Seeking Protection

A blog exploring what we can learn from the experiences of refugees before, during and after the Holocaust – for today

Our Team

Alex Maws

Alex Maws is Head of Education at the UK-based Holocaust Educational Trust, which provides teacher training, an outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource materials. He is a member of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and was the 2015 Chair of the IHRA Education Working Group. Alex holds an MA in Social Justice & Education from the University of London-Institute of Education and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Wolf Kaiser

Dr. Wolf Kaiser worked as a high school teacher and for 24 years as a historian and educator at the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin. Since 2001 he is a member of the German delegation to the IHRA (formerly ITF).



Michèle Corthals

Michèle Corthals is Digital Resource Coordinator at the IHRA. She studied Political Science at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, focusing on the concept of the Responsibility to Protect. She also obtained a MA in History at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, researching Flemish resistance movements during WWII. Michèle worked as a guide at Kazerne Dossin Museum and Memorial in Mechelen and has 5 years’ experience as a change and communication consultant at Deloitte Consulting.


Marc Van Berkel

Drs Marc van Berkel is a research associate at the University of Rotterdam and teacher trainer at HAN University of Applied Sciences Nijmegem. He co-works at the German Institute at the University of Amsterdam and is currently researching Holocaust representations in German and Dutch history textbooks.