Authors

Gabriele Anderl

Freelance researcher, writer and journalist in Vienna; worked for the Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria; current member of the Commission for Provenance Research and vice-president of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (öge) (Austrian Society for Exile Studies); numerous publications on modern history (e.g., Nazi expulsion and looting policy, Jewish history, Nazi looting of art and cultural objects, the art market, and past and present refugee and asylum policy); Käthe Leichter Prize (1994); Leon Zelman Prize for Dialogue and Understanding (2016); Preis der Stadt Wien für Publizistik (City of Vienna Prize for Scholarly and Journalistic Publishing) (2020).

Nadine Bauer

Studied art history in Berlin, Vienna and Münster; student internship in the Degenerate Art and Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin; 2012/13 Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, German Sales 1930–1945: Art Works, Art Markets, and Cultural Policy database project; internship in the Provenance Research office and Zentralarchiv of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; 2015–18 employed in the provenance research department of the German Lost Art Foundation; since 2018 provenance research at Brücke-Museum, Berlin; until 2020 dissertation on Galerie Almas in Munich.

Sarah Bock

Studied art history and history at the University of Munich; master's thesis "Vienna art market between the wars: Auktionshaus für Altertümer Glückselig GmbH (1919–1941)"; 2015–16 freelance provenance research; since the end of 2015 employed in the collection archive & provenance research department of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München; member of Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.; institutional member of Forschungsverbund Provenienzforschung Bayern (FPB).

Sonia Buchroithner

Studied history and combined studies (incl. culture management) at the University of Innsbruck; since 2003 employed at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; 2003–08 public relations department; maternity leave; since 2011 assistant in the Historical Collections, esp. provenance research; since December 2020 head of DAS TIROL PANORAMA mit dem Kaiserjägermuseum.

Ildikó Cazan-Simányi

Historian, studied history/combined studies, incl. non-European ethnology, at the University of Vienna; since 1995 head of the archive of the Museum of Ethnology, now Weltmuseum Wien; member of the Commission for Provenance Research; publications on museum history; since 2017 editor of Archiv Weltmuseum Wien.

Julia Eßl

Studied art history at the University of Vienna; 2005–11 employed in the art restitution working group of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism; since May 2011 provenance researcher in the Albertina on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; since 2016 also in charge of the database of provenance markings.

Konstantin Ferihumer

Studied political science at the University of Vienna; 2013–16 employed in the Collection and Archive Institute of the University of Applied Arts Vienna; 2016–20 provenance research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; since 2018 editor of the Lexicon of Austrian Provenance Research; since 2021 provenance researcher on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research at Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung.

Lisa Frank

Art historian and graphic artist; from 2008 provenance researcher in the Bureau of the Commission for Provenance Research; 2014 provenance research in the Main Zoology Library of the Natural History Museum Vienna; since 2020 also in the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna; talks and publications on provenance research and collaboration in the Online card index of the Central Depot for Seized Collections in Vienna.

Katinka Gratzer-Baumgärtner

Studied restoration and art history in Florence and Vienna; since 2007 employed in various functions in the Belvedere archive and research centre; as member of the Commission for Provenance Research specialization in the systematic investigation of the art inventory; as archivist also investigation of estates and artist documentation, academic research and contributions to exhibition and research projects.

Christina Gschiel

Studied art history at the University of Graz; 2009–13 provenance research at the Österreichisches Theatermuseum; 2014 provenance researcher in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere – both on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; 2014–15 return to the Theatermuseum in the same function; co-editor of the database of provenance markings; co-author of schneidern und sammeln. Die Wiener Familie Rothberger (2010) in the Commission for Provenance Research publication series.

Susanne Hehenberger

Historian (doctorate 2003); since March 2016 archivist at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) Vienna; 2009–16 (with Monika Löscher) provenance researcher in the KHM on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; 2015–17 coordination of the digitization and online publication of the Central Depot files; since 2018 editor of the Lexicon of Austrian Provenance Research; further information: homepage.univie.ac.at/susanne.hehenberger

Birgit Johler

Cultural studies specialist and curator; exhibitions for the Jewish Museum Vienna, Frauenmuseum Hittisau et al.; 2008–17 for the Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna and editor of Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde; since 2014 curator in the team for a new Austrian exhibition in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum; 2017–19 curator in the House of Austrian History; since 2019 curator in the Folk Life Museum in Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum; research and publications on everyday life and persecution in the Third Reich, material culture, museum history and history of folk life knowledge and science; conception and collaboration in remembrance culture initiatives.

Olivia Kaiser

Studied history and cultural studies in Vienna and Madrid; 2010–11 member www.ns‑quellen.at project; 2011–12 member of provenance research project in the parliament library; since 2013 provenance researcher at the University of Vienna Library; member of Provenienzforschung und Restitution – Bibliotheken (Provenance Research and Restitution – Libraries) working group; since 2018 head of NS-Provenienzforschung (NS Provenance Research) working group in the Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare (VÖB) (Association of Austrian Librarians).

Birgit Kirchmayr

Historian, associate professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the University of Linz; since 2020 member of the Austrian Art Restitution Advisory Board and senior adviser of the Commission for Provenance Research at the Federal Ministry of Culture, Public Service and Sport; 2001–07 collaboration in Geraubte Kunst in Oberdonau (Looted Art in Upper Danube) research project; until 2013 freelance provenance research at the Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum (Upper Austria Provincial Museum); exhibition curator (incl. Kulturhauptstadt des Führers (Führer's Capital of Culture), Schlossmuseum Linz 2008/09; Aphrodite: Eine Bestandsaufnahme (Aphrodite: An Inventory), Stadtmuseum NORDICO Linz 2018); 2017 habilitation with a monograph on artist (auto)biography in the context of Austrian politics and society in the early twentieth century.

Christian Klösch

Studied astronomy, history and philosophy at the University of Graz (1987–96) and University of Vienna (2003–06); 1996/97 co‑initiator of the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York during voluntary service; 1997–2002 Austrian Archives for Exile Studies in the Literaturhaus Wien; 1999–2004 assistant in the Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria in Vienna; since 2005 provenance research at the Vienna Museum of Science and Technology with Austrian Media Library (department head); since 2012 curator in the transport/mobility department responsible for space and mobility inclusion/exclusion; further information: www.christiankloesch.at.

Christina Köstner-Pemsel

Studied German studies and Romance philology in Vienna and Turin; head of Public Relations and Department of Old Books of the University of Vienna Library; since 2006 provenance researcher at the University of Vienna Library; member of NS provenance research working group of the Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare (VÖB) (Association of Austrian Librarians); co-editor of open access and peer-reviewed series Schriften der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare; publications on library science and provenance research, most recently co‑editor of the conference proceedings Treuhänderische Übernahme und Verwahrung: International und interdisziplinär betrachtet, Göttingen 2018; Künstliche Intelligenz in Bibliotheken, Graz 2020; 75 Jahre VÖB, Graz 2021; further information: orcid.org/0000-0003-3756-1461.

Stefan Kurz

Studied history and political science; since 2013 employed in the Museum of Military History/Institute of Military History (HGM/MHI); collaboration in several exhibition projects, incl. as co-curator of travelling exhibitions; research focus Austrian military history in the "long nineteenth century" and the interwar period, and history of the HGM/MHI (currently dissertation project on the history of the k. u. k. Heeresmuseum during the First World War); since March 2020 also responsible for provenance research in the HGM/MHI.

Karin Leitner-Ruhe

Art historian; since 2013 chief curator of the Alte Galerie at the Universalmuseum Joanneum (UMJ) in Graz; since 1992 employed in the Joanneum; curator for the Medieval Collection and Graphic Collection in the Alte Galerie; curator of numerous graphics exhibitions; since 1995 lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Graz; 2002–04 lecturer in the Department of Art History at the Graz University of Technology; since 1998 provenance research at the UMJ; 2003–13 part-time position; 2003–18 member of the Arbeitskreis Provienzforschung; co-editor of 2010 restitution report at the UMJ and numerous other publications on provenance research at the UMJ, on medieval art in Austria and Slovenia, and on Styrian graphic prints and works in the Graphic Collection.

Andreas Liška-Birk

Studied history/combined studies specializing in contemporary history and Spanish (master's degree 1999); since 1992 culture communicator in various exhibitions (Lower Austrian State Exhibitions, Künstlerhaus, Museum Niederösterreich); 2000 Austrian Historical Commission; 2001–14 historian in the General Settlement Fund; since 2015 provenance researcher in the State Collections of Lower Austria employed by the Danube University Krems.

Sabine Loitfellner

Studied history and political science at the University of Vienna; since 2002 art restitution/provenance researcher in the Department of Restitution Affairs of the IKG [Jewish Community] Vienna; previously long-standing collaboration in research projects on approaches to Nazi crimes after 1945 and dealing with the past in Austria (FWF, Austrian National Bank Anniversary Fund, Investigation Office for Post-War Justice) and Wehrmacht crimes ("History in the Making", Ruth Wodak/Walter Manoschek); 2000–01 Austrian Historical Commission (Nazi asset expropriation and restitution in Austria).

Monika Löscher

Historian; 2005 doctorate at the University of Vienna; worked in the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism and the Nazi provenance research project at the University of Vienna Library; since April 2009 provenance researcher at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; member of Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.

Dario Alejandro Luger

Studied history, global history and global studies at the University of Vienna; since 2017 provenance researcher at the Natural History Museum Vienna on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research.

Monika Mayer

Historian, studied history, art history and European ethnology in Innsbruck and Vienna; head of the archive of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna; member of the Commission for Provenance Research; numerous publications and talks on museum history, provenance research and cultural policy during the period of Austro-Fascism and National Socialism, incl. 2012 with Eva Blimlinger co-editor of Kunst sammeln – Kunst handeln. Beiträge des internationalen Symposiums in Wien (vol. 3 of Commission for Provenance Research publication series).

Walter Mentzel

Historian; 1997 doctorate at the University of Vienna/Department of Contemporary History on war refugees and refugee policy in the Habsburg monarchy and early First Republic; 1995–2004 employed in the Österreichische Gesellschaft für historische Quellenstudien in the Austrian State Archives (edited in several volumes of cabinet records in the First and Second Republic); collaboration in contemporary history research and book projects and exhibitions; since 2007 employee and provenance researcher in the University Library of the Medical University of Vienna/history of medicine branch library; member of NS provenance research working group of the Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare (VÖB) (Association of Austrian Librarians); managing director of Netzwerk – Arbeitsgemeinschaft freiberuflicher HistorikerInnen; other focuses: history of photography, war refugees and refugee policy in the First World War, contemporary Austrian history; further information on research and publications: waltermentzel.wordpress.com

Gerhard Milchram

Historian and curator; studied history, journalism and communication studies in Vienna, study and research trips to Israel; graduate of the international Summer Academy for Museology of the universities of Klagenfurt, Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck; from 1993 culture communicator and research assistant at the Jewish Museum Vienna; 1997–2010 curator; since 2011 Wien Museum history and provenance research department; research, publications and exhibitions on Austrian Jewish history and Vienna city history.

Sonja Niederacher

Historian (doctorate 2009 on ownership and gender: socio-historical study on asset formation, NS looting and restitution); 2008–20 provenance researcher on behalf of the Federal Chancellery (culture section) in Leopold Museum Privatstiftung, Vienna; since 2016 member of Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.; 2005–09 lecturer in Austrian history at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA; 2006–08 seminar leader for the Pädagogisches Institut des Bundes in Vienna; 1999–2008 researcher in Stiftung Bruno Kreisky-Archiv; numerous publications and various projects on Nazi history, asset history, exile research and art history, incl. for the Historical Commission of the Republic of Austria, Post AG, Dorotheum, Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna and Gustav Klimt Foundation | Vienna 1900.

Lena Nothdurfter

Studied European ethnology and cultural and social anthropology at the University of Vienna; since 2018 employed at the Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art Vienna, incl. provenance research.

Marcus Rößner

Studied history and physics at the University of Vienna; 2013 history degree; since 2014 employed in the IAEA International Nuclear Information System (INIS) project in the Austrian INIS Centre at the central physics library; since 2018 Austrian alternate INIS liaison officer; 2017–20 provenance researcher at the Natural History Museum Vienna; since 2020 project coordinator for monitoring and databases at the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD); since 2021 also employed in the German INIS centre at Karlsruhe Research Centre.

Anneliese Schallmeiner

Studied art history in Vienna; since 1999 member of the Commission for Provenance Research and employed in the archive of the Federal Monuments Authority; since 2012 archivist in the Federal Monuments Authority; research focuses: the monuments authority in Vienna before and during the annexation of Austria to the German Reich; salvaging of cultural objects, storage in and return from the Operation Zone of the Adriatic Littoral.

René Schober

Jurist and art historian focusing on provenance research, twentieth-century fine and applied art and graphic arts; 2009–15 provenance research, assistant and project work in the art collection of the University of Applied Arts Vienna; 2013–15 provenance research in the Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; since 2015 curator of the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Pia Schölnberger

Studied German studies and history at the University of Vienna; employed in the General Settlement Fund and NS "Euthanasia" memorials in Hartheim and Am Spiegelgrund; 2008–11 project work on politically motivated asset expropriation in Vienna 1933–38 in the Department of Legal and Constitutional History of the University of Vienna; doctorate with a thesis on the Austro-Fascist Wöllersdorf detention camp; 2011–17 provenance researcher in the Albertina on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; 2017 transfer to art and culture section, at the time in the Federal Chancellery; since 2019 administrative director of the Commission for Provenance Research.

Elisabeth Schroll

Studied museology and history, student intern in FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum Berlin and Stadtarchiv München; since 2020 student and freelance assistant in the Commission for Provenance Research.

Claudia Sporer-Heis

Studied history and classical philology at the University of Innsbruck; since 1988 research assistant in the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; since 1999 provenance researcher for the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; since 2009 curator of the Historical Collections; publications on Tyrolean history and cultural history; curator of numerous exhibitions.

Claudia Spring

Historian; since 2008 doctorate at the University of Vienna with a (published) dissertation on Nazi forced sterilization in Vienna; collaboration in various contemporary history research projects, incl. compensation legislation (on behalf of the Austrian Historical Commission), anthropology in the Third Reich (FWF project at the Natural History Museum (NHM) Vienna), anatomical science at the University of Vienna 1938–45 (University of Vienna senate project); provenance research at the NHM Vienna; since 2015 provenance researcher at the Museum für Volkskunde (Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art) in Vienna; further information on research and publications: www.claudia-spring.at.

Anita Stelzl-Gallian

Art historian; studied art history at the University of Vienna; since 1997 employed in the archive of the Federal Monuments Authority; since 1998 provenance researcher in the Bureau of the Commission for Provenance Research; research and publications on collections expropriated in the Nazi  period, most recently vol. 8 of the Commission for Provenance Research publication series on the files in the Federal Monuments Authority on Hitler's "Sonderauftrag Ostmark".

Markus Stumpf

Academic librarian, historian and Nazi provenance researcher; head of the contemporary history library and Nazi provenance research at the University of Vienna; co-editor of both open access and peer-reviewed series Bibliothek im Kontext series (Vienna University Press/V&R unipress) and Schriften der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare (Grazer Universitätsverlag); numerous publications, most recently co‑editor of the conference proceedings Treuhänderische Übernahme und Verwahrung: International und interdisziplinär betrachtet, Göttingen 2018; further information: zeitgeschichte.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/gastforscherinnen-und-fellows/markus-stumpf.

Leonhard Weidinger

Historian; since 2005 provenance researcher at the MAK, Vienna, and collaboration in several online projects on behalf of the Commission for Provenance Research; 2011–13 and 2016–17 collaboration in "German Sales" project by the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; 2017–19 collaboration in projects at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich; 2014–18 board member, 2017–18 chairman of Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.; numerous publications and productions in various media; courses at the University of Vienna; research focuses: Austrian cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth century, digital media in the study of history.