New Leadership for the ITS
The governing body of the International Tracing Service (ITS), the International Commission, has announced the appointment of Floriane Hohenberg as the new director of the ITS as of 1 January 2016. Ms. Hohenberg, a social scientist with extensive management experience in international organizations, will take up her duties in the archive and documentation center for victims of Nazi persecution and liberated survivors at the beginning of the year. A French national, Floriane Hohenberg served as Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organizations for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), an intergovernmental organization including 57 countries. During her tenure at the OSCE, Ms. Hohenberg initiated and implemented educational and awareness-raising programs to address antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, anti-Roma sentiment and other forms of intolerance.
Before joining the OSCE, Floriane Hohenberg was the Managing Director of the Berlin Office of the French Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliations resulting from the antisemitic legislation in force during World War II (CIVS). The CIVS is a public agency established in 1999 by the French government and tasked with examining and processing claims of confiscated Jewish assets. Ms. Hohenberg was entrusted at the CIVS with the task of coordinating research in archives in Germany to provide information on the fate of Jews deported from France and about their property (www.civs.gouv.fr). She has also co-authored a book regarding the confiscation of Jewish assets in France.
Ms. Hohenberg will succeed Professor Dr. Rebecca Boehling as ITS Director. Professor Dr. Boehling will return in January 2016 to her professorship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), after having been granted leave in order to move the ITS forward in its development as an international center for documentation, information and research.
At a press conference at the close of the next meeting of the International Commission in Bad Arolsen in mid-October Ms. Hohenberg will be formally introduced as the new incoming director.