On August 1, 2019 the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial welcomed Alexandre Froidevaux to the Department of Education and Center for Historical Studies.
Alexandre Froidevaux will be in charge of the organization of the commemorative week to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation in early May 2020. He will be the contact person for survivors and their children and grandchildren as well as for all the projects aimed at or involving them. Another one of his responsibilities will be maintaining contact with Amicale Internationale KZ Neuengamme and all the prisoners’ associations it comprises.
Moreover, he will develop new educational formats for Fuhlsbüttel and Poppenbüttel, the branches of the Neuengamme Memorial and establish necessary cooperations. He will also supervise the work of the open archives and memorial’s media education projects.
Alexandre Froidevaux earned his PhD in history with the thesis on the culture of remembrance of the Spanish workers’ movement. In it he focuses on the Spanish Civil War, the resistance movement during Franco’s dictatorship, the country’s transition to democracy as well as the collective memory and the politics of Memory.
Our new colleague has experience in education, project management and has dealt with the topics of flight/migration and inclusion. He has worked for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and the Berlin educational agency “polyspektiv.” He designed and conducted seminars for the educational program of the Railway and Transport Union in Oświęcim and in numerous concentration camp memorials in Germany. Alexandre Froidevaux was born to a German mother and a Swiss father and originally comes from Baden-Württemberg.