PEACE LINE Project Coordinator
Head of the culture of remembrance and education department
Programme coordination, programme funds
Heike Dörrenbächer, Diplom-Politologin, Dr. phil., 1995 – 1999 director of studies and acting head of the Europäische Akademie Berlin, 1999-2013, managing director of the German Association for East European Studies, with a break from 2009-2011, during which she was head of the Kyiv office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. From 2013-2017, she was head of department for sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and since January 2018 head of department at the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (the association for the upkeep of German war graves).
Heike Dörrenbächer supports the PEACE LINE team as head of the culture of remembrance and education department.
Natalia Hoffmann, with a Master’s degree in sociology and Romance studies, worked for the German-Polish Youth Office in Warsaw until 2011, before joining the international section of the Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft St. Georg (the St. Georg German Scouts association). Since 2016, she has been programme coordinator for programme funds at the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (the association for the upkeep of German war graves) in Kassel and Berlin.
Natalia Hoffmann is responsible for the programme coordination of programme funds in the culture of remembrance and education department.
Viola Benz, Master of Arts in Public History at the Freie Universität Berlin (the Free University in Berlin), study of modern and recent history, the didactics of history and culture management. Bachelor of Arts in culture and business, with a focus on history, at the University of Mannheim and the Univerzita Karlova in Prague (Czech Republic). Involved in different cultural projects at the Kulturamt Mannheim (the Mannheim culture bureau); project assistant at the culture office of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, and the creation of an anniversary exhibition of IG Metall, Berlin-Brandenburg-Saxony. Traineeship in project management at the beier+wellach exhibition bureau.
Viola Benz has been involved in PEACE LINE since the beginning. Last year she was mainly responsible for the Green Route, since January 2021 she has also taken over the project coordination.
Vinzenz Kratzer, Master of Arts in European Studies at the Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder and Adam-Mickiewicz University Poznan (Poland). As a volunteer and Project Manager, he was involved in many education and exchange Projects in Germany, Poland and various other countries in Central and Eastern Europe covering topics such as contemporary history, sustainable development and migration and integration.
At the PEACE LINE project, he is responsible for the Blue Route from St. Petersburg to Usedom.
Stefan Finkele, Master of Arts in Public History at Free University of Berlin. Bachelor of Arts in European Cultural History and History at University of Augsburg and Université d’Orléans in France. Before joining PEACE LINE, he worked in the Communism History Department of the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany, based in Berlin. As a guide at Berlin Underworlds Association, he spent much of his working time in bunkers, bringing contemporary history closer to their visitors.
At PEACE LINE, Stefan Finkele is responsible for the Green Route from Berlin to Niederbronn-les-Bains.
In the PEACE LINE team, she is responsible for monitoring the budget and supporting the operative project management.