Rachel Stern is the founding and executive director of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art in New York. Born and raised in Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1994. Stern curates exhibitions, publishes books and organizes events and conferences about the fate of artists who were persecuted under German National Socialism. In 2017, Stern received the Hans and Lea Grundig Prize for this work.
Ilja Richter was one of the best-known TV stars in Germany in the 1970s, mainly through the ZDF show disco and many movies. After his television career, he devoted himself almost exclusively to the theater – and alongside his stage career he was always writing. Ilja Richter began his stage career at the age of nine. His multifaceted talent shows in his wide range of activities as a speaker for radio, dubbing and audio books, as an author, director, in TV films, series and occasionally in film roles. In recent years he can be seen mainly in his solo programs on stage.
Dr. Martina Weinland studied art history, German and theater studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and completed these courses in 1989 with a doctorate. From 1992 she was a research associate at the Stadtmuseum Berlin and since January 2018 she is the Representative for Cultural Heritage, who is responsible for the dependent foundations.