archives of the Hecht Museum (Haifa).
Project management METAHubMarion Rossi +49 (0) 69 212 77447 Marion Rossi manages the METAhub project, which is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. After studying applied linguistics in France, she started working in the theatre in 2002. In 2004 she came to Frankfurt and has since worked for the Forsythe Company, the Fliegende Volksbühne Frankfurt and Tanzlabor / Mousonturm as a project manager.
Porträt Tanja Neumann
Project management METAHubTanja Neumann +49 (0) 61 838180308 Tanja Neumann is a freelancer in charge of the technical conception, online editing and public relations of the METAhub project, which is funded by the German Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
She studied theater, film and media studies and Romance studies in Frankfurt. Since 2009, she has been advising and supporting museums and cultural institutions in digital projects on a freelance basis.
RESEARCH ASSISTANTJohanna Weiß +49 (0) 69 212 33959 Johanna Weiß is a research assistant in the curatorial team for the temporary exhibition "Revenge - History and Fantasy". She completed studies in cultural studies, art history and philosophy in Leipzig and Athens. She is currently completing her Master Curatorial Studies at Goethe University and Städelschule in Frankfurt. She previously worked at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, among other places.

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE

Porträt von Franziska Krah
Head of the Frank Family CenterDr. Franziska Krah +49 (0) 69 212 39219 Franziska Krah is head of our archive, library, and the 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.
Porträt von Linda Wiesner
Archive and Provenance Research JudaicaLinda Wiesner +49 (0) 69 212 39218 Linda Wiesner is head of the archive and library (as a parental leave replacement). She is also currently researching the provenance of objects in the Judaica collection in a project funded by the Deutschen Zentrum Kulturgutverluste.
She studied Jewish Studies and German in Heidelberg, Graz and Dresden. Her dissertation dealt with the textile find from the Genizah in Niederzissen. Linda Wiesner worked as a research assistant at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg and at the Jewish Museum Augsburg Schwaben.
Valentino Massoglio
Library and ArchiveValentino Massoglio +49 (69) 212 34856 Valentino Massoglio works in the library and archive. He studied history, sociology and political science in Frankfurt and Bologna. He wrote his thesis about Paul Arnsberg, the historian of Jewish Frankfurt. He then completed a postgraduate course in librarianship in Vienna and worked in the scientific book trade.
Porträt von Heike Drummer
Curator Contemporary HistoryHeike 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, theater, film, and television studies, well as French literatures, language, and culture.
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

Head of Education & Audience DevelopmentAntje Thul +49 (0) 69 212-47747 Antje Thul is responsible for the Education & Outreach department. In addition to conceptual planning and administrative tasks, she is also responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs.
After studying general religious studies, philosophy and ethnology at the University of Münster, she worked as a freelancer at the Villa ten Hompel and as a museum educator and project manager for the project 'Antisemi...was?!' at the Jewish Museum Westphalia.
Manfred Levy
Head of EducationManfred Levy +49 (0) 69 212 70726 Manfred Levy’s main areas of expertise are contemporary Jewish life, the religious foundations of Judaism, comparative religion, and forms of anti-Semitism, as well as commemoration and remembrance of the Holocaust.
He studied English and political science, was a teacher and principal at various schools. Since 2010 he has been working as an educator for the Jewish Museum. He develops new educational programs and methods with museum educators from Jewish museums in Europe.
Porträt Dr. phil. Türkân Kanbıçak
Education, Outreach-ProgramsDr. Türkân Kanbiçak +49 (0) 69 212-49562 Since she was appointed to the Education Center 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 educational 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.
Intercultural-political educationRifka Ajnwojner +49 (0) 69 212 49458 Rifka Ajnwojner has been appointed to the Jewish Museum as a teacher since August 2021. She is responsible for intercultural-political education on the topics of Judaism, current Jewish life, forms of anti-Semitism, Holocaust remembrance and democratic education. Furthermore, she oversees the educational offerings in the library.
During her studies of German language and literature and political science, she worked at the Institute for General Educational Science at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After her studies she was the personal aide to the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Josef Schuster, before beginning her teacher training.
Porträt Sophie Schmidt
Historical-political educationSophie Schmidt (on parental leave) +49 (0) 69 212 74238 Sophie Schmidt is responsible for historical-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 connects literature and museum.
As a teacher of political science and English at secondary school levels I and II she was appointed to the Education Center in 2015 and to the Jewish Museum in 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 educational program "AntiAnti –Museum Goes School."
Eugenie studied social sciences with a spezialisation in intercultural relations in Fulda. While earning her degree, she was actively involved in different areas of political education.
Audience ManagementChristina Seipp +49 (0) 69 212 49434 Christina Seipp has been responsible for the coordination of guided tours and workshops since 2020, in particular for the Grossmarkthalle Memorial. She studied history, political science and social psychology and completed her studies with a master's thesis on the Jewish Women's Federation. Subsequently, she worked for many years for the City Archive and the Steinwache Memorial in Dortmund.
Porträtfoto von Arwin Mahdavi Naraghi
Project CoordinationArwin Mahdavi Naraghi +49 (0) 69 212 74237 Arwin Mahdavi Naraghi is coordinating our intercultural shadow theatre project and the educational program "AntiAnti - Museum Goes School". In addition, he is in charge of visitor and tour requests at the museum.
He studied sociology, philosophy, and educational science at the Goethe University Frankfurt. His main areas of study were anti-Semitism research, NS history, and gender studies.
Porträt Fenja Fröhberg
Educational FreelancerFenja Fröhberg +49 (0) 69 212 36573 Fenja Fröhberg is a research trainee at the Jewish Museum in the lab.Bode program, 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.
Porträt Irina Ginsburg
Freelancer für our МЫTEINANDER eventsIrina GinsburgIrina Ginsburg is a consultant and political educator on anti-Semitism and racism prevention. She conceived the МЫTEINANDER series for the Jewish Museum. In addition to community work, she is responsible for regular events, workshops and discussion evenings in this series.
She studied social sciences and sociology in Gießen and Frankfurt. Afterwards, she completed an academic traineeship at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt with the programmatic content "cultural diversity and migration".
Porträt Gottfried Kößler. Foto: Helmut Fricke, © Fritz Bauer Institut
FreelancerGottfried Kößler +49 (0) 69 212 49439 Gottfried Kößler’s main areas of expertise are in remembrance and museum education. He has also developed offerings in migration and media education. Gottfried was also involved in the development of the two permanent exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, to which he brings an educational perspective. He was a high school teacher of German, history, and social studies, officially retired from his teaching duties to work at the Educational Department in the Jewish Museum.

ADMINISTRATION

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

IT-ADMINISTRATORSven Eigler +49 (0) 69 212 77444 Sven Eigler has been an IT administrator since 2021, responsible for technical support, system administration, and the development and implementation of digital projects.
He studied history, Japanese studies, East Asian art history and graphic design in Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. During his studies, he was particularly interested in the commercial art of the Japanese Americans interned in US camps during World War II and in photography. Initially as a student assistant and later as a permanent employee, he managed the IT departments of various university institutions in Heidelberg with a connection to Asia.