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Luisa Beck

Luisa Beck

Reporter covering Europe from The Washington Post's Berlin bureau

Luisa Beck is a reporter in The Washington Post’s Berlin bureau, where she covers elections, migration, history, art and the environment. Before joining The Post, she made audio stories for NPR, the Center for Investigative Reporting and podcasts such as “99% Invisible” and “Rough Translation.” When she wasn’t “cutting” tape, she could be found roaming the streets of San Francisco making location-based audio walks for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the media start-up Detour. She has guest lectured and taught multimedia storytelling to students at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, California College of the Arts and the Berlin Journalism School.

Mischa Gabowitsch

Mischa Gabowitsch

Researcher, Einstein Forum in Potsdam

Mischa Gabowitsch, sociologist and historian, is a researcher at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He holds a BA and MA from Oxford University and a PhD from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and has taught at Princeton, the Humboldt University of Berlin, and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). He was also editor-in-chief of two Russian journals: Neprikosnovenny zapas and Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. His most recent English book publications are Protest in Putin’s Russia (Polity, 2016) and Replicating Atonement: Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities (editor, Palgrave, 2017). He has published three edited volumes, in German and Russian, on the memory and commemoration of the Second World War, and has been observing commemorative practices at the Soviet war memorials in Berlin and the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst for several years. He is currently working on a history of Soviet war memorials.

Edward Serotta

Edward Serotta

Director, Centropa

Edward Serotta is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker specializing in Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Edward has worked in Central Europe since 1985. Between 1996 and 1999, he produced three films for ABC News Nightline. Edward has published three books – Out of the Shadows, Survival in Sarajevo and Jews, Germany, Memory. He has contributed to Time Magazine, The L.A.Times, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Ed founded Centropa in 2000.

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