With the MEMORIA initiative, the Elisabeth Käsemann Foundation is providing German and Latin American experts in the fields of legal processing and pedagogical communication of crimes against humanity the opportunity of a regular moderated exchange of expertise.

MEMORIA – Memorial Site Working Group

  • Communicating the importance of preserving and creating places of remembrance for society as a whole
  • Further developing the pedagogical mission of places of remembrance
  • Promoting the importance of protecting individual, legal, economic, social and cultural human rights as part of a processual development of awareness based on past experiences
  • Further developing methods and strategies of communicating autocratic and conflictual pasts
  • Discourse on new scientific approaches in dealing with the past in a time where contemporary witnesses can no longer give their accounts, e.g., augmented and virtual reality
  • Broadening intercultural competence within the culture of remembrance
  • Exchange of experiences from the daily routine of memorial sites and places of learning, and concerning specific national or individual problem areas
  • Presentation of Best Practice projects
  • Language of communication: Spanish



Thomas Fischer, PhD, Chair of the History of Latin America at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany and Director of the Central Institute for Latin American Studies (ZILAS). 2016-2020 Chair of the German Latin American Studies Association (ADLAF), since 2020 Member of the ADLAF Board. Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Iberoamericana. América Latina, España y Portugal”.

Elke Gryglewski, PhD, managing director of the foundation of the lower Saxony Memorials and Director of the Gednekstätte Bergen-Belsen (Bergen Belsen Memorial). Member of the bilateral expert commission appointed by Chile and Germany for the creation of a Documentation and memorial concept for Colonia Dignidad.

Evelyn Hevia Jordán, Psychologist and doctoral student in history at the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany. Research associate at the Dignity and Human Rights Working Group at Silva Henríquez Catholic University.

Jonathan Karszenbaum is the executive director of the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires and teaches Jewish history at the ORT school (Almagro). Before he was the executive director of the Holocaust survivors associations Generations of the Shoah and Sherit Hapleitá (2009-2015).


Alejandra Naftal, Museologist. Curator of the museological project and executive director of the Museum of Memory ESMA – Ex Centro Clandestino de Detención, Tortura y Exterminio. Argentina (2012-2022). She is currently a consultant for research projects related to museums.

Alejandro Olivera Zúñiga, Education Area Coordinator of the memorial Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi, Santiago de Chile and professor of History and Social Sciences, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano.


María Luisa Ortiz Rojas, Head of collections and research, Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos, Santiago de Chile.

Patricia Prieto Soto, Responsible for the areas Inclusion and Diversity at the Education Department of the Gedenkstätte Dachau (Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site). DESS (M.A.). Physics and Archaeology (Michel de Montaigne, University, Bordeaux, France).

Daniel Rebolledo HernándezCoordinator of the Museum Area  of the memorial site Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi, Santiago de Chile. Anthropologist with a Master in Territorial Planning and Environmental Management, Universidad de Barcelona.

Paula Santana is member of the education department of the Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen (Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen) and works as a freelancer at the Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz (Memorial and educational center House of the Wannssee Conference). She is a political scientist with degrees from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, the Touro College Berlin/New York and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Cecilia Sosa is an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Memory and Post-Conflict Cultures, University of Nottingham. She works at the crossroads of memory, gender and the arts.  




David Graaff is a political scientist and historian specializing in Latin America. As a journalist and researcher, he accompanied the peace process in Colombia and regularly translates texts of political philosophy. He currently works at the Alexander von Humboldt Cultural Institute in Medellín. He speaks German, Spanish and English at an advanced level.

MEMORIA – Legal Working Group
  • The working group is contributing to the dialog on practical and scientific issues in the field of international criminal law processing of crimes against humanity
  • Development of new international approaches in the legal processing of crimes against humanity
  • New impulses for German and Argentinian judicature and jurisprudence
  • Intercultural understanding and intensification of German-Argentinian cooperation 
  • Promotion of democratic culture and social peace
  • Protection of human rights
  • Language of communication: English



Dr. Natalia Barbero, professor of Criminal Law, Human Rights and International Criminal Law at the University of Buenos Aires, professor at the National Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Silvina Andrea Alonso, lawyer graduated at University of Buenos Aires, PhD student in Criminal Law at University of Salvador in Buenos Aires, Master’s degree student of Criminal Mediation at University of Valencia, Spain, specialist in Criminal Law at University of Buenos Aires, professor at the Law School, University of Buenos Aires.

Stefanie Bock, PhD, Professor at Philipps-Universität Marburg – Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law and Comparative Law. Director of the International Research and Documentation Center War Crimes Trials, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Boris Burghardt, PhD, Professor of Criminal Law, Contemporary Legal History and Philosophy of Law, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. Member of the Board of the Society for Civil Rights since 2017.

Julia Geneuss, PhD, LL.M. (NYU), Professor for German and International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and Comparative Law, University of Bremen, Germany.

Dr. Alberto Zuppi, former Robert & Pamela Martin Professor of Law, Louisiana State University, teaching various subjects, including Public International Law and International Criminal Law, professor of Public International Law, CEMA University, and professor of International Criminal Law, Palermo University, Buenos Aires.